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How do I make a donation to WaterAid using my credit or debit card?

WaterAid America has an easy to use, secure online giving facility where you can make one-time or recurring donations using your Visa, American Express or Mastercard. To make your gift, simply visit our donate page. The page offers you the option of making your gift in honor or in memory of someone. We will send an acknowledgment of your gift to whomever you request. Alternatively, you can make a credit or debit card over the phone by calling us at 212-683-0430 between 9a.m. and 5p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

How else can I donate to WaterAid?

If you would prefer to mail us your check, money order or credit card details, simply download, print and complete this form and mail it to: WaterAid America, 233 Broadway Suite 2705, New York, NY 10279. Other options for supporting WaterAid include:

  • Make a bequest to WaterAid.
  • Find out if your employer offers a matching gift program – if so, make a donation through this program to raise more funds for WaterAid.
  • Set up a personal fundraising page where people can make donations to WaterAid on your behalf if you are participating in a sponsored event or as an alternative to birthday, holiday or wedding gifts.
  • Organize a fundraising event at your school, place of work or with your local group.
  • Encourage all your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to support WaterAid too.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

WaterAid America is a nonprofit organization and contributions are fully tax-deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

How do I make a bequest gift to WaterAid?

Bequests are a wonderful way to make an impact on the work of WaterAid America and leave a meaningful legacy. A gift through your will or living trust is fully deductible from your estate and can significantly reduce taxes on the balance of your estate. If you choose to name WaterAid in your will, the suggested language is:

I give and bequeath to WaterAid America, Inc., 315 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017, a New York not-for-profit organization, the sum of $____ (or ___ percent of my residuary estate) for such purposes as the Board of Directors of WaterAid America shall determine to be in the best interest of the organization. 

Opting to make a residuary bequest is particularly valuable to us, as it generally increases in value over time, as opposed to an exact figure (specific bequest), which usually erodes over time due to inflation. No matter how you choose to give, please ask a legal professional to check your Will to ensure it is valid and give you peace of mind. We are very thankful for your support and would appreciate knowing if you include WaterAid America in your estate plans so that we may acknowledge your commitment.

Can I buy a well or fund a specific project?

Rather than asking supporters to fund individual items, we prefer to direct funds to our work in general. Unrestricted funds allow us to respond quickly when situations change, and give us the security to plan future projects. We do however give cost examples on our website to show a range of items that your funds might be used for. Larger donations can be linked to a particular country program or project. Once the donation has been linked, we can provide updates showing how the money has been used.

Can you put a plaque on a well in recognition of our support?

As a rule, we do not allow signs from our supporters at our project sites. WaterAid involves the community at all stages of the project to help ensure the community feels ownership of the project and assumes the responsibility for actively maintaining the facilities long after WaterAid and our project partners have left the area. We feel this sense of community ownership would be undermined by displaying supporters' names on the wells or other items of hardware.

Who can I contact with any other queries about donating to WaterAid?

Please call us on +1 212 683 0430 with any questions or queries. Lines are open 9a.m. to 5.00p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Or email us at