Ripples, the One Drop Foundation’s Circles of Giving
By Lisa Clowery, Chief Philanthropy and Corporate Development Officer And Tara Maritzer, Advisor, Donor Relations and Corporate Development
For the past 15 years, the One Drop Foundation has ensured sustainable safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for communities facing extreme barriers around the world through partnership, creativity, and the Power of Art. Here, we envision a better world, where all have access to living conditions that allow empowerment and development—a lofty goal to be sure, but until every single person on the planet has access to safe water, WE CANNOT GIVE UP. We need to roll up our sleeves and work even harder—together. Since 2007, we have transformed the living conditions of 1.7 million people and are well on our way to impacting a million more. On January 1, 2016, the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were officially launched as we aligned our mission with SDG 6: ensure access to water and sanitation for all. For all humanity to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we need to work together at every level—from corporate partners and local governments to community members and artists—and of course donors.
As the Dalai Lama said, “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects”. Which is why we have structured our giving program in a way that allows for flexible giving levels. We want to make sure that the levels we propose are inclusive, flexible, and attainable. Doing so enables both individual donors and companies of different sizes to amplify their impact, grow their knowledge, network thoughtfully within each ripple circle community, and foster deeper connections. In other words: give better and collectively give bigger.
It is important for the One Drop Foundation to provide awareness opportunities about the cause, the mission, and the impact we work so hard for. It is also crucial for us to deliver a two-way dialogue mechanism that gives our Ripple members the chance to have their voices heard and actively contribute. Exclusive information sessions that can be virtual or in-person and presentations about topics of interest identified by the members themselves are just a few of the ideas that are emerging from this giving program. These sessions may include social, educational, and engagement components that connect members while increasing their understanding of philanthropy. By joining the Ripple Circle, you can create your own personal philanthropic journey with exclusive access to One Drop events and custom experiences that help you learn more about the organization and its programs.
Just like our unique approach to international programs puts people at the centre of their water projects, this giving program puts donors at the heart of it all. Individually, Ripple Members make a difference. Together, we can make a truly transformational impact. If you would like to get involved and learn how you can create (or join) a Ripple, please contact Tara.Maritzer@onedrop.org.
“Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water, it will make ripples throughout the entire pond.” -Bryan Matteo
“Failure is the best teacher of all. If you never fail, you will never truly know how sweet success can be.”