OUR TRANSPARENCY PLEDGE
We pledge to always be transparent and accountable throughout all aspects of our organizational operations. We
pledge to share timely, accurate information about our finances, our processes and our projects. We will quickly
share both the good news and any issues we are facing. Donors will have full access to the information they need
to assess CDWT's worthiness of their donation. We will always promote a culture of respect, understanding and
trustworthiness and our donors will be treated as partners on our projects.
WHO WE ARE
CDWT is a 100% volunteer organization. Having no buildings, no vehicles, and no paid staff, we have almost no
overhead. The tiny bit of overhead we do have is related to the most basic administrative tasks: IRS filing, bank
fees and printing costs. Our board donates their time and they often donate their own resources to carry out the
day- to- day business of the organization. Better than 90% of all donations are directly applied to our
project costs and we adhere to standard IRS nonprofit accounting principles. We have no assets. Tools purchased
for projects are often gifted to the communities we help after the project is completed. Our bottom line is
measured by the impact of our results. We believe the more cost effective our projects can be, the more projects
we can complete, and the more passionate people will be to support us. Join us and be a partner in something
meaningful and life changing.
Quite simply, we provide clean drinking water solutions for small, desperate, rural communities who have
nowhere else to turn. There are communities all around the world that are ignored, forgotten or just aren't
helped by their governments. They know they have a crisis, they want to solve the crisis but they just don't have
the means or the resources to solve it by themselves. That's where we come in. We are supported by people who
also want to help these communities. We combine our efforts, talents, our own resources and donations from
generous supporters and together we help the people. They own the project and they own the water system
when the project is finished. We help restore their drinking water system and if we do it right, we also restore
pride and dignity in the community.
FIVE QUESTIONS DONORS SHOULD ASK EVERY NONPROFIT
The following questions are from an article by Bruce DeBoskey
What is CDWT's purpose?
CDWT has a very clear purpose
. We work closely with
small rural villages to install clean drinking water systems they will own and maintain. Our work
accomplishments, origins, future plans are published on our website and we welcome any opportunity, large or
small, to talk about our mission and achievements. We are run by a board of directors consisting of 3 qualified
and dedicated people with over 90 combined years of experience in water resource management. Our 501(c)(3)
nonprofit status is currently being submitted to the IRS.
Is CDWT financially transparent?
CDWT publishes a monthly (Finance Report
donations, expenses and project budgets. We think it is vital for our donors to understand how we manage and
spend the money they donate to our projects. Take a look at our Transparency Pledge
What verifiable outcomes result from the work done by CDWT?
CDWT publishes map, photos and detailed journals describing our work and (completed projects
publish details accounts on all our projects including: what it costs, where it is being done, who it is helping, and
the impact it is bringing to the community. We don't want there to be any doubt about the work we are doing.
Is CDWT exploring income generating opportunities in addition to donations and grants?
CDWT welcomes all discussions on income generating activities
We have a great team that is always thinking outside the box on ways to generate an income to support our
projects. Some ideas we want to pursue include: Sponsored Craft Beer Events, Fair Trade sale of items brought
back from our project locations, website hosting for other charities, water pump distribution and sales.
Does CDWT provide timely updates on successes and challenges?
The most often updated page on our website is the (NEWS page
). We quickly share all information
about our work and our organization, the good new and the not-so-good news. We know we will face challenges
from time-to-time but we believe the best way to overcome challenges is to lay them out in the open and be
ready to accept input from the people who want to offer advice. We go beyond what is done in most nonprofits -
read more about it in our (Transparency Pledge
Does CDWT appreciate the support and donations it receives?
CDWT appreciates every donation, regardless of size. We send timely thank you notes and we post the names of
donors, with their permission. We place logos from corporate donors on our site and on our team project shirts.
But, the best way we know how to show our appreciation is by sharing news of the progress we make on our
projects showing how we effectively utilize the donations. We invite everyone to subscribe to our news feed to
). We install
commemorative or memorial plaques on our completed projects honoring our donors. If we received $1.00 from
just 10% of the people in the USA we would have enough money to implement more than 3,000 projects. No
contribution is too small. CDWT donors are not just people who donate money, every one of them is a project