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Wells of Life Inc

 24800 Chrisanta Dr, Suite 200
 Mission Viejo, CA 92691
[P] (949) 4674097
[F] --
[email protected]
MIchael Olson
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 45-1496631 --


Mission StatementMORE »

A non-profit organization bringing clean water to rural Uganda by drilling wells and teaching the local community about sustainable hygiene and water supply.

Mission Statement

A non-profit organization bringing clean water to rural Uganda by drilling wells and teaching the local community about sustainable hygiene and water supply.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $1,900,000.00
Projected Revenue $2,000,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Rehabilitation of Government Wells
  • Drilling Wells

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Mission Statement

A non-profit organization bringing clean water to rural Uganda by drilling wells and teaching the local community about sustainable hygiene and water supply.

Background Statement

Wells of Life grew out of the 2008 very successful school-building efforts in rural Uganda from our founder and current Executive Director, Nick Jordan, who realized that while the four schools that he financed met a great need, access to clean water was the critical need and the basis of any effort to diminish poverty and disease. He therefore created Wells of Life in with the ten year goal of financing the drilling of one thousand wells, to serve one thousand people each, for an estimated period of twenty five years each. This program could then be easily duplicated all over the world. A well doesn't simply prevent disease and free girls and women from being beasts of burden, it allows the girls to attend school and the women to function as mothers and the time to engage in self-sustaining projects. A well is a catalyst that moves a rural community in Uganda to move forward to living sustainable lives.  
Our program also empowers families and especially the youth in our own communities to use their time and talent to engage in service and learn the satisfaction of being involved in a cause greater than themselves. The vision and mission of Wells of Life is to save at a well and one community at a time.

Impact Statement

1) we funded 100 wells in 2018
2) we provided clean water and sanitation education to 100,000 people in 2018
3) we increased donations by 40% in 2017
4) we plan to fund 100 wells and rehabilitate 50 government wells in 2018
5) we plan to bring clean water and sanitation education to more than 150,000 people in 2018

Needs Statement

1) financial support
2) advisory board members
3) skilled  fundraising volunteers
4) collaborative partnerships in many forms

CEO Statement

Simple as it sounds, a borehole water well can mean the difference between life and death. It means children won't become sick with waterborne illness. They can receive an education instead of being trapped in a cycle of poverty, spending each day fetching contaminated water. Clean water is a very basic human need and no one should die from lack of clean water.

Board Chair Statement

Access to fresh water is the cornerstone of every working, growing, healthy community and it is a missing resource that is often only a relatively few meters under the feet of dying children. We can drill the necessary life-giving well in 100 days from funding on average, at a cost of $6,000 (every penny donated for that purpose goes only to drilling costs) and we provide the GPS coordinates, a village/school profile and photographs of the dedication plaque and happy children back to the donor within a few months. This program is economical, quick, verifiable and easily duplicated. We don't change the entire world but we change the world of thousands of villagers & school children forever.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donate on, Send a check to: 24800 Chrisanta Drive, Suite 200, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Volunteer by calling 949-467-4097

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
Wells of Life is based in Mission Viejo, California, USA, and is committed to improving living conditions throughout impoverished areas of Africa, specifically in Uganda.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
  2. Health Care - Public Health
  3. Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines - Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairment



Rehabilitation of Government Wells

There are many, many wells in Africa that fall into disrepair within 1-3 years of installation.  This program sets out to rehabilitate these wells, giving water back to these communities.  We will then carry the flag of ensuring these wells continue to function into the future.
Budget  150,000
Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International Health Care Assistance
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Rehabilitating 50 of these wells in 2018.
Program Long-Term Success  Rehabilitating 1,000's of wells and ensuring they continue to function for the villages served.         
Program Success Monitored By  Staff on the ground in Uganda.
Examples of Program Success  --

