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.


Run for the water: NOVEMBER 3, 2019

Inspired by our founder, Gilbert Tuhabonye, Run for the Water is our premiere fall running fundraiser in Austin, TX and across the country. For each registration in the 10-Miler, 5K, the Gazelle Foundation is able to provide one more person in Burundi with access to clean drinking water for the rest of their life. Repeatedly named “Austin’s Best Race,” R4TW draws thousands of runners and walkers each year. Register, donate or volunteer today to make a difference. Check out our blog for updates on water systems.


Spring for the water:
April 30, 2019

Tickets and Tables available now for Spring For The Water Dinner and Award ceremony. Please join us for our Spring For The Water annual fundraising event. As we celebrate 25 years of gratitude for life and clean water with Gilbert Tuhabonye. DK, Mike and Kley Reynolds will accept the Peter Rauch World Changer Award. Sponsorship opportunities are available. This wonderful 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. Photos from 2018 event are here.


March 1, 2019

Friday (3/1) Gilbert ran 25 Wilke hill repeats to honor his 25th anniversary, and to raise funds for Amplify Austin. Members of Gilbert’s Gazelles, Austin Distance Challenge, UT runners club, St. Andrews XC team and Youth Gazelles came to cheer and run. $10,285 was raised. Donations give the opportunity and hope Gilbert found in Texas to his birth country - Burundi. It’s an essential first step in breaking the cycle of poverty, halting the spread of waterborne illnesses, and promoting & supporting opportunity. If you've read his book, heard him speak, or met him, you know that Gilbert is a living inspiration! Thank you for your support and donations.

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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