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Scott  Harrison

Scott Harrison

Founder & CEO of charity: water, New York Times Bestselling Author

Scott Harrison

Founder & CEO of charity: water, New York Times Bestselling Author


Scott spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s (then) 1.1 billion people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue.

In 16 years, with the help of more than 1 million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised more than $750 million and funded over 137,000 water projects in 29 countries. When completed, those projects will provide 17.4 million people with clean, safe drinking water.

Scott has been recognized on Fortune magazine’s list of 40 Under 40, Forbes’ Impact 30, and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, where he earned the #10 spot. He is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book Thirst. Scott and his wife Viktoria have three children, Jackson, Emma, and Luke

Speaker Videos

Scott Harrison's Mission to Eradicate the Global Water Crisis

The Spring - The charity: water story

Speech Topics

Reinventing Charity

Charity: water believes in inspiring generosity. They focus on the positive, tell stories about opportunity and always emphasize the hope more than the need. They work with incredible local partners around the globe to implement the water projects they fund, and their Water Programs team spends about 30% of their time in the field managing projects, building relationships with local teams and reporting back results to donors. Every time a project is completed, charity: water proves it using photos and GPS coordinates on Google Maps.

Through the use of innovative technology, charity: water has also developed remote sensors to monitor the functionality of their water projects. With the help of local leaders and trained mechanics, charity: water is not only working to bring clean water to communities in need, but is making sure it keeps flowing at projects around the world for years to come. This is all made possible by a small group of private donors who pay charity: water’s operating costs, allowing 100% of donations made to clean water to fund water projects for people in need.