In 2004, a group of graduates from the Water Leaders Program established an alumni organization. The Water Leaders Association was created to provide for continued networking among graduates, fundraising efforts that directly support the program and to be available to future classes of Water Leaders as informal mentors. The Water Leaders Program proved beneficial as a one-year program, but this Association is a way to build upon and multiply the benefits found through participating.
Because of this Association, continued networking occurs among graduates of the Foundation’s Water Leaders classes, including at the Water Education Foundation’s annual Executive Briefing. At this event and the reception, graduates are able to connect with the current class of Water Leaders and to re-connect with old friends. The Association also hosts an annual Silent Auction to help raise funds for the program.
By having this alumni Association, a database of graduates of the program has been developed to facilitate interaction among former and current Water Leaders. The Association encourages each graduate of the program to use the secure form to provide the Foundation with up-to-date contact information.