DigDeep Doubles World Water Day Donations with Funraise

DigDeep Doubles World Water Day Donations—and Continues to Make Waves With Funraise

April 18, 2023
5 minutes

DigDeep had everything ready for World Water Day 2020 (March 22). Campaign site, donor communications, and an OMG-worthy matching goal of $90,000. Then COVID-19 hit...

...and they had to figure out how to fundraise differently—fast. Luckily, DigDeep, a human rights nonprofit working to ensure that every American has clean, running water forever, had Funraise on their side, so spinning up a new campaign site and pulling data from their CRM was simple.

Here's their World Water Day story across the years of the pandemic, which is slowly becoming endemic.

World Water Day 2020

DigDeep brought their bring-it-on mindset to World Water Day 2020, quickly blowing past their initial stretch goal and increasing their matching amount to $120,000, and finally hitting almost $150,000 in donations. This success was the result of sharply pivoting their World Water Day campaign, tying their need to a global rallying cry going as viral as COVID-19 handwashing.

George McGraw, Founder and CEO of DigDeep, said,

"When COVID-19 hit, our clients' lack of water heightened their risk of contracting the virus. Funraise made it simple to refocus our World Water Day campaign and provided an easy way for donors to make a difference."

DigDeep has grown in leaps and bounds since moving to Funraise in 2018, more than doubling their World Water Day donations year-over-year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their donations through Funraise are the stuff nonprofit dreams are made of:

  • March 2018 = $38,050
  • World Water Day 2019 = $64,805
  • World Water Day 2020 = $130,044

World Water Day 2021

If you thought DigDeep nailed it in 2020, take a seat, because not only did DigDeep literally double down with a World Water Day 2021 goal of $180k—yes, double their 2020 goal—they challenged themselves to bring clean water to 110 Appalachian families deep in the mountain hollers of West Virginia through their Appalachia Water Project. So, did they achieve their goal?

(Drumroll, please!)

Wow! DigDeep surpassed their 2021 $180k goal by more than $10k.

World Water Day 2022

In 2022, DigDeep took a different route to doubling their World Water Day donations—they got a matching grant for $200,000. By drawing in over $150,000 in donations on their 2022 campaign site and double that in matching grants, DigDeep has shown the world what can only be described as a heckuva World Water Day 2022.

Year over year over year, Funraise has allowed DigDeep to grow not just their donations, but also their team, database, and ultimately, impact, even during a large-scale global crisis.

And beyond!

As the world returns to some semblance of normalcy, DigDeep continues to bring their best to help people all across America. After bringing clean water to hundreds of families through the Appalachia Water Project, DigDeep wanted to go even further. So, they launched the Colonias Water Project, with a goal to provide clean, running water to over 500,000 people living along the Texas-Mexico border near El Paso.

So, when everything’s said and done, what does this continued commitment to closing the water gap all across the country look like?

  • DigDeep has raised over $11.5 million with Funraise.
  • Over 40,000 donors have given to DigDeep over the years.

Yep, you read those numbers right, and in the years ahead, they’ll only grow! That’s what a great partnership like DigDeep + Funraise yields: record-breaking revenue, dedicated donors, and life-changing impact for over 2 million people around the country.

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