Last week, I vlogged about my giving pledge and why I choose to give to the nonprofits I write about each month. I mentioned that it helps to know where your money is going.
This month, I chose to donate to WaterAid. WaterAid is the leading charity for clean, safe water and sanitation in the world’s poorest countries.
And I can tell you exactly what my money will buy: Four faucets.
According to WaterAid, a faucet gives communities access to “the precious gift of safe, clean water.” The neat thing about WaterAid’s SH2OP for Life is that your donation can also be given as a gift to a friend, colleague or loved one. During the month of February, you can create a Valentine’s Day card. You have the option of a printable PDF, an e-card or a printed card that WaterAid will actually mail for you. There are also options to send a holiday card, a birthday card or an all occasion card.
The neat thing is that the card tells the recipient where the money is going and how it will help. Here’s the card that I downloaded.
The day I made my donation just happened to be my mom’s birthday. So, I’ll be sending her an e-card to let her know I made a donation in her honor.
One other note: I truly believe that a cause is only as good as the team of staff, board and volunteers behind it. Before I even finished writing this post, I received a personal email from the Associate Director of Development of WaterAid America thanking me for my donation. That’s a very quick and thoughtful response that I will think about in the future.
Did you donate to a nonprofit this month?