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 785 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue.
In 14 years, with the help of more than 1 million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $557 million and funded 78,350 water projects in 29 countries. When completed, those projects will provide more than 13 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 currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and author of the New York Times Bestselling book Thirst.
Scott and his wife Viktoria have two children, Jackson and Emma.
- Storytelling for Good
- Innovation by Design: New Rules for the Digital Age
When Scott Harrison started charity: water, his mission was to bring clean drinking water to every person on the planet living without it. In this riveting and inclusive presentation, Scott shares the innovations, strategies, and approaches to strategic partnerships that have made charity: water one of the most well known philanthropic organizations in the world.
- The Story of charity: water
Seven years ago Scott Harrison started charity: water with a mission to bring clean drinking water to every person on the planet living without it. Learn from Scott’s personal journey from New York City nightlife, to a hospital ship in Liberia, to building an organization that has currently funded over 13,000 water projects in 24 countries.