Charity: Water was founded in 2006 by Scott Harrison after he spent two years with Mercy Ships and witnessed the problem first hand. While travelling through Africa he was devastated to see problems with education, safety, and health that all traced back to a lack of clean water and basic sanitation systems.
A former New York City club promoter he started Charity: Water in order to build wells in 13 countries, including Liberia, India, and Honduras. The organization funds projects throughout the world, often through people who pledge their birthdays to the cause, committing to raise money for the charity rather than receive gifts.
The projects themselves are wildly successful. An average birthday raises about $1,000- and often they raise much more. And the charity has committed to the idea that any money raised for water projects goes directly to water projects.
But this means that the charity has to look elsewhere in order to cover their operational costs.
Fire, Inc. Atlanta, a privately-owned marketing firm based out of Atlanta, GA, has stepped up to help Charity: Water keep helping people throughout the world. Fire, Inc. President Malcolm Elavia recently committed to donating money to the organization to help allay their operation costs.
“Fire, Inc. Atlanta appreciates Charity: Water’s commitment to clear visibility, and the fact that 100% of the money donated goes to supporting water projects throughout the world,” explained Malcolm Elavia. “Because of this, we are committing to helping them with their operational costs.”
This money will go towards funding everything from staff salaries, to basic office systems, to office rent and supplies. It’s through investors like Fire, Inc. Atlanta that Charity: Water can continue to grow and use 100% of public donations for water projects throughout the world.
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