Pure Water for the World Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1999, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information


  73 1/2 E CENTER ST
Rutland VT 05701-0000

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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator

Overall Score


out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Impact & Results, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% Culture & Community

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...   Finance & Accountability

This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

Finance & Accountability Score

Not currently scored

This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology due to only having 2 years of electronically-filed IRS Form 990 data.

To ensure year-to-year consistency the Encompass Rating System’s Finance & Accountability beacon analyzes the three-year average of some data provided through the IRS 990.
Charity Navigator currently only has 2 years of consecutive e-filed Forms 990 from the IRS for Pure Water for the World Inc. under the EIN: 03-0362954.
Before Charity Navigator can evaluate this organization, Pure Water for the World Inc. will need to e-file for additional fiscal years.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated this organization.

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting











Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activity data not reported from the IRS

Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.

Pure Water for the World Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Grants Sent

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

With COVID-19, many of the grants/foundations we work with were shifting funds from international aid to supporting more locally-based relief efforts, reducing (or eliminating) funds available. This was true for individual donors as well. As a result, our regular revenue streams were impacted, but with support of the PPP grants, we were able to continue work.

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Staff had to work from home. Some of the work in the field had to shift to online, which is challenging in both Haiti and Honduras due to limited wifi capabilities. Teacher trainings moved from in person to online (when possible for the teachers). This is still the case in parts of Honduras today. Training schedules shifted, with more trainings necessary to accommodate fewer participants per training. In home work (going into family homes) was postponed, while lockdown regulations were in effect. Hygiene education curriculum expanded to incorporate practices to protect against COVID-19. Teams worked to provide training posters and videos, including how to make reusable masks at home, proper mask wearing and hand washing techniques, as well as how to make a hand washing station at home.

How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Training teams learned how to effectively deliver educational program content on a virtual platform. Trainings that were typically delivered to large groups, were rescheduled to smaller groups and held outdoors, socially distanced. Videos and posters were developed and distributed to support safe COVID practices. Videos were shared online and used by countries across Central America.

Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

PWW team in Honduras developed a foot pedal (reducing touch points) for the hand washing stations that will now be standard on all future hand washing stations. PWW will continue to use the face mask and hand washing posters and videos that were created during this time. Virtual trainings will continue to be offered, expanding our reach of educational programming.

...   Impact & Results

This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

Impact & Results Score


out of 100

Pure Water for the World Inc. is highly cost-effective, earning a passing score.


$2 provides clean water to a person for a year.

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Impact & Results Report


of 100 points

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Rated Program

Rated Program


Biosand Filters


The nonprofit distributes water purification systems to beneficiaries.

Program Type

Water Purification

Beneficiaries Served

People living in poverty

Program Geography

Haiti and Honduras

Time Period of Data

7/1/15 to 6/30/16

Learn how we assess the impact of nonprofits

Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.

Outcome Metric

A year of clean water provided to a person.

Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.

Output data collected during the program. The nonprofit publicly reports data on how many purifiers it distributes and how many people a purifier serves, which we use to calculate how many person-years of clean water a nonprofit provides.

Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).

We estimate the number of person-years of clean water the nonprofit provides by comparing the person-years actually achieved to the person-years that would have been achieved even in the absence of the nonprofit (the "counterfactual"). Some beneficiaries might have accessed clean water from other providers or on their own; these counterfactual successes must be netted out of the successes we observe. Otherwise, we would be attributing a change in a person's life (gaining clean water) to the nonprofit when it would have happened anyway. Few nonprofits estimate the counterfactual themselves, so we construct our own counterfactual estimate based on research and publicly available data. We research the average rate with which clean water access is increasing year over year in that location, and assume that, if the nonprofit had not intervened, that trend would have continued.

Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.

Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.

Cost Calculation

$221,400 program costs + $0 partner costs + $3,320 beneficiary costs = $224,720 total costs

Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$224,720 total costs / 151,397 person-years of clean water = roughly $2 provides clean water to a person for a year.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of water purification programs are based on the cost to provide clean water relative to the market cost that a person incurs to buy water in that country. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they provide water for less than 75% of the estimated market costs, and a score of 75 if they do so for less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.


Highly cost-effective

Nonprofit Comment

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Pure Water for the World partners with underserved communities, in Central America and Haiti, where there are high incidences of waterborne diseases and a scarcity of aid. Working together, PWW helps communities establish comprehensive safe water, sanitation and hygiene programs that include the essential tools and education to serve all community members. PWW offers Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) education and capacity building programs for government agencies, NGOs, health officials, educators and other organizations, providing essential education about the causes of waterborne diseases and how to prevent them in simple, sustainable ways. Training programs cover a wide-range of topics, from building a biosand filter, to water quality testing, to menstrual hygiene management. PWW monitors every project and program delivered, to ensure effectiveness and sustainability. Learn more at www.purewaterfortheworld.org.

