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Frame Your Impact

Picture this: a world where everyone on Earth has access to clean and safe drinking water; now that’s something to smile about.

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At charity: water, we’ve always believed in photography as a powerful vehicle for storytelling. Since day one, we’ve used beautiful images of the places we work and people we serve to tell stories about transformation, hope, and the impact of clean water. So when Aura frames approached us about creating a limited-edition frame that would give clean water to people in need, we were thrilled.

Aura launched the the limited-edition Crystal Blue frame in early 2017. By donating $60 for each frame sold, they generously provided clean and safe drinking water for 600 people in Tigray, Ethiopia. Now they’re ready to help even more.

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This year, we’re honored to celebrate Aura re-releasing this beautiful charity: water limited-edition digital picture frame. This time at a lower price, but the same $60 donation to bring clean water to two people for each one sold. They created 750 Crystal Blue frames with the potential to give clean water to 1,500 people.

The sleek and sophisticated Crystal Blue frame was specially designed to make a difference. The color was inspired by the transparency of our 100% model and our shared belief in the impact of clean water. Each limited-edition frame is engraved with the charity: water logo and edition number. Aura will even make sure you never forget the impact of your purchase; every few months, Aura will push a charity: water photo with a corresponding story to your frame to inspire you and help keep you connected to the cause. Download the free app to sort your photos into albums and add an unlimited amount to your wifi-powered frame. Unlike other frames, this one is run 100% from your phone and will automatically add new photos from your camera roll to your frame for a surprise and delight. It’s never been easier to display all of your favorite memories at once.

Aura is reimagining the digital picture frame with innovative technology that will give you something to smile about, and we hope framing your contribution will inspire you to keep fighting for a world where everyone has access to clean water. You can purchase your Crystal Blue frame at auraframes.com/charitywater.

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Incredible Partners. Incredible World Water Day.

World Water Day is one of our favorite days of the year. It always inspires us to see the way our community floods the Internet with the hope of clean water.

This World Water Day, we introduced people to Nora, a six-year-old who mailed charity: water $8.15 from her piggy bank because she “wanted people to stop dying.” We were so moved by her compassion and generosity that we centered our World Water Day campaign around growing her impact.

The response was awesome. Over 3,600 people joined her in giving and raised enough money to bring clean water to more than 2,500 people in need.

It wasn’t just one-time donations that made this day successful, but also our community of corporate supporters that found unique ways to make a difference. This year, we were thrilled to see the community use their brands to raise awareness and funds for clean water.

Here’s what they did to change lives…


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Corkcicle created a limited edition charity: water bottle and donated $8.15 for each one sold. They also surprised every charity: water staff and intern with their own!


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1,000 folks made their dentist (and us!) proud by purchasing Quip’s limited edition yellow metallic toothbrush featuring our beloved Jerry Can. They committed to donating $8.15 for each one sold, and even matched that for a total of $16.30 per brush. The best part? They sold out!


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InStitchu has a range of (8) suits with custom charity: water lining donating $150 of the proceeds and one navy suit, The Tetbury, where they will be donating $30 of proceeds.


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Getty Images and FCB Chicago launched Watermarks for Water, a collection of images that highlight the global water crisis. Getty Images will donate 10% of every licensing fee from the collection of images to charity: water. They also celebrated the launch of this campaign by showcasing some of these photos in a NYC gallery on World Water Day.


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Aura launched another limited edition digital picture frame: the Crystal Blue Frame. Aura created 750 of them and will donate $60 for each one sold. They’re engraved with the charity: water logo, and Aura will keep you connected to your impact by sending photos and stories of our work straight to your frame.


Quirky launched a Water Changes Everything invention challenge to inspire people to invent an everyday product that promotes responsible water use. Once the invention is produced and on the market, they’ve committed to donating a portion of the profit to charity: water.


Nautica encouraged their customers to “Give Change to Make Change” for charity: water and generously matched the first $5,000 raised.


Gundry MD used their popular newsletter to share Nora’s story with their fans and directed them to our World Water Day site. The email alone generated 627 donations totaling more than $10,000 and 25 new Spring members.


