Scott Harrison
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  • "He runs charity:water like a great startup. He understands virality and evangelism better than most folks in the industry. He's disrupted the whole charity model."
    -Daniel Ek, Spotify founder

  • "Scott is disrupting charity by rethinking the foundation of it. And by applying it to foundational issues which solve many problems, not just one. He realizes that to truly change something, you must change yourself, and in this case, the organization you're building. charity:water is not just innovating how to track its effect around the world, but how charities should be run."
    -Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square

Scott Harrison

FOUNDER & CEO OF charity: water; WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

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. "I saw people drinking dirty water from ponds, rivers and swamps – simply born into communities without access. It shocked and angered me, and I began learning more about the world's 800 million people living without access to clean water." 

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 huge population without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue.

In eight years, with the help of more than 500,000 donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $150 million and funded over 13,000 water projects in 24 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 4.4 million people with clean, safe drinking water. 

Scott was recently recognized in Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 list, the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list and was recently #10 in Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Scott lives in New York City with his wife Viktoria and son Jackson.


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