Christian humanitarian organization World Vision has announced a $40 million gift from philanthropists David H. and Dana Dornsife in support of water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in twenty-four African countries.
With the gift, World Vision will work to create a new water, sanitation, and hygiene business plan for the future and advance its goal of ensuring clean water for everyone, everywhere it works, by 2030. World Vision previously committed to reach twenty million people with clean water by the end of 2020 and has reached sixteen million people to date.
Longtime supporters of the organization, the Dornsifes have invested a total of $115 million in World Vision's clean water programs, including gifts of $35 million in 2011 and $40 million in 2016. David Dornsife is chair of Herrick Corporation, a steel fabrication company, while Dana Dornsife is the founder and CEO of Lazarex, a not-for-profit organization focused on equitable access to clinical trials for cancer patients in the U.S.
"[T]he Dornsifes have been foundational for World Vision, becoming the largest nongovernmental provider of clean drinking water on the planet [and] reaching one new person with clean drinking water every ten seconds," said World Vision U.S. president Edgar Sandoval, Sr.
"To encourage others to join us, our requirement is that every dollar we donate is matched by other donors," said Dana Dornsife. "World Vision's water, sanitation, and hygiene program empowers women and girls and is the basis for good development so communities can lift themselves out of poverty."