About Us

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries

Together, we can end the water crisis

Since charity: water was founded in 2006, we’ve been chasing one ambitious goal: ending the global water crisis. And while the water crisis is huge, we’re optimistic. We know how to solve the problem, and we make progress every day thanks to the help of local partners and generous supporters. If we work together, we believe everyone will have access to life’s most basic need within our lifetime.

78,350

Water projects funded

13,086,400

People will be served

29

Countries

You have our word—and more

We want you to know exactly how and where your donation is being used. So from the beginning, we’ve kept a few promises.

Leading the team

Facing a problem as big as the water crisis requires an incredible team. We’re grateful to have some of the most innovative and committed leaders guiding our organization.

Our Founder

Scott Harrison

After a decade of indulging his darkest vices as a nightclub promoter, Scott declared spiritual, moral, and emotional bankruptcy. He spent two years on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, saw the effects of dirty water firsthand, and came back to New York City on a mission.

Hear Scott’s Story

Aditi Deeg

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Ben Greene

Chief Development Officer

Christoph Gorder

Chief Global Water Officer

MZ Goodman

Chief Revenue Officer

Michael Wilkerson

Chair

Michael Wilkerson is the executive vice chairman of Helios Fairfax Partners, the world’s largest Africa-focused investment firm. Prior to its merger with Helios Investment Partners, Wilkerson was chief executive officer of Toronto-Stock-Exchange-listed Fairfax Africa Holdings Corp. Wilkerson is also the author of “Stormwall: Observations on America in Peril” and a contributing author to leading publications and media outlets. Wilkerson is also a contributing author to leading publications and media outlets, providing commentary and analysis on economics, finance, history, and politics.

Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts DBE was most recently senior vice president of Apple Retail where she redesigned Apple’s physical and digital businesses to create a seamless customer journey for over a billion visitors a year and 70,000 global employees. Prior to Apple, as the CEO of Burberry, she transformed and tripled the company’s value. Her leadership was pivotal at Liz Claiborne where they acquired and integrated 22 brands, and prior, as president of Donna Karan International. Ahrendts also serves as chair of the board for Save the Children Int’l and is on the boards of Airbnb, Ralph Lauren, and WPP.

Brant Cryder

Brant Cryder is the president and CEO of Saint Laurent Americas. Before rejoining the Kering Group, he spent 12 years at the Prada Group. Cryder and his wife, Mary, have been married for over 20 years, and together, they have an adventurous family of four children. Cryder also has a passion for music and cultural transformation, and he continues to speak and DJ events globally. From the beginning, Cryder has been a proud champion of Scott Harrison and charity: water.

Brook Hazelton

Brook Hazelton is the president and co-CEO of Digital Reasoning, an artificial intelligence company. Previously, he served as the president for North and South America of the world's leading art company, Christie’s. Hazelton began his career in finance while working internationally with Goldman Sachs and The Carlyle Group, and he remains a private investor and co-founder of St. James Partners, an investment business.

Chi-Hua Chien

Chi-Hua Chien is the co-founder and managing partner of Goodwater Capital, a consumer-tech venture capital firm. Over the course of his career as a venture investor, Chien has funded and worked closely with a number of iconic consumer internet companies including Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Chegg, Monzo, musically/TikTok, Stash, TIER, and Weee! Prior to launching Goodwater in 2014, Chien was a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Chidi Achara

Chidi Achara is the chief creative officer at Stash, a digital platform that makes investing easy and affordable for millions of everyday Americans. At Stash, he oversees branding, advertising, design, and PR/communications. Achara is also focused on fostering diversity, inclusion, and social justice inside and outside of the company, and his corporate work has been recognized by Ebony, Black Enterprise, and Profile magazines.

Ije Nwokorie

Ije Nwokorie is a senior director at Apple and enjoys balancing technology, creativity, and leadership—subjects he writes and tells stories about regularly. He previously spent 11 years as the CEO of the creative consultancy Wolff Olins and oversaw offices in London, New York, and San Francisco. While Nwokorie was born in America and now lives in London, he spent his early years in rural Nigeria, which he credits for forging his creative outlook and affinity for wonder.

Ryan Graves

Ryan Graves is the CEO of Saltwater, a private technology holding company. He previously served as the senior vice president of global operations at Uber and was the first employee of the company. He grew the business from 1 to 17,000 employees and into 600+ cities by leading operations, strategy, global expansion, and people operations.

