Giving Back is Part of Who We Are

American Water has long believed in the importance of being a good neighbor and good steward of the environment. The primary focus of the American Water Charitable Foundation is to support employees in their own charitable endeavors, provide stronger support for disaster relief efforts, and to provide funding for higher-level initiatives related to clean water, conservation, education, and community sustainability.

Since its inception, the Foundation has donated nearly $9 million in funding through grants and matching gifts.

In early 2022, American Water announced that it contributed $45 million to the American Water Charitable Foundation. The contribution will significantly add to the Foundation’s existing endowment, and was made possible by the proceeds from the company’s sale of American Water’s Homeowner Services Group.

Inclusion and Diversity Grants

In 2021, American Water was proud to present an Inclusion and Diversity Grant Program for organizations based in California, Illinois, and West Virginia. The Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Grant program provides financial assistance to organizations seeking to develop and implement programs, training or community-related projects that aim to promote and foster inclusion and diversity in the community. The maximum grant amount is $2,500. A list of recipients for each state is available at the links below.

California American Water Award Recipients
Illinois American Water Award Recipients
West Virginia Award Recipients

For more information on the grant, visit our Communities site [link].

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Campaign

At American Water, every employee has a role in driving inclusion and diversity. In recognition and celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, employees are provided a paid day off to volunteer and participate in local service activities.-

On January 18, to compliment these efforts and inspire community giving, the Foundation gifted $18 to every employee, via their myGiving Rewards Account, to donate to an eligible charity of choice. Over 2,570 employees participated, collectively making a meaningful difference to diverse organizations across the country.

Grants by Focus Area

Remembrance Campaign Giving By The Numbers

Civil Rights & Advocacy


Health & Human Services


Community Support


American Water Employee Crisis Fund


Food Banks & Meal Programs