Analysis Details

Analysis conducted in 2019 by ImpactMatters. An analyst searched the Form 990s, annual reports, audited financials and the website of the nonprofit to calculate impact and rate cost-effectiveness. A second analyst conducted quality control.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Pure Water for the World Inc. reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


Spent in most recent FY


Percent of program expenses

In 2020, Pure Water for the World reached 1,977 people at homes and in schools with safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions. *Installed 345 biosand water filters in homes and schools. *Constructe ... (More)

...   Leadership & Adaptability

This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.

Leadership & Adaptability Score


out of 100

The score earned by Pure Water for the World Inc. is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.

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Leadership & Adaptability Report


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The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission

Pure Water for the World’s mission is to improve lives by empowering people with access to life’s most basic necessities: safe water and sanitation.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses


The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.

We envision a world in which all people have safe water, proper sanitation and the knowledge to sustain it for future generations.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.

Goal One: Expand the implementation of PWW’s operating model in the countries we currently serve.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.

Goal Two: Grow our impact in Central America through training and consulting services to build the WASH capacity of other entities.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.

Goal Three: Expand PWW’s operating model to incorporate institutional WASH, particularly for WASH in healthcare facilities.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development

Describe an investment in leadership

In 2020, we invested in our Honduras Country Director participating in a comprehensive WASH in Healthcare training program hosted by Emory University. We regularly work closely with specialized consultants who not only support program development, but serve to expand the knowledge and capabilities of our staff (at all levels). Finally, annual staff evaluations are focused on development with goal setting and support to meet those goals in the new year. These evaluations are designed to encourage employee growth.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.

This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

*Published study with Tufts University, presented at several conferences throughout the years. *Shared internal research with a variety of universities (much can be found on www.purewaterfortheworld.org) and have had several independent studies conducted of our work. *Participated in panels at leading WASH and international development conferences. *Work collaboratively with a variety of strategic partners and other NGOs to enhance our collective offerings. *Comprehensive marketing and social media strategies implemented annually. *As a member of Millennium Water Alliance, we participate in federal policy advocacy.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.

Hygiene education is PWW's expertise. Healthy hygiene practices, in combination with safe water and sanitation, are critical to the general health and wellbeing of all people every single day. Without access to these most basic health protectors, vulnerable children and families face an even greater challenge to defend themselves against invasive pathogens, including viruses like COVID-19. With the widespread impact of COVID-19, PWW teams in Haiti and Honduras rapidly responded to the urgent need for more hygiene education and training. The work done in response to the crisis was not simply a short-term band-aid. All decisions were carefully considered with the objective of building upon our existing hygiene education programs and materials, expanding our reach through new channels, which PWW teams continue to use. Teams quickly shifted programs and created a variety of resources to get critical hygiene education out to the most vulnerable communities, including: *Radio and TV Public Service Announcements *Virtual workshops *Expansion of existing training programs to webinars *Developing new training videos to empower community members to construct hand washing and water tools at home. *Creating and distributing posters in essential public spaces (i.e. banks, supermarkets, border offices, and health centers) *Working closely with local government and other WASH organizations to expand reach of messages and trainings *Consulting on and supporting the building of latrines in essential areas. *Construction and placement of Touch-Free Hand washing stations in essential areas. *Reaching out to Community Agents and partners to continue sharing critical messages. Teams were designated as essential workers in the communities they serve and were able to continue this critical work. They partnered with local community members to continue programs, revising delivery of programs to limit points-of-contact, while consistently using personal protective equipment.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community

This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.

Culture & Community Score


out of 100

Pure Water for the World Inc. has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) (see report below).

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Culture & Community Report


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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit

This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.

Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people it serves:

Who are the people you serve with your mission? Describe briefly.

Pure Water for the World serves people living in very rural and underserved communities of Honduras and Haiti. These communities typically have no services, including no electricity, no running water and no sanitation services. Few, if any, other NGOs work in these locations and government services often leave these community members underserved. Familes subsist on incomes falling well under the poverty level, most living on income of $1.25-$2/day. Education levels are low. Incidences of malnutrition and waterborne illnesses are high, especially in young children.

How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Paper surveys, Community meetings or town halls, Other means

How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners

How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship with them or shifted power - over decisions, resources, rules or in other ways - to them?

We have regular formal and informal engagement with members of communities in which we work. As each community has different people and dynamics, we strive to understand the variances. As the programs are intended to be owned and managed by the community members, their buy-in and understanding has to be comprehensive. Regular communication helps our team understand where additional support may be needed. A specific recent example wold be a community in where there was conflict regarding the water source and its perceived impact on the project. We brought all community leaders together to discuss and work to resolve the issue, rather than trying to remedy it on our own.

What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

Our team is working in a completely new community. Based on results found during our first round of monitoring, we realize that more training is needed for our new implementers and community agents to sustain the high level results we strive to achieve. The training program will be modified to include additional layers for deeper understanding. Continued monitoring will help us measure results of the additional training.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.

Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research

Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.

Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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