Clothing company Warp and Weft gave it their all on World Water Day by donating 100% of their proceeds that day to charity: water.


Finally, a special shoutout to our friends that showed us some love on social media to lift this cause a little higher:

WeWork
Blue Bottle
Lemonade
Soma
Cathay Pacific
Amazon Smile & Amazon
CAT Foundation
The Office Group
The Winerist
Mindful in May
Dent Global
Overflow Taps
Smile Generation
Tattly
Interpublic Group
Theory 11
Spredfast
Mira Showers
Depeche Mode
Happy Plugs


Endless thanks to each and every brand that cares about this cause and uses their platform to help more people receive access to clean and safe drinking water!

If you’re interested in partnering with us, please email corporategiving@charitywater.org

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The Biggest #GivingTuesday Yet!

November 28th, 2017 marks the sixth annual #GivingTuesday, and this year stands to be the biggest yet.

What started back in 2012 with a handful of nonprofits has quickly grown into a global giving movement that has reached 98 countries around the world and raised $177 million in online donations.

Whether you see it as a day to help others or a chance to atone for a particularly, shall we say, ambitious Black Friday, #GivingTuesday has become an incredible force for good and a beautiful day of impact around the world.

This year, we have two really exciting things happening that we’d love to share with you.

1. Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are matching $2 million for U.S. nonprofits on Facebook!

Starting at 8:00am (EST) on November 28th, donations made through Facebook’s charitable giving tool will be matched up to $50,000 per nonprofit. Facebook is also waiving all fees, so 100% of what you give on the platform will help bring clean water to people in need.

Even outside of the match, the ability to support your favorite charities from within the social networking platform is an amazing gift, and we can’t wait to see the impact. As a reminder, you can find us on Facebook here.

2. Our monthly giving community, The Spring, is working toward a major milestone in Rwanda!

In 2010, we took on a challenge to provide complete coverage to Rwanda’s Rulindo District. That means clean and safe drinking water in every community. Every school. Every clinic.

After seven years, we’ve managed to get 95% of the way there, and this month, The Spring community is working to finally reach full coverage.

On #GivingTuesday, you can join The Spring and help us achieve this incredible milestone. In addition to providing clean water to people in need, you’ll also receive stories about your impact every single month.


That’s it! Two awesome ways to get involved. No matter how you choose to participate, it’s going to be a #GivingTuesday for the books. Thank you in advance for choosing clean water.

And thank you for making history with us!

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Coffee and Clean Water: The World’s Strongest Relationship

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Coffee and clean water are the ultimate power couple. Together, they keep the world running. After all, coffee is 98% water!

Our coffee partners know this, which is why they not only believe in crafting delicious brews, but also believe in a world where everyone has access to clean and safe drinking water. A world where more kids can attend school and build a better future.

For National Coffee Day, we’re celebrating a few of our partners that use their passion for coffee to do just that.

Like Joyride Coffee in New York City. Because of them, our office is stocked with delicious, cafe-quality coffee every week at a sweet discount. They even donated all of our coffee equipment so that we can grind and brew it all in house. They keep our team of 75 working at our highest capacity every day.

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And Keurig Green Mountain who committed to the partnership campaign #BrewingABetterWorld with charity: water in 2014. The campaign unlocked $1 for each view and retweet of this video – which culminated in $506,543 sent to Rwanda for clean water projects! Since then, Keurig has continued to generously support our work as part of the company’s Brewing a Better World® initiative, helping to bring clean water to over 80,000 people in Ethiopia and Rwanda.

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And who can forget our friends at The New York Coffee Festival? They know that great things happen when you combine your passion with your favorite cause, and they are dedicated to making access to clean water a reality in coffee-growing communities around the world. They’ve already helped bring clean water to 5,278 people since 2014, and you can help them serve another 2,000 people in Rwanda by grabbing tickets to this October’s event.

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Then, there are the coffee companies that selflessly give up their birthdays so that communities can receive clean water. Yes, even companies can donate their birthdays for clean water! Nylon Coffee, a Singapore-based specialty micro-roaster, has generously given up theirs for the past five years, raising over $24,225 for clean water. This year, they handed out coffee and homemade baked goods in exchange for donations!