Scott Harrison

Founder

Scott Harrison founded charity: water in 2006 and continues to lead the organization today. Harrison has been recognized on Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, on the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list, and in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He is also the New York Times Bestselling author of “Thirst,” a memoir documenting his journey from nightclub promoter to charity: water founder.

Shannon Sedgwick Davis

Shannon Sedgwick Davis is the CEO of the Bridgeway Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Bridgeway Capital Management, Inc. As an attorney, Davis is a passionate advocate for social justice and international human rights. She is also a well-known strategist engaged in promoting peace and ending human atrocities across our globe.

Valerie Donati

Valerie Donati founded Brand Building Communications in January 2007 in New York City. In addition to pioneering an award-winning digital word-of-mouth marketing practice, Donati created a community-based online lifestyle news platform, 24/Savvy, in 2010. She also created the volunteer tracking app Zoe Blueprint in 2020.

Chris Barton

Secretary

Chris Barton, charity: water’s general counsel, is secretary of the board of directors and secretary of the board of charity: water’s UK entity. Prior to charity: water, Barton was general counsel to a variety of international businesses, an associate at two international law firms, and a lawyer for the US government. Barton also clerked for Judge Hugh Bownes of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Ije Nwokorie

Chair of the International Board

Ije Nwokorie is a senior director at Apple and enjoys balancing technology, creativity, and leadership—subjects he writes and tells stories about regularly. He previously spent 11 years as the CEO of the creative consultancy Wolff Olins and oversaw offices in London, New York, and San Francisco. While Nwokorie was born in America and now lives in London, he spent his early years in rural Nigeria, which he credits for forging his creative outlook and affinity for wonder.

Al Gordon

International Board Member

Al Gordon began his career in the film industry before joining the staff of a church in London. He went on to co-found Worship Central and is now a trustee of Alpha International. In 2016, Gordon was appointed as the Rector of Hackney with a vision to bring hope to the people of East London. Today, Hackney Church meets across five church locations and has a regular attendance of over 1,000 people.

Eniola Aluko

International Board Member

Eniola Aluko is a British-Nigerian football executive and the director of women’s football at Aston Villa. As a former professional player, Aluko played for England 102 times and continues to act as a pundit and commentator. She is passionate about the wellbeing, self-image, confidence, and equality of women and girls around the world and has delivered multiple keynote speeches on the topic.

Luke Beauchamp

International Board Member

At APRCO, a global production consultancy, Luke Beauchamp serves as the managing director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His team supports brands by developing marketing strategies and creating assets for all channels.

Dr. Mara Klemich, Ph.D.

International Board Member

Dr. Mara Klemich is co-founder of Heartstyles, and co-creator of the Heartstyles Indicator—a personal development and organizational culture development tool. She has over 30 years of experience as a consulting psychologist and neuropsychologist. In addition, Dr. Klemich works as an organizational psychologist in personal, leadership, and culture development consulting.

Sam Lawson Johnston

International Board Member

Sam Lawson Johnston co-founded the commercial real estate investment company, Kinrise. Kinrise’s vision is to renew UK cities by restoring iconic buildings and creating workspaces that inspire and enable culture, community, and company growth. Lawson Johnston is also the co-founder and non-executive director of luxury eyewear brand Finlay London and is a trustee of Hackney Church, London.

Scott Harrison

International Board Member

Scott Harrison founded charity: water in 2006 and continues to lead the organization today. Harrison has been recognized on Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, on the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list, and in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He is also the New York Times Bestselling author of “Thirst,” a memoir documenting his journey from nightclub promoter to charity: water founder.

Valerie Donati

International Board Member

Valerie Donati founded Brand Building Communications in January 2007 in New York City. In addition to pioneering an award-winning digital word-of-mouth marketing practice, Donati created a community-based online lifestyle news platform, 24/Savvy, in 2010. She also created the volunteer tracking app Zoe Blueprint in 2020.

Chris Barton

International Board Secretary

Chris Barton, charity: water’s general counsel, is secretary of the board of directors and secretary of the board of charity: water’s UK entity. Prior to charity: water, Barton was general counsel to a variety of international businesses, an associate at two international law firms, and a lawyer for the US government. Barton also clerked for Judge Hugh Bownes of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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