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Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison

Founder and CEO of charity: water

Scott Harrison 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 organisation 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 13 years, with the help of more than 1 million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised $450 million and funded 51,400 water projects in 28 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 11 million people with clean, safe drinking water.

Scott has been recognised 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.

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The charity : water Story.

In 2004, Scott Harrison left his life as a nightclub promoter in New York City and signed up for volunteer service with a humanitarian organisation offering free medical care to the world’s poorest nations. Astonished by the conditions in his new surroundings, Harrison founded the non-profit organisation charity:water, which uses public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to fund over 22,000 water projects in 24 countries. In this visual keynote, Scott tells the full story of how he transformed himself from a nightclub promoter into a successful philanthropist, and how his innovative value-driven movement changed the non-profit world.

Disrupting Philanthropy

Scott Harrison believes that a combination of innovation, motivation, and radical transparency is key to inspiring generosity. He runs charity: water like a start-up by using story-telling and branding to make it one of the most-recognised nonprofits in the country, and technology to prove and monitor the success of their projects around the world. In this keynote, Scott shares the strategies that make charity:water successful, and how to overcome obstacles and challenges with creativity and innovation.

Publications

Scott Harrison

Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World

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Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £50K +

  • Europe:

    £50K +

  • US:

    £30k to £50k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £50K +

Travels From

  • United States

Languages

English

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