The Caterpillar Foundation’s diverse portfolio has included plenty of water-related projects over the years, but a recent agreement with Water.org has the organization placing a big bet on the microfinance industry’s ability to expand access to sanitation in the developing world.
Given its Silicon Valley roots, the Skoll Foundation’s interest in "social entrepreneurship" is only natural. It’s also a sentiment you need to tap into if you’re interested in a partnership with the organization. The foundation has a broad range of interests — in fact, it seems to be less concerned about any one issue than about finding people who have creative ideas for addressing big problems.
It may sound like a small bird-watching club from the Maryland suburbs, but over the last few years the Osprey Foundation has quietly become one of the United States' largest funders of global water and sanitation projects.
It’s fitting that Bill Gates would have an interest in finding a better approach to sanitation. In the early days of his native Seattle, residents lucky enough to have indoor plumbing were forced to deal with geyser-like overflows whenever a rising tide met the drainpipe that channeled the city’s sewage into the Puget Sound.