30th Anniversary Speaker Series
Scott Harrison, Founder & CEO, charity: water
March 8, 2018
St. Luke's United Methodist Church
100 W. 86th Street
How effective is our charitable giving? Is it efficient? Does it even make a difference anymore? The key to charitable giving today is connecting people to their passions. The days of passive giving are gone – donors want to know where their money is going and how it is used. Younger philanthropists, in particular, want a personal connection with the charities they support. In light of these changes, it’s important to ask: what is the future of faith, charity and philanthropy?
Scott Harrison, Founder and CEO of charity: water, will help us explore the 21st century face of charity. Scott will share his unique story of rediscovering his lost faith that brought him face-to-face with the global water crisis. He leveraged technology and innovation to reinvent charity and build America’s largest private funder of international water programming, and along the way, transformed the traditional form of charity.
About Scott Harrison
Scott founded the nonprofit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 663 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue. In 10 years, with the help of more than one million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $250 million and funded over 23,000 water projects in 24 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 7.1 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 No. 10 in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.