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Charity: water Rating Summary
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  • 1. NPI Evaluation of charity: water NPI Rating: BUY Evaluation as of April 3, 2013 Analyst: Luke Pryor
  • 2. NPI Rating: BUYCurrently in its sixth year, charity: water has posted animpressive track record in terms of transparency,effectiveness, and financial strength. The organizationhas been growing steadily with consistentlydemonstrated impact.
  • 3. Charity: water Strengths▲ Demonstrated Impact. Since 2006, Charity: water has funded the construction of nearly 7,000 wells worldwide, providing clean water to an estimated 2.4 million people.▲ Rigorous Accountability. Charity: waters “dollars to projects” program provides GPS coordinates and photos of all completed wells, allow donors to better see the impact they’ve generated.▲ Consistent Growth. Charity: water is well funded with consistent revenue growth since inception, and the rate of growth is increasing.▲ Transparency. Charity: water exhibits a high level of transparency in tracking donor dollars and in demonstrating return on investment. The organization publishes regular annual reports, and presents its Form 990s and executive salaries clearly on its website.▲ Separate Administrative Budget. All administrative activities of charity: water are funded by a small group of private donors, allowing all other donations to go directly to program activities. This provides for increased transparency for donors.
  • 4. Charity: water Cautions● Increasing Cost of Wells. The cost to construct a well has increased over the last three years from $4,500 to $7,600. This could be due to recent capacity building initiatives, but may also reflect a change in geographic mix or a recent decrease in efficiency.● Lack of impact studies. Charity: water cites a UNESCO study indicating that every $1 invested in the water supply yields up to $12 for the local economy. However, more targeted impact studies based on CW activities would be useful in order to maximize ROI.
  • 5. More Information• Access the full research report for free here:• To provide feedback on the report, please either comment directly on our website or contact us directly:
  • 6. About NPI• Nonprofit Investor publishes detailed, peer-reviewed evaluations of charities written by business leaders with due diligence expertise. All research reports are free to download:• Follow NPI: – Twitter: @nonprofitinvest – Quora Blog: – Facebook:• NPI is a 501(c)(3) charity (EIN: 45‐3627609)