AN INVITATION TO JOIN AMERICA’S WATER FUTURE

Alarming headlines about water seem to be the new normal. Unprecedented droughts, flooding, water pollution, water business risk, wasted or contaminated water caused by crumbling infrastructure, population growth and the staggering effects of extreme weather impact people across the United States every day. And our water challenges are only increasing.

We all have a choice to make about America’s Water Future.

Do we want to be ready for what’s to come? For our children to have the skills and knowledge they need to meet the demands of a water-stressed world head-on? For their children to have clean water that has been conserved and protected through responsible water stewardship? If the answer is yes, we need to start now.

The good news is that the work of educating today’s youth to become tomorrow’s water champions is already underway. For more than 30 years, the nonprofit Project WET Foundation has been working with organizations in every U.S. state to create and deliver hands-on water education training, offering unmatched depth and breadth in both geography and content. Each year, our Project WET USA Network trains more than 20,000 educators—everyone from classroom teachers to park rangers, nature center leaders to water utility professionals—to reach 1.6 million students with hands-on water education.

However, to educate more people about water and give them the tools necessary to solve complex water issues and safeguard America’s Water Future, we need your support. We are calling on people and organizations from all walks of life—government agencies, private businesses, nonprofits, corporations, communities and even individuals—to join the campaign and invest in America’s Water Future.

Every dollar donated to the America’s Water Future campaign will be used to support quality water education materials, professional development and outreach in communities throughout the United States. For every $1 raised, the Project WET Foundation and the Project WET USA Network will invest $3 in local, regional and national water education activities. The end result? A more educated population that understands how every one of us can be water champions, ensuring America’s Water Future.

We want America’s Water Future to include clean water, more efficient water use, healthier watersheds and ecosystems, better preparation for water-related natural disasters and a commitment to water stewardship. What do you want America’s Water Future to look like?

It’s your choice.

What can the money do?

  • $50 can provide activity booklets to teach a classroom of children about drought or another important water issue
  • $500 can give activity booklets to 10 classrooms—or complete a library of water education booklets for a single classroom
  • $2,500 can train 20 new educators to teach about water in a local community
  • $3,000 can translate a book from print to digital to allow for greater reach $5,000 can support the creation of a digital training for educators that could be used worldwide
  • $10,000 can sponsor a local children’s water festival
  • $25,000 can launch the development of place-based curriculum for a local watershed
  • $50,000 can fund a brand-new children’s activity booklet on a topic not yet explored in the Project WET library
  • $100,000 can guarantee the publication of a new water education book specifically for early childhood educators—reaching our youngest learners
  • $250,000 can create a water education app for kids’ use on mobile and tablet devices worldwide

Lily is America's Water Future

In 2016, Lily will learn about the cost of floods to communities using Project WET’s “High Water History” activity. In 2029, Lily will perfect a sea wall that prevents coastal communities from being damaged during hurricanes and other extreme weather.Lily is America's Water Future

Carlos is America's Water Future

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In 2018, Carlos will learn about contaminants in ground water using Project WET’s “A Grave Mistake” activity. In 2031, Carlos will protect his community’s health when he discovers a toxic plume while conducting hydrological sampling.

HOW CAN YOU HELP:

Invest in America’s Water Future: Every dollar counts—especially since donations will be tripled by the Project WET Foundation and the Project WET USA Network. Donating to the America’s Water Future campaign supports water awareness and education to enable us to manage and protect water for today and tomorrow.

Become a sustaining member of America’s Water Future: A sustaining membership is a convenient, ongoing way to support relevant, practical water awareness and education. Simply choose the monthly amount that is comfortable to you, and we will do the rest.

Share information about America’s Water Future: Infographics, posters and videos highlight the many water challenges we face. Check out the resources below, and help America’s Water Future go viral!

Make a personal commitment to America’s Water Future: Purchase Project WET educational materials for yourself or for the children, youth and educators in your life, visit DiscoverWater.org, attend a Project WET workshop to learn how to teach about water—take a stand for water literacy.

HOW YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN HELP:

Invest in America’s Water Future: Sign on as an America’s Water Future sponsor and explore tailored sponsor recognition packages. We offer fully customized options to help reach your company’s sustainability goals, including meaningful employee engagement, targeted social and traditional media outreach and community involvement in the places that matter to you. Learn more about creating water success stories with America's Water Future.

Support the creation of new water education materials to address topics critical to America’s Water Future: The Project WET Foundation has the world’s largest and most acclaimed collection of water education activities. However, as the complex world of water evolves, we can work with you to develop and deliver water education specifically targeted to emerging needs.

Partner with America’s Water Future: Nonprofits, government agencies and other types of organizations that may not have the capacity to support the America’s Water Future campaign financially can still be involved by participating in communications, networking and special events as official partners.

Taye is America's Water Future

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In 2019, Taye will learn about waste water treatment using Project WET’s “Super Bowl Surge” activity. In 2032, Taye will lead a campaign in the U.S. Congress to modernize our nation’s water and waste water treatment facilities nationwide.

Ana is America's Water Future

In 2017, Ana will learn about the amount of fresh water on Earth using Project WET’s “Blue Planet” activity. In 2036, Ana will develop a new, low-cost way to remove salt from ocean water to provide more fresh water to water-stressed areas.

MAJOR GIVING LEVELS

National Signature Sponsor: $100,000 and up

Signature Sponsor: $50,000 to $99,999

Sponsor: $25,000 to $49,999

Supporter: $10,000 to $24,999

Donor: $5,000 to $9,999

Major donors at all levels are eligible for customized sponsor recognition packages. Invest in America’s Water Future in 2016 and 2017 and receive special recognition as a Headwaters Partner, signifying early support of the campaign.

Want to know how engagement can work? View the Five Steps to Creating Water Success Stories with America's Water Future.


America’s Water Future is a campaign of the Project WET Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 20-0281441). All or part of any donation to the America’s Water Future campaign may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.

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