Water. Everyday, it affects our lives when we cook, take showers, and go about routine activities. We think of it as inconsequential, a resource that it always available, yet in the developing world it is a paucity. Across the world, over 3.5 million people die from water related complications annually.
This year MAPS, Mira’s Alliance for Philanthropic Sustainability, wants to help demolish this problem through Water.org. “Water.org is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries.” (water.org) MAPS became very interested in studies concerning water when we learned that women are greatly affected by this water crisis. When their basic needs are not met, these women shoulder the responsibility of keeping a village alive with water. They are unable to attend school, or improve their lives, because of this responsibility. It creates a cycle that MAPS is determined to halt.
We found that Water.org was the best match for us in terms of transparency and sustainability. Water.org’s total revenue as of 2009, when it was first established, was $5,945,270. Expenses including the program, administrative, and fundraising totaled to $5,213,647, with the program expenses being the majority. Excess amount for the year was $731,623. The Net assets totaled $2,792,389. (Charity Navigator.org)
MAPS is planning to raise $5,000 to donate to water.org so that a well can be made in a foreign country that we will announce in the upcoming weeks. With the money we donate, Water.org will use that money to train local villagers to build and sustain the well, creating jobs and providing an entire village with clean water which will decrease the number of people who die yearly from water related issues across the world.
MAPS will start reviewing and researching various organizations to continue educating our community to a more transparent and sustainable philanthropy effort.