Your contributions make an impact

Your contributions will:

  • Further educate young people and the public as a whole about the importance of groundwater and the groundwater industry
  • Be recognized and appreciated
  • Be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law as the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Funds contributed to the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation support only the Foundation's educational, research, and other charitable activities. Funds are not used for any NGWA operations.

If you would like to explore planned giving options, please contact NGWREF Chief Executive Officer Kevin McCray, CAE, via e-mail at, by telephone at 800 551.7379 (614 898.7791), ext. 503, or by writing to: NGWREF, 601 Dempsey Rd., Westerville, OH 43081.

Designate your NGWREF contribution among the areas below.

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21st Century General Fund $
Established in 1994, the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) is operated by the National Ground Water Association as a 501 (c)(3) public charitable foundation. The NGWREF mission is clear: "Conduct educational, research, and other charitable activities to enhance the future effectiveness of groundwater professions and to maximize the impact of groundwater for society."

Developing Nations Fund $
To benefit the quality of life for people around the world without access to plentiful supplies of potable groundwater, this fund provides small assistance grants.

Groundwater Research Fund $
Established in 2004, this fund creates grants for high-quality research projects that expand the body of water well technology available to practitioners, to assist practitioners in understanding and applying this knowledge, and contribute to the groundwater community's effectiveness in serving the greatest public good.

Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer Series $
To fostor interest and excellence in groundwater science and technology, the Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1986. The Series, which has reached more than 70,000 groundwater students, faculty members, and professionals, honors Henry Darcy for his scientific discoveries of 1856. Darcy's investigations established the physical basis upon which groundwater hydrology has been studied ever since. Since its inception, 27 outstanding scientists and engineers have contributed time traveling nationally and internationally through the lecture series.

Len Assante Scholarship Fund $
In 2002, the Foundation established a scholarship find named in honor of Leonard Assante, CWD/PI (Retired in Good Standing), a past president of NGWA respected for his commitment to the industry and to education.

Robert N. Farvolden Awards Fund $
The Farvolden Awards are given to the four best student presenters at the Groundwater Summit. Each winner receives a monetary prize to help fund their ongoing education. To date the fund has awarded almost $20,000 to 33 outstanding groundwater students.

USA Groundwater Fund $
The USA Groundwater Fund was established to help meet the groundwater needs here at home. Donations to this fund will go to education and training of groundwater professions as well as to support the Water Wells for America program. This fund will also work to include awareness and educate the public on groundwater issues.

William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series $
Dedicated to professional excellence in water well technology for the ultimate purpose of protecting the world's groundwater resources, the William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer in Water Well Technology supports efforts to enhance the skills and credibility of all groundwater professionals and to develop and exchange industry knowledge. The lecture series honors William A. McEllhiney, the founding president of NGWA.