Scott Harrison (charity founder)

Scott Harrison (born September 7, 1975)[1] is the founder and current CEO of the non-profit charity: water.[2] Harrison is the author of Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World.[3]

Scott Harrison
Scott Harrison 2010.jpg
Harrison speaking in 2010.
Born (1975-09-07) September 7, 1975 (age 44)
EducationNew York University
Known forcharity: water
Spouse(s)Viktoria Harrison (née Alexeeva)

Early life and careerEdit

Scott Harrison was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.[4] Harrison began working as a nightclub and party promoter in Manhattan.[2] He spent the next 10 years organizing parties for the likes of MTV, VH1, Bacardi and Elle.[5] In August 2004, after a shooting at a nightclub he promoted in Paraguay, Harrison quit his job and volunteered as a photojournalist for the Christian charity Mercy Ships, which operates a fleet of hospital ships offering free healthcare, being inspired by his father’s gift of A.W. Tozer’s book, “The Pursuit of God”.[6] He served aboard the Anastasis in West Africa, taking over 60,000 photos in 13 months.[7]

charity: waterEdit

During his two years with Mercy Ships, Harrison was exposed to the conditions of the impoverished in Liberia. As a response, Harrison founded charity: water in 2006. The charity is a non profit organization that works to bring clean water to people in developing nations through its use of public donations, which directly fund water projects such as building wells and sanitation facilities.[8][9]


  • Harrison, Scott; Sweetingham, Lisa (2018). Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World. Currency. ISBN 9781524762841. OCLC 1052621664.

Guest appearancesEdit

Harrison was interviewed[10] by Reid Hoffman on the Masters of Scale podcast, where he told the story of Charity:Water and how he used the art of storytelling to build the brand.


  1. ^ Harrison, Scott (2013). "Scott's 38th Birthday for India". charity: water. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Kristof, Nicholas (July 11, 2009). "Clean, Sexy Water". The New York Times. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "This reformed 'club rat' has raised millions for clean water projects". CNN. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  4. ^ Burstein, David D. (May 18, 2015). "A Changed Generation: Scott Harrison | charity: water". Fast Company. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Root, Jessica (August 13, 2009). "Meet Scott Harrison, Founder of charity: water". Planet Green. Discovery Communications. Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Bond, Mindy (August 31, 2005). "Scott Harrison, Photojournalist". Gothamist. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
  7. ^ Scott Harrison's Mercy Blog, Posted December 1, 2005. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
  8. ^ Friedman, Zack. "This Former Club Promoter Is Now Working To Solve The Global Water Crisis". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  9. ^ Gelles, David (2019-04-11). "A Charity Accepts Uber Stock as Donations. Then Uses It to Pay Staff Bonuses. Is That O.K.?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  10. ^ "Masters of Scale — hosted by Reid Hoffman". WaitWhat. Retrieved 2019-01-09.

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