31 Days to Make a Difference

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I contribute the same amount (10%) instead of buying the bottle/case of VOSS Water?

 

Can I just make a donation and not buy the bottle/case?

 

If 10% of the sales prices goes to the foundation, where does the rest go?
  • The additional 90% includes but is not limited to manufacturing, labor, packaging, and shipping cost to facilities.

 

Is VOSS only donating 10% per unit sold to Voss Foundation between March 22 and April 22, 2019?
  • VOSS does not only donate to Voss Foundation between March 22 – April 22. In 2008 the directors of VOSS Water incorporated Voss Foundation as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since its inception in 2008, VOSS Water has donated to Voss Foundation on an annual basis. In addition to their financial contributions, VOSS Water provides in-kind support in the form of office space, graphic design expertise, and human resources. However, Voss Foundation is not fully funded by VOSS Water.  Voss Foundation sustains its full roster of activities through additional contributions, sponsorships, and strategic partnerships.

 

Does VOSS fund water projects or donate water in the US? 
  • VOSS is committed to Voss Foundation and their mission to bring clean water to Sub-Saharan Africa and has been for over a decade. In previous years, VOSS has supported relief efforts domestically and will continue to do so in the future on a case by case basis. VOSS believes deeply in supporting our communities both here in the US and abroad.

 

Does VOSS need to sell a certain number of units in order for Voss Foundation to receive their financial contribution?
  • No. Voss Water has committed to donating $31,000 to Voss Foundation for the 31 Days to Make a Difference campaign regardless of sales.

 

How does VOSS and Voss Foundation choose where to construct the water project in Africa?
  • Voss Foundation works with implementing partners (local nonprofit organizations) in communities with water, sanitation, and hygiene needs whose location, level of engagement, and political situation will allow for successful, sustainable projects. To date, Voss Foundation has funded projects in seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Swaziland, and Uganda.

 

Does Voss Foundation work with local groups in Africa to build the water projects?
  • Voss Foundation works with implementing partners (local nonprofit organizations) in communities with water, sanitation, and hygiene needs whose location, level of engagement, and political situation will allow for successful, sustainable projects.
  • Voss Foundation partnership criteria includes but is not limited to:
    • Registered with the local or national government as a nonprofit or charitable organization and/or are recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) public charities
    • Run by or utilize a large percentage of qualified local staff and workers
    • Have experience in the region(s) of Sub-Saharan Africa in which they work
    • Operate in a country that is not currently involved in armed conflict
    • Operate in rural and peri-urban areas
    • Demonstrate inclusion of local input and a commitment to local priorities in the project design
    • Demonstrate that access to WASH is necessary to achieve their respective missions
    • Able to evaluate impact and adjust programs where necessary to achieve results
    • An annual budget that does not exceed $500,000
    • Have a long-term commitment to the region and beneficiary communities

 

Will Voss Foundation continue to monitor the water project following its completion?
  • Voss Foundation’s water projects are developed with the intention of creating long term, measurable, and sustainable change. Voss Foundation maintains a portion of funds to certify projects are functional and safe. In addition, Voss Foundation works alongside local partners to ensure that each project is individually tailored, multiyear, and multifaceted. Voss Foundation also provides support for sanitation and hygiene trainings and on-going monitoring and evaluation.