With support from trusts and foundations, we make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere.

With these three essentials, entire communities can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.

If you're a trustee, connected to a trust, or thinking of setting up a trust, we would love to hear from you.

Together, we can discuss how our respective aims and objectives align, and how you can contribute to a wider movement of supporters, helping to deliver lasting change for people who need it most.

Contact us today

Get in touch with our
Senior Trusts Manager,
Fiona Kennedy, on
+44 (0) 20 7793 2244 
or email 

[email protected]

Why invest in water, sanitation and hygiene?

1 in 10 people around the world don’t have clean water close to home, and 1 in 5 don’t have a decent toilet of their own*.

We know that when people have access to these essentials at home and in the wider community including at healthcare centres and school, they can transform lives for good.

How we work

Since 1981, we’ve worked tirelessly with our partners across the world to get clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to people who don’t have them. We deliver lasting solutions, not short-term fixes. And we tackle the cause as well as the effects of dirty water, so that the impact of your support is felt far and wide beyond the project work it funds.

We prioritise those most affected by a lack of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene: women and girls, children, older people, those with disabilities, and people who are often discriminated against. We know that these groups have the most to gain, yet are the most likely to be excluded from decision making about services.

To make lasting change happen on at sub-national, national and global level, we influence governments to change policy, and make investing in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) a priority. And we use our sector-leading voice to influence the broader development narrative around the importance of these three essentials.

Priority projects

We offer a selection of priority projects – already designed programmes in set countries – in which you can invest, as well as flexible and co-financing options.

Aerial view of women and children filling buckets and waiting for their turn at a borehole, Chisi Island, Zomba, Malawi, October 2020.
Image: WaterAid/ Dennis Lupenga

How we can work together

Water, sanitation and hygiene are at the heart of so much development: in education, health, poverty relief and equality. We work closely with every one of our trust and foundation supporters to align their interests and values alongside our work.

As one of our supporters, you can expect to:

  • discuss your aims and objectives with our account managers to see how we can work together to align our work and goals;
  • read about your impact in regular reports;
  • keep up-to-date with news and developments from across the organisation.

Thanks to support from trusts and foundations, we’ve already changed millions of lives. But we won’t stop until everyone, everywhere has access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Together, we can transform lives for good.

The impact of investing in WASH

Explore how health, education, economic development, climate change and advocacy work can all be supported by investment in clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene:

What our supporters say

“Funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting the incredible work of WaterAid, helping communities around the world access safe and sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene. People’s Postcode Lottery was created to provide long-term support to charities, and we are delighted that WaterAid has received more than 19.1 million in support of their cause. Players across Britain have now raised more than £950 million for over 9,000 good causes, including WaterAid’s who are working hard to end the water, sanitation, and hygiene crisis around the globe.”

Find out more about our partnership with People's Postcode Lottery

"At the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, we believe that sustainable access to clean water goes hand in hand with environmental protection.

"The Foundation is pleased to support the work of WaterAid to help communities manage their water resources in a holistic and sustainable way around the world, by providing access to water and sanitary installations while ensuring the preservation of freshwater ecosystems." – Olivier Wenden, Vice-President and CEO

"The Waterloo Foundation has been supporting WaterAid for over ten years during which time we have seen them lead the way in delivering water, sanitation and hygiene for many of the most disadvantaged people worldwide.

"We are very proud of our continued partnership with WaterAid, and value very much the expertise and guidance they offer to our organisation."

We are very proud of our continued partnership with WaterAid, and value very much the expertise and guidance they offer to our organisation."

 Waterloo Foundation

Contact us

To discuss making a grant or giving a gift towards our work, to find out more about funding opportunities, or to ask any questions, please get in touch with our Senior Trusts Manager, Fiona Kennedy.

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7793 2244

Email: ​​​​​​​[email protected]

*WHO/UNICEF (2021) Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2020. Joint Monitoring Programme. Geneva: World Health Organization