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But they’re not alone. Right now, Blue Bottle Coffee is celebrating their 15th birthday with a throwback blend and limited-edition anniversary pins where 100% of proceeds will benefit charity: water.

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To our coffee partners around the world, thank you for making clean water possible for so many people. Today, we lift our mugs to you!

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11 Days. 11 Takeaways.

Our Creative team just returned from an incredibly productive (and sweaty) trip to Cambodia. And it. was. a. whirlwind.

In 11 days, we visited five different communities. We toured our local partner’s headquarters, field office, and sand production facility. We attended hygiene and sanitation trainings. We watched villages working together to construct their own BioSand Filters. We saw those same BioSand Filters get installed in homes and transform dirty water into clean water. We took thousands of photos. We had an amazing time.

But we can’t share much about it yet.

The purpose of this trip was to capture content for this year’s charity: ball gala, (which is about the things you don’t usually get to see… the parts, pieces, and people behind every single water project you help fund), and most of it is top secret until December.

To hold you over in the meantime, here are some of our favorite takeaways…


1. Cathay Pacific is incredible.

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Our trip began with a wonderfully generous in-kind donation from Cathay Pacific, who flew our entire team to and from Phnom Penh… for free.

As a long-time brand partner, Cathay Pacific has helped us with individual flights in the past, but this was another level of generosity. Not only did it save charity: water thousands of dollars, but it also enabled us to do even more work.

It was an unbeatable start to the trip. And we cannot say thank you enough.


2. Next time, bring quick-drying clothes.

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“High of 91” isn’t the same when you factor in the humidity in Cambodia– which feels a lot like the inside of a kiln. We spent every day sweaty and did much more laundry than usual.


3. You’ll love all of the fresh fruit!

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One of the best parts about Cambodia is the amount of strange-new-fruits! Every breakfast or marketplace boasted something new – from longan and mangosteen to rambutan and durian.


4. You will not love all of the fresh other things!

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On the flip side, every marketplace also seemed to feature its fair share of strange-new-fried-bugs – from grubs and grasshoppers to tarantulas and cockroaches.


5. This team is willing to do anything for the shot

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We hung out the side of tuk tuks, shot video from motorcycles, staged photoshoots from cherry pickers, and setup portrait sessions inside pagodas. And it was worth it every time.


6. The award for ‘most-committed’ goes to our local partner team

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Our local partner, Clear Cambodia, has these incredible teams who live out of field offices across the country. These are 26-47 year old men and women who have spouses, young kids, new babies, and babies on the way – who they only get to see on the weekends because they want to help bring clean water to other families in Cambodia.

We spent time with each team member talking about the their work and why they do it, and every person said they wouldn’t choose to do anything else. That they love their job. That the impact is too important. That the team is their second family.

Talk about inspiring.


7. BioSand Filters are magic

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The solution that we provide in Cambodia is called a BioSand Filter. It’s incredibly simple – a tall concrete box with layers of sand and gravel inside. And it transforms dirty water of any color… with any amount of debris… from any water source into bacteria-free, clean and clear water instead.


8. The community buy-in is even more inspiring

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In order for a family to receive a BioSand Filter, they have to contribute a little bit of their own money and then come and construct it themselves! It’s an awesome scene – people of all ages pouring and stirring cement, working together to make clean water a reality for their family.


9. You can fit 100 people on a motorcycle

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Okay… maybe not 100. But families of four or five are very common. And we once saw a group of six!


10. Everyone in the world should own a hammock

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One way that families beat the heat in Cambodia is hammocks. You’ll find them at almost every house – or anywhere there’s a fair amount of shade. And it’s glorious.

Work hard, hammock hard… that was our slogan.


11. It’s all about the little things

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The best part of trips like this is the company. In addition to an inspiring and helpful local partner team, we were also fortunate to have an awesome content team – four of us from charity: water and two freelancers (a photographer named Jeremy Snell and a videographer named Brad Knull).

It made for a successful trip, but it also made for a lot of lovely meals, silly moments, and memorable experiences together.

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