Philanthropedia Identifies Highest-Performing Nonprofits in International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Cause Areas

Release date: March 20, 2015

In honor of World Water Day 2015, 81 International Experts Recommend 16 Outstanding Nonprofits that Make a Difference for those who Suffer from Water Related Issues

Washington, D.C.—Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations, today announced new rankings of the top 16 international nonprofits supporting efforts towards improving water, sanitation, and hygiene quality for the 2.5 billion people who lack improved water sanitation facilities globally, according to UNICEF . The rankings are based on in-depth surveys of and conversations with hundreds of experts, including nonprofit leaders, academics, funders, grantmakers, policy makers, and consultants. Philanthropedia, which originally ranked nonprofits in these cause areas in 2011, re-runs its research every few years to give donors and funders an updated list of highest-performing nonprofits. “The United Nations World Water Day is a day to celebrate the life-saving value of clean water, and prepare for how we sustainably manage water in the future,” says Jasmine Marrow, GuideStar’s director of nonprofit strategy. “Philanthropedia’s newest rankings can help donors best identify the highest-performing nonprofits in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene which are worthy of their charitable donation.”

High-Performing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Nonprofits

Philanthropedia surveyed 82 experts working in water, sanitation, and hygiene with an average of 16 years of experience in the field to identify those organizations that were the highest performing on an international level. Experts were asked to recommend up to three nonprofits doing high-impact work across multiple countries/regions, and up to three nonprofits doing high-impact work in a specific country/region. The nonprofits could be working in direct service, advocacy, litigation, research, education, and were asked to consider a range of nonprofits working in the sector.

International water, sanitation, and hygiene experts were asked to recommend nonprofits that supported any of the following: improved water quality and quantity, safe and sanitary waste disposal, health education, and more. Types of nonprofits might include research, advocacy, legislative, capacity building, education, or direct services.

The following 16 outstanding nonprofits were recommended by 82 top experts:

  1. WaterAid
  2. Water for People
  3. IRC
  6. Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
  7. Rural Water Supply Network
  8. SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
  9. Millennium Water Alliance
  10. World Vision International (WVI)
  11. Plan
  12. CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere)
  13. Oxfam
  14. Rotary International
  15. PATH
  16. iDE (International Development Enterprises)

"Poor water, sanitation, and hygiene have many serious repercussions. Children -- and particularly girls -- can’t attend schools because their schools lack private and decent sanitation facilities,” added Marrow. "3.5 million people die each year (three million of whom are children) because of water-borne diseases. You need to know these important nonprofits because they help the world survive.”

To learn more about each organization, meet the experts, and read the experts' reviews, please visit:

For the complete list of top nonprofit rankings in 34 different cause areas, please visit: For more information about Philanthropedia's ranking methodology, please visit:

About Philanthropedia

Philanthropedia,, is an online resource for donors who want to make a bigger difference with their charitable giving. Philanthropedia was founded on the belief that experts working in the field, such as foundation professionals, researchers, and practitioners, are best suited to evaluate nonprofits in a more holistic way. In April 2011, Philanthropedia was acquired by GuideStar.

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