Drilling Wells

Our program goal is to drill 100 wells in Uganda within the first ten years of our existence thereby providing clean water to one million people. We know that we cannot solve the world water crisis or even the Uganda water crisis through our efforts alone, but we can, and have, developed procedures whereby a donation of $6,000 will finance the drilling of a borehole water well and will supply clean, life saving and sight saving water for a village of 1,000 men, women and children. Every penny of the $6,000 goes only to drilling costs and the solution for a single village is easily duplicated quickly, for the same amount of money.
Budget  $462,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Africa People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Program Short-Term Success  Our short term success is seen everyday by the successful drilling of each water well which supplies clean water for a 1,000 people, greatly reducing infant mortality and illness in the specific targeted village, allowing girls to attend school and sparing them and their mothers from the daily curse of water carrying beasts of burden. Our initial founding goal will be met when we have drilled well number 1,000, providing clean water to one million people.
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success will be accomplished when we have inspired other charities to duplicate our procedures throughout Uganda, and hopefully all areas of the world where clean water is easily reached by borehole water wells.
Program Success Monitored By  Our success monitoring is currently performed by our contract drilling partners who supply us with independently audited reports verifying that the wells drilled are still in operating condition. With further funding, we plan to institute our own independent auditing procedures. 
Examples of Program Success  Every well is celebrated both by the people of the community served, and by all personnel in our organization.  We know that infant mortality in that specific village will be reduced drastically over the next few years. Attendance of girls at the local schools will likewise increase dramatically and the general health and well being of these specific villages will be greatly enhanced.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Nicholas Jordan
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Mr. Nick Jordan's experienced in African charities began in 2004 when he decided to build a school honoring his deceased sister's desire to go Uganda as a teacher or missionary. Unfortunately, cancer ended her life and dreams too soon. Mr. Jordan researched the various charities operating in Africa and chose Fields of Life, an Irish - based charity with several decades of experience in providing schools, health services, and related operations in Uganda. He began fundraising efforts in California and eventually raised enough money to build four schools over the next four years through the efforts of Fields of Life. In 2008, he visited those schools and was overwhelmed by the poverty in these remote villages,and by the fact that young girls were denied an education because they spent their day carrying contaminated water back to their villages, but most of all by the tragic blindness of adults, deaths of children and general ill health because of the lack of access of clean water. In 2009, he founded Wells of Life to try to solve these problems. In 2011, the Secretary of State for California accepted our Articles of Incorporation and we obtained our 501 (c)(3) federal tax exemption. Mr. Jordan researched and found portable drilling wells that could be towed over rough terrain typical of rural Uganda, but still capable of reaching the comparatively high water table in those drought-cursed areas. He financed the purchase of two of these rigs in cooperation with Fields of Life, negotiated the drilling of wells for the greatly-reduced cost of $6,000 each and since then has researched and also contracted drilling services, sanitation education, micro-loans and related activities with Drop In The Bucket, a Los Angeles based charity. Utilizing both of these drilling partners, Mr. Jordan has successfully facilitated the funding of 100's of wells with a method that is accomplished within 100 days on average at a cost of $6,000 per well.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Michael Olson Operations Manager --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? --
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

We are seeking additional Advisory Board Members with personal, family or business connections to wealthy individuals that may share our commitment to this cause of supplying clean water to those in need as a basic human right and need, and companies that will act as sponsors of our charity.

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Peter Callahan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Partner, CTSC,LLC
Board Chair Term June 2015 - June 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Peter Callahan, Esq. President Partner, CTSC, LLC Voting
Mr. Charlie Hedges Vice President -- Voting
Mr. Mike Martin At Large Martin Investment Properties, Inc. Voting
Mr. Mike Raguse Treasurer Independent Business Consultant Voting
Mr. Rand Sperry At Large Business Owner Voting
Ms. Michelle Yegsigian Jordan Secretary Jordan Realty Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Professor David Feldman Advisory Board University of California Irvine NonVoting
Mr. Marcus McCarthy Advisory Board Trimble NonVoting
Fr. Max Ssekiwala Advisory Board -- NonVoting
Mr. Gregory Weiler, Esq. Advisory Board Palmieri, Tyler, NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

We realize that Wells of Life cannot solve the world water crisis, or even the water crisis in Uganda, through the efforts of our charity alone. What we can do, and what we have done, is to develop a procedure whereby for the cost of $6,000, we can cause a borehole water well to be drilled, usually within one hundred days of funding, that will provide life-giving, life saving clean water to a village of approximately one thousand men, women and children. This spared girls and women from the dangers and burdens of spending most of their daily lives serving as beasts of burden carrying forty plus pounds of contaminated, disease-ridden dirty water back to their families. A well allows the girls to attend school, the women to act as mothers and to use their efforts to begin small manufacturing activities to raise the financial viability of the community, and the entire environment improves. Within a short period of time we furnish the donors with the GPS coordinates of the village/school served by "their" well, a profile of the community, and a series of photographs showing the people thanking them for their generosity, 

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $2,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,900,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $952,604 $758,540 $423,965
Total Expenses $693,213 $727,332 $319,978

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$820,867 $382,095 $242,593
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue -- -- $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $88 -- $0
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $131,149 $376,445 $181,372
Revenue In-Kind $500 -- $0
Other -- -- $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $508,080 $512,171 $180,000
Administration Expense $107,566 $91,037 $55,388
Fundraising Expense $77,567 $124,124 $84,590
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.37 1.04 1.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 70% 56%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 16% 20%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $529,901 $274,476 $127,700
Current Assets $500,130 $244,705 $127,700
Long-Term Liabilities $14,700 -- $0
Current Liabilities $5,988 $24,654 $0
Total Net Assets $509,213 $249,822 $127,700

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 83.52 9.93 inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 3% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose To build a Uganda Training Center that will function as a multi-use facility for driller training, WASH training, community gatherings, housing for donor & mission trips, and as the hub for our drilling activities in Uganda.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

Bishop Van Letter (2016)

Father Max and Kids Letters (2015)

No Other Documents currently available.