Safe Water Network was co-founded by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. Safe Water Network is one of his legacy charities. Newman’s Own Foundation has supported our work since its inception with important funding for our field initiatives in Ghana and India, as well as financial support for communication efforts including a new website which launched in May of 2014.

Newman’s Own Foundation also provides valuable insight and guidance for a variety of activities from marketing and fundraising, to field operations. The Newman’s Own Foundation CEO and president, Robert Forrester is on the Safe Water Network board.

In 2010, Safe Water Network joined forces with the Foundation to provide technical assistance on a water tower project for the Kiberia School for Girls in one of Kenya’s worst slums. The project supplies safe water to the school, as well as the surrounding community.

Newman’s Own Foundation is an independent, private foundation formed in 2005 by Paul Newman to sustain the legacy of his philanthropic work. Funded entirely through the profits and royalties of Newman’s Own products, the Foundation does not maintain an endowment, raise funds, or accept donations. Since 1982, when Paul Newman first declared, “Let’s give it all away,” more than $400 million has been donated to thousands of nonprofit organizations helping people in need around the world.

“Paul would be very proud of the great progress Safe Water Network has made, but he’d also point out that there was much work still to be done.”
Robert Forrester, CEO & President, Newman’s Own Foundation

Ongoing Innovation

Generating awareness about the benefits of safe water and improved hygiene practice is no easy task. With the help of our partners, we have developed a field-tested series of standardized messaging that communicates clearly why...
We have documented every aspect of what we do in the field so that others can easily replicate our approach. To ensure our manuals, toolkits and other training materials are up to date, we revise them regularly.


A peri-urban area facing water challenges due to rapid urban development.
A region lacking safe water access alongside the world’s largest reservoir.