CH2M HILL kicked off a two-month campaign in support of international nonprofit Water for People, providing a $150,000 donation to the campaign that aims to create a world where everyone has access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
The two-month campaign, “Donate to Drink,” which began Sept. 1 and will run through Oct. 31, 2011, will benefit the areas in which Water For People currently works—Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America—and aid the organization’s mission to ensure no one suffers or dies from a water- or sanitation-related disease. Instead of just donating money, a group of Water For People donors are modernizing their philanthropy, leveraging their $1 million pledge by also challenging supporters to raise another $1 million. This allows contributions to double the impact with every dollar donated, with $25 having the power of $50 and $100 having the power of $200.
“Donate to Drink is an awesome campaign, and we’re super excited to be involved,” said Robert Wolfe, who co-founded Crowdrise.com, the online fundraising program through which the campaign is being run, with Edward Norton. “The idea is that if someone in Central America can’t drink, then neither can you… until you donate. Water For People is asking people to step up and take on the problem. I think that if we’re all a little less anonymous we can actually create a movement around a crazy problem. That’s how to really build a community and make a crazy difference.”
As part of the campaign, Water For People and its partners, including CH2M HILL, is offering everyone who donates between $25 and $99 a hand-made bracelet from Rwanda. Those who donate $100 dollars or more will receive a stainless-steel water bottle from Marmot. People who create fundraising pages on Crowdrise.com at http://www.crowdrise.com/donatetodrink and collect $1,000 in donations will be entered for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to join a Water For People volunteer expedition in Rwanda in 2012; every additional $1,000 raised will qualify the fundraiser for another entry in the contest.