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Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.



The Osprey Foundation strives to empower individuals and communities through education, health, economic opportunity and human rights in a sustainable way.  Osprey’s water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) program has three main elements: 1) Supporting systems change that provides sustainable access to WASH services at scale; 2) Seeding innovative models for delivering WASH services to the poor; and 3) Advocating for change within the sector through collaboration and a focus on leveraged impact.  Osprey supports select WASH initiatives, NGOs, and social ventures with grants, impact investments, and expert advice on strategy, funding and operations. It focuses its WASH program in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.


The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program consists of not-for-profit social marketing and emergency relief efforts to provide P&G packets in the developing world with private, public, and NGO partners. Our goal is to reduce sickness and death in children that results from drinking contaminated water.


World Vision, the leading NGO providing clean drinking water in the developing world, is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to helping children and communities reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We work in nearly 100 countries, serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.



The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials has been protecting the public’s health and safety for more than eighty years. The IAPMO Group is a complete service organization, providing leadership towards the development of consensus based sustainable water and energy code provisions, leading educational programs, and a manufacturer-preferred 3rd party certification program.


As a leading manufacturer in the plumbing industry, KOHLER is bringing its expertise to work with WASH partners in designing and delivering the aspirational, affordable products people want but to which they lack access. KOHLER Clarity – a ceramic water filter based on PATH’s C1 interface – is KOHLER’s first BOP product.



The Aquagenx Compartment Bag Test (CBT) is a portable water quality test kit that detects and quantifies E. coli bacteria and determines if water poses a health risk. CBT Kits are ideal for on-site testing in low resource and disaster/emergency areas.


Aqua Research provides consulting and innovative technology solutions to serve the water needs of mankind.

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Aquatabs & Aquatabs Flo – water technology that delivers access to safe, clean drinking water with the drop of a tablet or easily installed water treatment system.

Since 1943, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been privileged to serve the poor and disadvantaged overseas. CRS works to uphold human dignity and promote better standards of living.


FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender equality, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.


Using sophisticated technical processes, the world leader in mineral-based specialties for industry, Imerys transforms a large variety of minerals into high value specialty products essential for its customers’ products or manufacturing processes.

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MadiDrop PBC provides safe drinking water technologies throughout the world. Working with humanitarian organizations, we provide the MadiDrop – a simple approach to address waterborne diseases and contaminated water. Visit madidrop.com.


NSF International provides independent, third-party testing and certification for evaluation of product performance and contaminant reduction claims.


Plan International USA is a child-centered development organization that believes in the promise and potential of children. All of Plan’s programs are built with and owned by the community, resulting in a development approach designed to improve the lives of children and their families for the longest period of time.

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RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world.


Sawyer is the global leader in point of use hollow fiber membrane water filtration systems. Join us as we change the world.

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The Institute for the Environment is dedicated to solving the most pressing environmental challenges in North Carolina and beyond, through leading innovative research, educating the next generation and engaging our communities.


Village Water Filters is a non-profit corporation producing the best point of use hollow fiber membrane water filters at the lowest cost; all done with the sustainability of creating hope through business.

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The NC Watershed Stewardship Network is a community of watershed stakeholders working to increase capacity and collaboration for healthy streams and clean water.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, please see the conference sponsorship information page, or send an email to waterandhealth@unc.edu.