Water Quality Research Foundation Capital Campaign association fundraising

Water Quality Research Foundation

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is a not-for-profit association for the residential commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA represents more than 2,700 member companies around the globe. The Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF), formerly the Water Quality Research Council (WQRC), was formed in 1949 to serve on behalf of WQA as a universally recognized, independent research organization.

In April 2014, following a successful feasibility study, WQRF partnered with ADS to manage a comprehensive, multi-year capital campaign to fund research, entitled: Investing in Your Future. Over the course of the next 16 months, WQRF experienced unprecedented member and corporate support, inevitably exceeding its $2,500,000 fundraising goal by nearly 15%. Upon successfully completing the active fundraising phase of the Campaign, ADS worked with WQA and WQRF staff to provide transition services, preparing the Foundation to build on the momentum generated by the Campaign and effectively manage its development program internally.

Client: $2.5 Million Capital Campaign

Project: Design and implementation of a comprehensive, multi-year capital campaign to fund research


  • Secured unprecedented levels of support, including multiple six-figure commitments
  • Exceeded the Campaign fundraising goal by nearly 15%
  • Established formal processes to foster greater collaboration with industry