Donate Crypto to Water Projects

A crypto donation worth $5000 can reach 250 people with clean water. Water #WAGMI

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Water #WAGMI - The Water Crypto Fund

With clean water, we're all going to make it

Water #WAGMI is our ambitious fund, working with the crypto community to tackle the water crisis. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 to equip 50,000 people with clean water in the next twelve months. Every crypto donation counts towards our goal. We accept over 100 different currencies, Bitcoin, Ethereum and more. Together, we can do this!

Water #WAGMI

The progress so far

Imagine a world where everyone has clean water. The Water #WAGMI crypto fund will support our water project work around the world. Our goal is to reach an additional 50,000 people with clean water in the next 12 months. So far, the crypto community has raised $557,932 USD - that means clean water for 27,896 people! (It costs an average of $20 to equip one person with clean water)

55.79% of 50000 people reached with clean water

27896 people reached with clean water

Other ways to support clean water: shovel-ready projects that need you!

Accelerating Access Rwanda

Project Length: 2022 — 2025
Theme: Universal access
Status: Open for funding
Minimum investment: $15,000

Goal: Extend water networks to vulnerable rural communities, schools and health centers. Strengthen the management of rural water, sanitation & hygiene services

Devota, a midwife, holding a five hour old baby named Ineza (God’s mercy), Mwogo Health Centre, Bugesera, Rwanda
Image: WaterAid/ James Kiyimba

Elevating Impact Ethiopia

Project Length: 2019—2024
Theme: Education and health
Status: Open for funding
Minimum investment: $15,000

Goal: transform water, toilets and hygiene facilities in schools across the districts of North Mecha and Farta in the northern Amhara region of Ethiopia

Helen and Yemisrach washing their hands at new water taps at their school, North Mecha, Amhara region, Ethiopia.
Image: WaterAid/ Genaye Eshetu

Goal: build new climate-resilient infrastructure in five health care centers in the Cuamba region of Mozambique, with an emphasis on supporting women and girls

Joana prepares food at home in the Mecanhelas District, Mozambique
Image: WaterAid/ Chileshe Chanda

Where we work

Where We Work | WaterAid

WaterAid by the numbers

We were founded because no non-profit like us existed and our goal is to work ourselves out of a job.

22 countries

Our work spans three continents, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Countries include Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nigeria and more.

29,000,000 people reached so far

We have equipped 29 million people with water, 29 million people with toilets and 27.8 million people with hygiene education so far. Our goal is 400 million by 2032.

See your impact in action, on the ground and on The Hill and learn about our Crypto Fund, Water #WAGMI


Create art, create opportunity. Learn how easy it is to donate your NFT sale proceeds to WaterAid.

Facts and statistics

Learn more about the numbers behind the water crisis and how we can work together to solve it.

Tax-efficient donations

From donor-advised funds (DAFs) to stock: you have options to maximize your giving and minimize your tax obligations

Frequently asked questions

Through our cryptocurrency fundraising partnership with The Giving Block and our crypto wallet, Gemini, we accept a growing list of cryptocurrencies including the big ones we have all heard of: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and the mighty Dogecoin (DOGE).

We also accept the following cryptocurrency donations (in alphabetical order):

  • Bitcoin (BTC)
  • Ethereum (ETH)
  • USD Coin (USD)
  • Solana (SOL)
  • Dogecoin (DOGE)
  • Shiba Inu (SHIB)
  • Polygon (MATIC)
  • Dai (DAI)
  • Litecoin (LTC)
  • ChainLink (LINK)
  • Uniswap (UNI)
  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
  • Decentraland (MANA)
  • Filecoin (FIL)
  • The Sandbox (SAND)
  • ApeCoin (APE)
  • Fantom (FTM)
  • Axie Infinity Shards (AXS)
  • Tezos (XTZ)
  • Aave (AAVE)
  • Zcash (ZEC)
  • Maker (MKR)
  • The Graph (GRT)
  • Gala (GALA)
  • Quant (QNT)
  • Enjin Coin (ENJ)
  • Loopring (LRC)
  • Synthetix (SNX)
  • Basic Attention Token (BAT)
  • Curve Dao Token (CRV)
  • Amp (AMP)
  • Compound (COMP)
  • Skale (SKL)
  • PAX Gold (PAXG)
  • (YFI)
  • Audius (AUDIO)
  • Ankr (ANKR)
  • 1inch (1INCH)
  • Bancor Network Token (BNT)
  • 0x (ZRX)
  • Liquity USD (LUSD)
  • Livepeer (LPT)
  • Render Token (RNDR)
  • Dogelon Mars (ELON)
  • Rally (RLY)
  • UMA (UMA)
  • SushiSwap (SUSHI)
  • Storj (STORJ)
  • Spell Token (SPELL)
  • Ren (REN)
  • Lido (LDO)
  • Maple Finance (MPL)
  • Ethereum Name Service (ENS)
  • Raydium (RAY)
  • Injective (INJ)
  • (FET)
  • Merit Circle (MC)
  • Civic (CVC)
  • Liquity (LQTY)
  • Orchid (OXT)
  • Numeraire (NMR)
  • Keep3r (KP3R)
  • API3 (API3)
  • Mirror Protocol (MIR)
  • Wrapped Centrifuge (WCFG)
  • Mask Network (MASK)
  • Balancer (BAL)
  • Alchemix (MIST)
  • DeFi Pulse Index (DPI)
  • Smooth Love Potion (SLP)
  • BarnBridge (BOND)
  • Saber (SBR)
  • Moss Carbon Credit (MCO2)
  • Kyber Network (KNC)
  • Magic Internet Money (MIM)
  • Somnium Space (CUBE)
  • Radicle (RAD)
  • Gemini Dollar (GUSD)

