We hope to inspire people to think globally and live generously.
Generosity.org is a 501c3 humanitarian organization ending the clean water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time.
Founder and CEO
Philip Wagner is Founder and Lead Pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles and founder of Generosity.org. Philip and his wife, Holly lead this innovative and racially diverse church, with a large percentage of attenders in their 20’s & 30’s. Oasis Church is known for its local and global outreach to the impoverished; especially orphans and widows, and funding clean water projects. Philip also has made an impact on issues of social justice right here in Los Angeles. With the help of incredible supporters, Generosity.org has funded over 755 water projects, serving 450,000 people in 20 different countries. Philip now continues as founder and CEO and strongly believes that generosity is the fuel for engaging the human spirit.
A born and bred Oklahoman, Elyse graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oklahoma State University (go Pokes!). After working as a non-profit tour roadie, coordinating red carpets in entertainment, and working as Director of Marketing & Advertising for an international franchise, we’re excited to have her on the team leading our grassroots campaigns and marketing. Elyse has a serious work ethic but we love her most for her charm, joy and constant optimism (we still haven’t found anything Elyse doesn’t like!). If she’s not cranking away with us in the office, you’ll be sure to find her riding horses before the sun comes up, near the pacific soaking in the salty air or blasting some southern soul down the PCH.
Hailing from the east coast, Amy grew up traveling alongside her family. After spending a significant amount of time in developing world contexts, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in international development and eventually moved west to attend Azusa Pacific University, graduating with her degree in Global Studies. Following university, Amy spent time doing advocacy work helping to coordinate our campaigns as an intern right here at Generosity.org before being hired on to help liaison with our programs, donor communication, and other various operations related tasks. When she's not in the office, you can find her reading The New York Times or taking photos for her Instagram.
One sunny day in 2007 Philip Wagner was buying a cappuccino at Starbucks and noticed a headline in the newspaper that 1.1 billion people did not have access to clean drinking water. This crisis caused the death of millions and caused the rampant spread of disease and poverty.
It was at this time that Philip began to dream about bringing clean water to people in Africa and other places around the world. He began to rally others to the cause, establish an organization and empower a generation to provide clean water to as many people as possible.
For the last 10 years, with the more of the world's attention and involvement in the clean water crisis and the generosity of so many people, the UN's estimate of 1.1 billion has decreased to 663 million. But, there is still so much work to be done - and millions of people who desperately need clean water.
Clean water affects every aspect of life, from health, education, quality of life and the ability to break out of the cycle of poverty. Having access to a clean water source is instrumental in building the foundation of a successful and thriving community and essential to each person's ability to dream, to work and flourish in life.
Since its foundation, Generosity.org has worked to meet clean water needs in developing countries around the world, with the mission to end the clean water crisis, one community at a time.
Now, ten years later, with the help of his son Jordan Wagner, his long time friend, Justin Beckett, the incredible supporters and implementing partners, Generosity.org has funded more than 775 water projects, serving 450,000 people in 20 different countries.
In 2017, Generosity will focus its efforts primarily in Haiti, Uganda and countries in Central and South America, rallying people to join the mission to end the clean water crisis and experience the spirit of generosity.
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Board of Directors
Currently the Founder and CEO of Affinity TV 247 Inc., Justin Beckett has more than 20 years of diverse entrepreneurial management experience. A former Executive Vice President of financial services firm Sloan Financial Group, Beckett was the Founder and CEO of Music Gaming Inc, which he led from its inception in 2000 until the company’s sale to MySpace/Intermix in 2001. Justin also founded the Internet-based music services company Fluid Music Inc.(now Mood Media) and the leading casual gaming company SkillJam Technologies. Justin’s for-profit board memberships include: Mood Media Inc, Aptilon, Midas Medici Holdings, GNO Healthcare Services, and Loyalty Play Holdings Inc. His other not-for-profit board memberships include: Oasis Church, Imani & Baraka Foundation, and The Tighe Scholarship Fund. Justin served Generosity Water in an advisory capacity at its inception, joined its board in October 2008 and in January 2012 was elected chairman.
“Having lived and traveled throughout Africa, I have a first-hand appreciation for the value and crucial impact of access to clean water. I knew that I wanted to be associated with Generosity.org from its inception. I appreciate that the project facilitates tangible and incremental solutions to a massive problem by accommodating donors at every level, whether it’s a large corporation looking to make a statement, or a single individual who decides to forgo their weekly latte in order to help provide clean water.” – Justin Beckett
Philip Wagner is the Founding and Lead Pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles. Oasis is an innovative and racially diverse church, largely comprised of people in their 20s and 30s. Oasis is known for its local and global outreach to the impoverished; especially orphans and widows, and funding clean water projects. Philip and his wife, Holly, started Oasis in 1984, in Beverly Hills with 10 people. Today they’ve grown to 3000+ members.
Philip has spoken in churches and seminars around the world. He is an author and blogger inspiring people to discover and reach God’s purpose for their life. He and his wife Holly are passionate about helping people develop loving and strong marriages and speak on relationships internationally. He and Holly live in Los Angeles, CA and have been married for 30 years. They also have two grown children, Jordan and Paris.
Quddus brings out the best in people, from interviewing stars as a TV host to developing them as a media coach. He burst into the international spotlight as a host on MTV’s hit show “Total Request Live”. His reputation as a tastemaker led to consulting artists at Interscope Records and even directing music videos. Quddus also broke ground in new media, hosting record breaking live-streams like the inaugural Global Citizen Festival, the world premiere of “Avatar” and the Grammy Awards red carpet.
Known for connecting with any audience, Chris Rock once said, “If Oprah and Ryan Seacrest had a love child, the kid would end up being like Quddus.” His joyful personality lit up a wide range of networks including NBC, ABC and CBS, even inspiring The Associated Press to call him “the coolest guy on television.” Quddus’ passion for coaching others to be their best selves on camera started with the launch of MTV in his home country of Canada when he trained their new hosts who went on to have award winning careers.
Inspired to empower everyone committed to leveling up their positive impact, Quddus recently launched the innovative media training, Camera Ready.
Sasha Leahovcenco is a humanitarian photographer and entrepreneur. Born in the Moldova, one of Europe’s poorest known countries, Sasha grew up excelling in the world of sports. After graduation, Sasha moved to the United States to pursue his bachelors degree from Fresno Pacific University and it was here that he first picked up a camera as the universities sports photographer. Eventually, photography would bring Sasha more opportunities than he could have ever imagined as he took on more and more projects for different nonprofit organizations. Sasha is most notably known for his work covering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and the Syrian and Lebanese refugee crisis. He continues to pursue his passion in photography and has most recently entered into the world of commercial photography, where he has had the opportunity to photograph various pro athletes and musicians. Sasha currently resides in Los Angeles,CA where he and his brother in law run a creative branding agency called FloAgency.