Toward Water Sustainability: A Blueprint for Philanthropy


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The Water Funder Initiative (WFI) is a collaborative effort to identify and activate promising water solutions through strategic philanthropic investments in the United States, starting in the American West, where the scarcity and reliability of clean water are urgent issues.

In March 2016, the Water Funder Initiative developed a blueprint for philanthropy to advance sustainable water management at a scale never before attempted in the water field.

The Water Funder Initiative’s vision is to employ powerful, coordinated philanthropic action to shift the trajectory toward sustainable management in which:

  • Clean water supplies are available for people and nature
  • Freshwater ecosystems are recovering
  • Cities, agriculture, rural communities, and industry continue to thrive by proactively managing the water supply