Nonprofit Chronicles

Journalism about foundations, nonprofits and their impact

Software is eating the world, as the data at our fingertips (literally) gets richer all the time. Smart phones, Google searches, maps, weather, music from Pandora or Songza, Uber and AirBnb are all data-driven. Baseball nerds like me look at WAR, OPS and WHIP, along with batting average and ERA. But water? Not so much. …

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When researching water charities for last month’s long blogpost, and trying to understand why as many as 40 percent of water points in the developing world are broken at any given time, I was surprised to learn about the sector’s spotty sustainability performance. I was also struck by the lack of transparency about its work. …

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If you’ve donated money to a water charity, congratulations. You’ve stepped up to try to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems–the fact that roughly 750 million people do not have access to clean water. Has your donation made a lasting difference? That’s hard to know. Big water charities point to numbers that, they …

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