|Headquarters||New York City, United States|
|Area served||20 countries|
|Mission||bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations|
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Founded in 2006, it has helped fund 6,611 projects in 20 countries, benefiting over 2,545,000 people. Overall, the organization has raised over $40 million as of January 15, 2012.
Based in New York City, Charity: water uses both mainstream and social media platforms to raise awareness, including annual galas and events arranged via Twitter. The initiative has received donations from 50,000 individuals. Dedicated donors cover administrative costs, so donations from the general public go to fund water projects. It provides GPS coordinates and photos of the wells it builds. The organization has 20 full-time staff members, 10 interns and more than 800 volunteers. charity: water uses 100% of public donations to fund clean water projects as its operating costs are funded by private donors, foundations and sponsors.
Founder Scott Harrison was a New York City club promoter for ten years. In 2004, Scott committed two years of his life to the poor and marginalized through volunteer service in Liberia with Mercy Ships. He traced problems surrounding education, safety, and health back to a lack of clean water and basic sanitation systems. Scott began to tap his network in an attempt to get as many people as possible to support his cause.
Rachel Beckwith 
Rachel Beckwith was a nine-year-old American girl who, for her birthday, wanted to raise $300. She asked family and friends not to buy her any presents but to give money towards the charity: water campaign. In the month after her birthday, she had raised $220.
On July 20, 2011, Rachel was travelling in a car with her mother and sister when it was hit in a 13 vehicle pile-up. Her mother and sister escaped with minor injuries but Rachel was taken to hospital. On July 23, it was decided to turn off her life support.
A pastor from her church then reopened the donor page that she had created with her mother on a social network. Donations began to pour in from all over the world. On 12 August 2011, Rachel's campaign collections broke the $1 million mark. When the campaign ended on October 1, 2011, it had raised $1,271,713. This money was donated by 31,980 people across the world.
External reviews 
GiveWell review 
Charity evaluator GiveWell published a review of charity: water in December 2012. Their overall conclusion was that charity: water "stands out from other organizations we have considered in some respects (such as conducting evaluations that include frank discussions of problems), but we remain uncertain about the humanitarian impact of their work and the relative effectiveness of their partner selection process."
See also 
- "How charity water raises millions through digital channels". Artez Interactive. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
- Party Planner Kicks $350 Grey Goose Habit for Clean Water Cause, Bloomberg, Patrick Cole, December 15, 2008
- Crowded roads ahead for charity 2.0, CNET News, Caroline McCarthy, August 5, 2009
- Clean, Sexy Water, New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof, July 11, 2009
- Case study: charity: water, Think Social, May 26, 2009
- "Rachel Beckwith's legacy: $1 million for charity". 2011/08/12. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
- "charity: water (charity review)". GiveWell. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2012-12-05.