We can also accept the proceeds from an NFT mints and smart contracts, if the proceeds can be converted to an accepted cryptocurrency, such as ETH. Below is a list of other cryptocurrencies not listed in our Giving Block widget that can be donated on an ad-hoc basis, but please note minimums apply.

IF you want to donate the following cryptocurrency:

Donate Cardano (ADA)

Donate Algorand (ALGO)

Donate Cosmos (ATOM)

Donate Polkadot (DOT)

Donate Flow (FLOW)

Donate Tether (USDT)

Donate Stellar (XLM)

To inquire about these or other cryptocurrencies not listed, please do get in touch and we will see what we can do!

Yes! Your cryptocurrency donation is tax deductible!

In fact, supporters who want to donate cryptocurrency are supporting our work in a  tax-efficient way. Cryptocurrency donations provide 30% more income directly to our work than traditional cash gifts. The IRS currently classifies cryptocurrency donations as property, meaning they are not subject to capital gains tax and are tax-deductible on your return. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. For example, for donors in the United States, the IRS has classified bitcoin as property for tax purposes. This means that when someone donates bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit like WaterAid, donors do not have to pay capital gains tax and it is tax-deductible.

Yes! Crypto donations can be given anonymously, donors simply check a box within the donation widget. Donors also have the option to still receive a donation receipt, via The Giving Block directly, meaning that you can still claim your crypto donation on your return but you have retained your anonymity with WaterAid (we won't take it personally). 

NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token. NFTs are tokens that we can use to represent ownership of unique items, such as art, collectibles or even real estate. NFTs are "so hot right now" for art collectors. However there is also a potential use of NFT technology for digital identity tokens or land rights, which would open up financial markets to a huge number of people for whom the existing financial ecosystem (such as credit, loans or mortgages) are not currently accessible. 

WaterAid regularly accepts the proceeds from NFT sales, to donate the proceeds of your NFT, simply donate via our cryptocurrency widget

Optional reading for extra credit: Learn more about WaterAid and NFT donations

Yes! We have been equipping communities with clean water facilities, toilets and hygiene education for over 40 years. We work in 30+ countries have reached over 28+ million people so far and we need your help to reach 400 million more in the next decade. The creativity within the blockchain/crypto space is precisely what we need to really scale up the work so we can end the global water crisis. We have a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar and our annual reports, audited financials and 990s can be found here

Today, lots of non-profits (charities) accept cryptocurrency donations. For example, WaterAid accepts crypto donations via our partnership with The Giving Block. Click here if you wish to donate to a water project in cryptocurrency. 

Yes and for US tax-payers, cryptocurrency donations, as per the IRS, are classed as property. This means that when you make a donation in crypto, you receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of the crypto at the time of the donation. Additionally, you avoid the capital gains tax you would have incurred if you had sold the crypto and then made a donation. This means that can donate more to the charity, as well as deduct more from your taxes.

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Why donate in crypto?
We make crypto donations quick and easy! A crypto donation today can help someone turn on a tap with running water tomorrow. We accept 100+ digital currencies and convert to fiat instantly. The crypto community has been instrumental in helping us equip more people with clean, running water. The need remains, today, some 2 billion people do not have clean water close to home. We are in a position to change that. Right here, right now.

The tax-advantages of donating crypto to WaterAid (US tax payers)
Cryptocurrency donations, as per the IRS, are classed as property. This means that when you make a donation in crypto, you receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of the crypto at the time of the donation. Additionally, you avoid the capital gains tax you would have incurred if you had sold the crypto and then made a donation. This means that can donate more to the charity, as well as deduct more from your taxes.

Essentially, donating in crypto helps you minimize your tax obligations while also supporting causes that are important to you.  WaterAid is a 501(c) 3 entity, registered in the USA and all donations are tax deductible as is permitted by law.