About Us


RippleEffect was created in 2008 as a way for individuals to make a tangible difference in the lives of people in Africa through the work of Washington State University (WSU). Visitors to the Ripple Effect website can purchase items (such as a well or fish farm kits) that are used to improve the lives and livelihoods of people in Malawi by making a donation to support WSU’s work in the country through the WSU Foundation.


Washington State University

A top-tier research university as ranked by the Carnegie Foundation, Washington State University provides world-class education to a diverse student population of 23,500 statewide. Students are taught in a challenging, hands-on environment, enriched by cutting-edge research and graduate study. WSU’s historic main campus in Pullman is co-located with the WSU Spokane campus at Riverpoint. Regional campuses include WSU Tri-Cities and WSU Vancouver. Research and extension locations and learning centers are found statewide.

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Washington State University Foundation

The Mission of the Washington State University Foundation is to promote, accept, and maximize private support for programs, initiatives, and properties of Washington State University and its regional campuses. The WSU Foundation also prudently manages, invests, and stewards the assets entrusted to it by WSU and its alumni, friends, and donors.

Established in 1979, the WSU Foundation was created not as an object of philanthropy itself, but rather as the preferred mechanism through which private support is raised and managed for the sole benefit of Washington State University and its programs. The WSU Foundation is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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WSU’s International Research & Development Unit

WSU’s international work began in 1954 and over the years has managed technical assistance valued at over $150 million. WSU has established and maintains excellent capacity and infrastructure for management and support of development activities. Working as a key part of WSU’s International Programs office, staff at (IR&D) provide day-to-day support for project logistics, administrative, fiscal and technical needs.

IR&D personnel have over 145 cumulative years of experience in the support of donor-funded projects, and provide technical support for faculty and host-country scientists. IR&D is currently engaged in over a dozen international development projects — either as the lead institution or partner — in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America.

Learn more about WSU International Research and Development.

WSU’s Partner in Malawi, Total LandCare

Total LandCare (TLC) was founded in 2000 by WSU faculty member Trent Bunderson and Malawian agricultural scientist Zwide Jere, initially as a subsidiary of WSU. TLC is now an internationally known NGO registered and operating in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. TLC is dedicated to increasing the production and income levels of small-scale farmers through improved agricultural practices with sustained conservation and management of the natural resource base. WSU’s IR&D unit partners with TLC for work in sub-Saharan Africa.