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Charity: Water First of Five Organizations to Receive $5,000 Perficient Gives Global Grant

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Perficient and our colleagues have always given selflessly of our time and talent, making our communities brighter each day. Since 2021, our Giving Employee Resource Group (ERG) has inspired action and generosity while capturing and celebrating all the amazing ways we’re making a difference across the world.

READ MORE: 2023 Perficient Community Impact Report

Global Grants Program LogoEarlier this year, the Giving ERG introduced a new way colleagues could make a difference – the Perficient Gives Global Grants Program. Through the program, colleagues around the world can nominate their favorite charitable organization to receive a one-time $5,000 donation from Perficient. Any nonprofit organization that aligns with Perficient’s corporate giving pillars – advancing STEM education and improving health and well-being – can be nominated to receive a Perficient Gives Global Grant.

Nominations were held in April, with global colleagues nominating nearly 100 wonderful global organizations, and five were selected to each receive $5,000.

Charity WaterToday, we’re proud to announce the first recipient of a Perficient Gives Global Grant – Charity: Water – which was nominated by Renu Hall, a director out of Perficient’s Houston office.

Charity: Water’s Mission and Renu’s Passion for Ending the Water Crisis

Safe drinking water is much more than a basic human need. It’s the foundation for improved health, education, and economic opportunity. Charity: Water has been on a mission since 2006 to end the global water crisis. By partnering with experienced local organizations to build sustainable, community-owned water projects, Charity: Water has connected more than 18 million people in 29 countries to clean and safe drinking water.

Renu HallFor Renu, nominating Charity: Water for a Perficient Gives Global Grant came from her own personal experiences and seeing the need firsthand.

“I have a lot of passion for that organization, and hearing that they would be receiving this donation was pretty special,” said Renu. “I was born in Tanzania and grew up in Sub-Saharan Africa before moving to India and then the U.S. So, I grew up in developing nations, and one of the biggest struggles for these countries is bare necessities: sanitation, water, food, medicine. You see the effect of that in these countries and I grew up experiencing it.”

Charity: Water works with local partners to fund water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs for rural communities around the world. Once a local partner has been selected, Charity: Water works with them to evaluate existing water sources, terrain, and population to ensure they are funding the most appropriate solution for each community. After construction ends, Charity: Water continues to work with their local partners to monitor, evaluate, and maintain WASH programs, ensuring that each program operates sustainably for years to come.

Renu has supported Charity: Water through her own financial donations for years and says hearing the story of Charity: Water’s founder, Scott Harrison, is one aspect that initially inspired her to get involved. She noted President Jimmy Carter’s advocacy for global health and environmental concerns as another inspiration for making a difference.

“It is distressing to see a child’s future threatened or diminished by preventable disease. The rights to health services and to safe, clean, affordable water are fundamental to a life of dignity and are protected by international law. Yet millions of people die of water-related diseases annually, and millions more suffer needlessly. None of us should turn a blind eye to the shocking consequences of inadequate access to clean water and to sanitation.”

President Jimmy Carter, as quoted in Renu’s nomination

“Charity: Water’s work has a huge impact on communities all over the world, promoting health and vitality and reducing disease and decline, in areas where Perficient employees live and work,” said Renu.

Thanks to Renu’s nomination and Charity: Water’s fundraising model, 100% of Perficient’s donation will aid in the planning and implementation of sustainable water sources in rural areas around the world.

“The U.S. dollar can go a long way in developing nations to do so much with very little. The impact you can make with those dollars in those nations is remarkable. Whole communities and whole villages can be changed,” said Renu. “Charity: Water is doing life-saving work. People die from water-borne diseases in these countries, and it’s tragic to see how the basic necessity of access to clean water could save those lives.”

READ MORE: Learn About the Incredible Work Charity: Water is Doing

Help Charity: Water Bring Clean and Safe Water to Every Person on the Planet

More than 703 million people are living without clean water. Help Charity: Water bring clean water to these affected communities by making a donation today or joining their monthly giving community, “The Spring.” Every cent funds clean water projects around the world.

Perficient’s donation to Charity: Water is the first of five we will make in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for future updates announcing the other four great organizations that are receiving a Perficient Gives Global Grant! We’re not stopping here, either. Perficient colleagues will have another opportunity to nominate their favorite charity for a Perficient Gives Global Grant later this year.

Every Perficient colleague can make a difference and help us build a brighter world for years to come. The Perficient Gives Global Grants Program is an incredible opportunity for any colleague – no matter their global location – to help pay it forward and support charitable causes.

READ MORE: Explore How We’re Making Meaningful Differences in Our Global Communities


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Thoughts on “Charity: Water First of Five Organizations to Receive $5,000 Perficient Gives Global Grant”

  1. Perficient’s commitment to community shines through their Giving Employee Resource Group and Global Grants Program. Congrats to Charity: Water on receiving support to bring clean water where it’s needed most!

  2. Impressive to see Perficient’s support for Charity: Water! It’s great to know that companies are actively contributing to global causes. This grant will make a significant impact. Thanks for sharing this uplifting news!

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Connor Stieferman, Communications Manager

Connor is the Communications Manager at Perficient, responsible for sharing news about Perficient and our thought leadership through public relations, media relations, and corporate communications strategies. He has been with Perficient since May 2019.

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