About Us

charity: water is a non-profit organisation 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.

79,136

Water projects funded

13,203,945

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 organisation.

Hannah Bellamy

Managing Director

Christoph Gorder

Chief Global Water Officer

Ije Nwokorie

Chair

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 Ije 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

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. Al also leads a vibrant church in the heart of East London as the recently appointed Rector of Hackney.

Eniola Aluko

Eniola Aluko is a British-Nigerian football executive and the director of women’s football at Aston Villa. As a former professional player, Eniola 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

Treasurer

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.

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

Sam Lawson Johnston

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. Sam 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

Scott Harrison founded charity: water in 2006 and continues to lead the organisation today. Scott has been recognised 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

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, Valerie 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, Chris was general counsel to a variety of international businesses, an associate at two international law firms, and a lawyer for the US government. Chris also clerked for Judge Hugh Bownes of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Opportunities

Change the world with us

Check back later? We’re not hiring at this time, but we’ll update you here when we are.