Together, we can solve the clean water crisis in burundi.

and it all starts right here—with you.

Burundi needs us and we need you. Each fundraising event is an opportunity to connect our community in order to
transform the lives of another community in Burundi. The more united and involved we are, the more hope we can provide for people in dire need of our help.

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Run for the water: NOVEMBER 3, 2019

You Run, We Dig. Run for the Water 10-Miler, 5K and Kids K is one of Austin’s most popular road races.

Participants help provide better health to an impoverished community and participate in a scenic race at the same time.

Each registration in the 10-Miler or 5K, directly funds sustainable water systems in Burundi. Due to the unique nature of the Foundation’s structure and in-country partners, the cost to build water systems is lower than average. The Gazelle Foundation is a certified 501(c)3.

That means when you run you ensure one more person in Burundi access to clean drinking water for the rest of his or her life.

We are incredibly proud of our track record of success in Burundi. Working in a single, small country means its easy to track the long-term impact of a water system. You make this work possible. Thank you for being part of our mission.

NEW this year:

  • Team Competition

  • Merch: Hats & Burundi T’s

Learn more here.

Volunteer at Run For The Water

And see our blog for updates on water systems.


APRIL 30, 2020, 6-10pm

This annual evening celebrates and supports our mission to bring clean water to the people of Burundi. One village at a time. Each Spring For The Water is uniquely different and attended by a broad group of supporters who believe in our mission and work. 

Spring For The Water 2019 event fully funded two water systems in one evening, which will serve 4,300 people. Read about the event here. On April 30, we celebrated 25 years of gratitude for life and clean water with Gilbert Tuhabonye. DK, Mike and Kley Reynolds accepted the Peter Rauch World Changer Award. Photos from 2019 event are here. Read about the impact of Spring For the Water 2019 event.


On Going

Partnering with schools across Austin, the Gazelle Foundation helps middle school and high school students learn the importance of having access to clean water. Students create fundraising goals or compete with fellow classmates to raise money and build awareness for the Gazelle Foundation. The culmination of this experience is a “Walk for the Water” event where the students walk the distance traveled by most Burundians to fetch water from a nearby stream. Click here to learn about our partnership with the Academy of Global Studies at Austin High School. Schools that are not by a water source have used their creativity to raise awareness and funds, in other ways, such as LBJ/LASA and St. Theresa’s Catholic School. Have an idea? Let us know!

Not only is the Gazelle Foundation helping families and people in Burundi gain access to clean water, but they are instilling the importance of volunteering and helping others.
— Katherine Ownby, Austin High Class of 2020

Become a Legend in Burundi

Want to be known in Burundi as the person who helped bring clean water to the people? Here’s how: use your own creativity to start a fundraising campaign. Ask donors to sponsor you for every mile you walk, run, or bike; post a donation link on social media for your birthday; or collect money in a water jug similar to what Burundians carry for hours each day.

Whatever fundraising idea you choose, we’ll support you however we can. 


Our impact is greater when we work together and we are grateful for our sponsors and partners who believe in our mission.
We work closely with these champions for change to create a mutually beneficial program that helps build meaningful relationships, strengthens mission-aligned priorities and makes a positive impact locally and globally. 


Some of our partnership opportunities include: 

Event sponsorships

Corporate matching gift programs

Corporate or organization wellness programs

Percentage of Sale or Round-up programs

Gifts in Kind

Community outreach

Employee fundraising campaigns

Gifted or supported media campaigns


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