Deerfield Beach, Florida – July 15, 2012. After a long process of form submittals and backup documentation to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF) received notice of approval as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, retroactive to September 2010. The long and arduous approval process has allowed the Foundation to achieve yet another milestone!

Under Section 170, of USC Title 26: Internal Revenue Code, the organization is exempt from income tax and contributions to the organization are tax exempt. The Foundation is also qualified to receive bequests, devices, transfers or gifts under Sections 2055, 2106 or 2522. WWIF will now be able to step up its fund-raising efforts and apply for grants available through other foundations as well as other private and public organizations.

WWIF has started the ‘Save a family’ fund-raising campaign, through which donors will be able to donate a filter ($100 USD), which provides clean, safe drinking water to a family of four for approximately eight to 10 years. Donors will also be able to donate the fractional cost of a filter.

100% of the funds will be used to purchase and deploy Hydraid filters to the Foundation’s most recent projects: the water treatment industry project village of San Jose de Ulloa, Dominican Republic and the St. Paul Lutheran School village in Bagliga, Ghana, which A non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to developing areas 3001 S.W. 15 Street, Suite C ● Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 ● USA Tel.: 954-421-1454 Fax: 954-480-9962 www.wishingwellintl.org have 200 and 100 water-impoverished families, respectively. The goal is to raise enough money to fund 200 of the 300 filters needed in the two locations. 100 filters (50 each location) have already been installed, with existing funding and have already positively impacted nearly 500 people.

Florida-based Cyriacks Environmental Consulting Services (CECOS), a Platinum sponsor and early supporter of the Foundation since its inception, has pledged to match dollar for dollar, up to $2,500 (USD), for all donations received from the water treatment industry through August 30, 2012. “We believe in the mission of WWIF and challenge the industry to exercise their corporate social responsibility,” said company President Wendy Cyriacks. “We know times are tough for many companies; however, times are tougher for those the Foundation is reaching out to and trying to help. It does not matter how large or small the donation is; every little bit helps.”


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Facts:
  • 884 million people in the world do not have access to clean water.
  • 1.6 million children die each year from waterborne diseases.
  • The Millennium Development Goal on child survival (MDG 4) will remain beyond our reach until diarrheal disease, poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water issues are addressed.
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