Voorhees, NJ - July 09, 2007
American Water, the largest water services provider in North America, today announced that Ellen Wolf, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed a seat on the Board of Directors of Water For People (WFP), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing safe drinking water to impoverished people in developing countries throughout the world. The decision came as a result of Wolf's extensive leadership efforts to support Water For People, a world leader in sustainable water solutions.
Since the inception of WFP in 1991, American Water has actively supported the organization, and together with employees has donated over $1 million over the span of its relationship.
During Wolf's tenure with American Water, she has led American Water's support of Water For People through numerous employee fundraising campaigns. "WFP is one of the most unique organizations I have ever been involved with," said Wolf. "Their mission - customizing water solutions to help impoverished communities help themselves - is the foundation of any successful sustainability program. Identifying local, easily manageable solutions is the best chance developing countries have for a prosperous future."
2007 marks the third consecutive year that American Water employees have held a coordinated fundraising effort across the 29 states in which the company operates to benefit Water For People. "I am pleased to report that each year our employee donations continue to increase," continued Wolf. Wolf reported the company's outstanding results of the 2007 employee fundraising campaign.
"Our 2007 campaign yielded more than $133,000 from employee donations. Together with the company match, American Water made a total donation of over $208,000, nearly doubling 2006 efforts."
In August, American Water will be one of the sponsors of the Sanctuary Golf Tournament in Colorado, Water For People's largest fundraising event. Last year's event raised over $260,000, and Wolf has high hopes of raising even more money in this year's tournament.
"Ellen's commitment to WFP has been unwavering," said Don Correll, President and CEO of American Water. "With over 6,000 children dying each day from easily preventable water related diseases, and 1.1 billion people worldwide living without access to safe drinking water, it is our company's mission and definitive responsibility to help preserve global water resources." Wolf will begin her term on the Board of Directors on July 1, 2007.
"Our relationship with American Water is fundamental to the continued success of our worldwide programs and the company continues to be one of our top sponsors," said Deborah Brink, Acting Executive Director of Water For People. "This year's donation will further help us reach communities in developing countries in need of safe drinking water, proper sanitation and hygiene education."
Wolf received a Bachelor's degree from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and children.
With headquarters in Voorhees, NJ, American Water employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide high-quality water, wastewater and other related services to about 17 million people in 29 states and Canada.