ABOUT US

ABOUT US

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$15 MILLION RAISED. 2,051 PROJECTS COMPLETED. 172,000 LIVES TRANSFORMED.

Water1st was started in 2005 by a group of professionals with solid experience in the water and sanitation and fundraising sectors. Our focus was simple: build an organization from the ground up with the ability to consistently implement high-quality water and sanitation projects that provide permanent solutions for the world’s poorest communities.

We are fulfilling that vision, one community at a time. We’ve completed 2,051 projects, and not one has failed. LEARN MORE.

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READ OUR GUIDING BELIEFS

Meet Our Staff, Board, and Advisory Council

SEATTLE

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Marla Smith-Nilson
Founder and Executive Director

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Jennifer Norling
Director of Development and Communications

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Kirk Anderson
Director of International Programs

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Sara DeRuyck
Director of Advocacy and Global Fellows Program

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Zoe Barker-Aderem
Development and Youth Outreach Coordinator

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Angele Hunskor
Special Events Manager

PORTLAND

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Molly Briscoe
Outreach and Community Engagement

Consultants:
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Pooja Babbrah
Social Media Coordinator

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Steve Deem
International Programs Consultant

Parts and Labor Design

Eric Sheckler/Parts and Labor, Inc
Print and Web Design

Financials and FAQs

Our Work

Since 2005, we have helped 172,000 people obtain access to clean, convenient water supplies and sanitary toilets, which communities independently own and manage. Learn more about how we end the walk for water.

Our Financials

Water1st is a grassroots organization of more than 7,000 supporters all giving what they can to this cause. Since 2005, the Water1st community has given over $15 million to fund 2,051 projects in five countries, benefiting 172,000 people. Click here for downloadable copies of our financial audits, IRS Form 990s and annual reports.

FAQs

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Visit our FAQs page to learn more. Contact us if you can’t find what you are looking for!

Water1st International is a 501(c)(3) and our tax ID is 20-2601035. We’ll send you a tax receipt within a week of receiving your donation.