There are numerous organizations that are working on tough challenges related to water including improving accessibility to clean water or conducting research on the best strategies to conserve the freshwater resources we have. Here are 12 excellent organizations that you can contribute to in order to help with global water issues.
A think tank that provides thought-leadership in developing sustainable water policies. Its mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges.
The Water Project
For $12,000 to $15,000, you can sponsor a well or water project that will provide clean water and have an enormous impact on an entire village. Photos and GPS coordinates are provided to show progress during and after construction.
Seametrics previously interviewed the CEO of Project WET, an organization helping teachers throughout the world teach students about important water concepts such as managing and conserving water resources.
Columbia Water Center
As part of Columbia University, the Columbia Water Center works on developing innovations to address water scarcity around the world. Some examples include large scale rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharging systems in Africa and water quantity and quality management strategies in China’s Yangtze River basin.
Global Water Challenge
GWC is a coalition of leading companies & NGOs that aim to solve our world’s most pressing global water challenges. They work with companies like Coca Cola to invest in safe water access programs with the goal to benefit 2 million people by 2015.
American Rivers focuses on river conservation and has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers since 1973. They advocate for water efficiency and low impact supply solutions to protect the water flowing in rivers.
WaterCredit provides microfinance tools to help people obtain access to clean water. They have helped more than 2.6 million people access clean water and sanitation through $128 million in capital disbursed.
Charity: Water puts 100% of public donations toward clean water projects and they provide photos and GPS to track projects you contribute to. You can donate small amounts or fund entire water projects starting at $10,000.
The Soil and Water Conservation Society
SWCS is a scientific and education non-profit that primarily serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and science-based policy. They create training and professional development opportunities for conservationists and educate local policy makers about conservation problems.
Imagine H2O inspires innovation and empowers entrepreneurs to tackle water problems through its prize competitions and business accelerator programs. Past competitions have included $50k in prizes for data-driven solutions to water resource challenges.
American Water Works Association
The largest non-profit scientific and education association focusing on managing and treating water. It works on providing solutions to effectively manage water and educates water professionals and the public about water issues.
The Waterkeeper Alliance works to protect water resources with 260 local organizations throughout six continents. The organization supports laws that protect water resources and volunteers monitor rivers and lakes for pollution.