We are a global organisation of experts, partners, fundraisers and campaigners focused on the three essentials we know transform lives for good: clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Only with all three can people break free from poverty and transform their lives for good.

Our work reaches societies worldwide, supporting the lives of everyone – from key workers to mothers, town planners to students, community volunteers to local leaders, and more.

Contact us today

Email us:  
[email protected],
or call Katie Zeronian-Gibson,
on +44 (0)20 7793 5085

The power of partnership

As a philanthropist working with us, you’ll have the chance to discuss your values with our dedicated team and explore how we can help you fulfil your giving strategy.

You’ll also join an exclusive network of philanthropic donors and their families, business leaders, influential academics and policymakers, all working towards the same goals to help us to accelerate change as we approach 2030 – the year world leaders committed to realise these rights for everyone, everywhere.

Together, we're transforming lives for good

Since 1981, we’ve directly reached:

What can philanthropists expect from WaterAid?

With impactful philanthropy, we can transform the future together.

From us, you can expect:

  • a dedicated account manager to plan your investment; 
  • bespoke reporting to deliver transparency and impact; 
  • regular news updates on our wider work across the world; 
  • opportunities to expand your impact including advocacy and awareness-raising; 
  • invitations to exclusive events; 
  • access to senior experts across our organisation.

How can I work with WaterAid?

Unrestricted, flexible funds underpin our mission.

This collective investment from donors allows us to direct funds where they are needed most, respond quickly to change, and fund pioneering activities that move our programmes forward. With this commitment, we can deliver what we promise, seize opportunities, and plan for the future.

Priota happily posing with pitchers at the community PSF plant. Golchera, Harintana, Dacope, Khulna. September 2018.
Pond sand filters like those at Priota’s village provide a reliable source of clean water in climate-affected countries such as Bangladesh.
Image: WaterAid/ DRIK/ Habibul Haque

If you want to commit funding of £10k+ to a certain country, we have a range of projects already underway that offer the opportunity to transform lives for good.

Funded by multiple major donors, corporate partners and institutional donors, you’ll join a powerful movement of supporters making change possible together. We currently have opportunities in: 

  • Ethiopia
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda

Learn more about investing in these priority projectsOr contact our Philanthropy team to discuss how we might be able to design a bespoke project to match your gift (£100k+ per year over three years).

Email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 207 793 5085.

Helme, 65, and her daughter, Amaru, 7, collecting clean water from a tap installed right by their door, Burie Zuriya District, Wedt Gojjam Zone, Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia, October 2021.
Helme sits with her daughter Amaru at the new tap installed at their house in Amhara, Ethiopia.
Image: WaterAid/ Frehiwot Gebrewold

Share ownership in the UK has an estimated value of £200 billion, so even just a small amount of these investments could help support our work.

Whether you have small bundles of shares that generate lots of paperwork for you, you have windfall shares as a result of privatisation or de-mutualisation, or you’d like to take advantage of the tax relief associated with share giving, all these options can help support our work and transform people’s lives for good.

Our Philanthropy team can help advise what’s possible for donations of over £1,000 – email [email protected] to find out more.

Whether hosting a private dinner at your organisation or attending one of our bespoke events, our donors are a core part of helping raise awareness of the powerful impact of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

We'd love to discuss opportunities with you to bring together like-minded people from within your network and explore how we can create interest, intrigue and impact together.

Email us on [email protected] to find out more.

1920’s Hollywood Glamour Gala. Rosewood London. November 2019
WaterAid’s 1920s Hollywood Glamour Gala hosted in London, November 2019.
Image: WaterAid/ Laura Summerton

We offer three Zakat-applicable projects, with 100% of donations supporting communities in Bangladesh, Pakistan or Mali.

We are delighted to be working with the EmeraldNetwork in 2022 and 2023 to host a special event during Ramadan.

Email [email protected] to discuss your donation or opportunities for future collaboration.

Fundraiser and presenter Na'eem Raza leads the pledge moment during Iftar at the Gherkin - WaterAid's first fundraising event with the EmeraldNetwork, the UK's longest-running Muslim professional network. April 2022
WaterAid’s first Iftar event at the Gherkin in April 2022, in partnership with the Emerald Network.
Image: WaterAid/ Lis Parham

We design exclusive events for supporters throughout the year – not only to say thank you, but to keep you informed and involved in our work.

Our calendar includes a series of virtual and in-person events covering wider sector issues and featuring an array of experts and leaders in their field, often linking up with our corporate partners.

If you’d like to find out more, please email [email protected] to speak to a member of our team.

Stylist Magazine panel discussion on International Women's Day 2022
We teamed up with Stylist Magazine for a special event to mark International Women’s Day, March 2022.
Image: WaterAid/Ron Timehin

Gift Aid is a scheme that allows charities to claim 25% of the tax already paid on all eligible donations. This means that your generous donation can have an even greater impact on those who need it most – at no extra cost to you.

If you are a UK taxpayer and we have your permission, you can do this through Gift Aid.

For higher rate taxpayers (40% and above), you may also be entitled to a tax rebate on your donation worth the difference between the basic and higher rate of tax.

Already a supporter?

Contact your philanthropy manager to learn more about our events, discuss your giving strategy, or sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter, In Touch.

Not yet a supporter?

Contact our Senior Philanthropy Manager, Katie Zeronian-Gibson, on [email protected] or +44 (0) 20 7793 5085 for a consultation.

What our supporters say

"As a peer in the House of Lords, I co-chair an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – organised by WaterAid - which currently advocates for urgent action and investment in clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities globally.

"I am lucky enough to come in to regular contact with really interesting people every day some of whom have the resources to make a transformational impact on the world. I believe that nothing can be achieved without water, sanitation and hygiene and so introduce everyone I can to WaterAid and champion the team’s work. I’m delighted that many new supporters have joined the WaterAid family as a result.

"I also ran my first half marathon for WaterAid in 2013 and have sought to fundraise in this way every year since. I enjoy working with the team – the philanthropy team for their advice and updates, and Chief Executive Tim Wainwright for his insight and inspiration."

Lord Howard Leigh of Hurley speaking at the Untapped Gala, in The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London, U.K. January 2018.
Lord Howard Leigh of Hurley speaks at a Gala Dinner in London in support of Untapped, our winter appeal in 2018.
Image: Photo credit: WaterAid/ Oliver Dixon

"We have given unrestricted funds to WaterAid for several years. The team has always been transparent and open with us around how they run the organisation and how they best use the money to make the most impact.

"We give unrestricted funds because we want WaterAid to be able to be flexible in how they address the WASH crisis. We believe that helping WaterAid build a stronger organisation means building a stronger foundation to address long term water issues."

"We support WaterAid's in-country projects that bring clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene to the people that need it most. The team keeps us up to date on the progress being made and the lives that are being transformed.

"With a background in engineering, we are particularly excited by WaterAid's work to build long-lasting infrastructure, empower local communities to maintain and develop these systems, and support local authorities to implement district-wide and national changes.

"We support WaterAid because they are experts and have the knowledge, resources, and influence to make real change happen."


We support WaterAid because they are experts and have the knowledge, resources, and influence to make real change happen."

Peter and Pamela McPhillips

Contact us

Ready to find out more? We'll be happy to answer any questions and explore opportunities with you.

Email us on [email protected], or call Katie Zeronian-Gibson, our Senior Philanthropy Manager, on +44 (0)20 7793 5085/