Couple donates $1 million grant to Water Missions International

Foster and Lynn Friess (Source:
Foster and Lynn Friess (Source:

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Local nonprofit, Water Missions International, has received a $1 million challenge grant, the largest single gift in the history of the organization.

In the spirit of Christmas, noted philanthropists Lynn and Foster Friess are challenging others to give to the organization before the end of year.

Inspired by a photo book of people served by Water Missions International, the Friesses committed the $1 million challenge grant in late November. In addition to the grant, the Friesses are printing and distributing 20,000 copies of the book nationwide.

"Water Missions International is doing incredible work across the globe and we wanted to do our part to support that effort. Safe water and sanitation are essential for peace and prosperity and the work of Water Missions International is making that a reality for millions of people," said Mr. Friess. "Lynn and I are proud to support such a tremendous organization."

Mr. Friess, a noted businessman and philanthropist, first became involved with Water Missions International in the aftermath of the South Asia tsunami in 2005. He has since participated in multiple programs surrounding Water Missions International, including personal trips to Haiti and Malawi.

"We couldn't think of a better way to kick off the Christmas season," noted George Greene, III, PE, PhD, co-founder of Water Missions International. "This gift is a blessing beyond belief and we know that thousands of lives will be transformed by safe water and sanitation as a result."

Water Missions International's facilities are located on Kinzer Street in North Charleston.