The only intermediary foundation singularly focused on water in the United States.

Who We Are

The Water Foundation is a nonprofit foundation staffed by a team of water scientists, policy experts, and campaign strategists. We use philanthropy’s ability to convene, experiment with new ideas, and translate and scale what works to bring the sweeping policy change we need in water.

The Water Foundation launched as the California Water Foundation in 2011, operating as an initiative of the Resources Legacy Fund, and transitioned to an independent foundation in 2017. The Water Foundation is funded by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Pisces Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and Resources Legacy Fund, among others.

We have delivered over $40 million in funding to the field, convened hundreds of diverse nonprofit, private, and community-based organizations, and worked with our partners to secure landmark water policies.