Foundation Funding for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Mar 20, 2012

This research brief takes a closer look at the role of foundation funding for water, sanitation, and hygiene by subject area and by geographic region. The brief also lists top WASH funders and recipients and highlights initiatives by specific foundations.
  • The total number of foundations awarding WASH grants jumped from 24 in 2003 to 78 in 2010.
  • U.S. foundation funding for WASH comprises less than 2% of U.S. foundation giving for international causes.
  • From 2009 to 2010, 30% of all grant dollars went to Africa, the largest share of any geographic region, while 18% went to Asia and 9% went to Central/South America.
  • The largest proportion of foundation grant dollars support water sector policy and administration (20%), followed by basic drinking water supply (17%), WASH research (14%), and basic sanitation (14%).
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