E153: How I Raised $700 Million: Charity: Water Founder

E153: How I Raised $700 Million: Charity: Water Founder

By Steven Bartlett

The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

Monday, 20 June

Scott Harrison is the founder and CEO of Charity: Water, one of the most innovative non-profit organisations in the world. Bringing the Netflix model to the charity sector, Scott has built a positive community around trying to bring drinking water to the 700 million people who don’t have access to it.

For this episode, we’ve partnered with Charity: Water to ensure that all of the proceeds we receive from it will go towards providing drinking water to the people who need it the most.

The story of how Scott came to lead a global movement in water provision is unlike any other. A former nightclub promoter and owner, he was a user of every type of drug under the sun before he cleaned up his act and started again. Because when he asked himself what was most important, it wasn’t his own pleasure, but helping other people.


Early Years Attention seeking & becoming a nightclub promoter Being deprived of fun led me into drugs and alcohol abuse Death threads & finding my purpose Leaving my life and vice behind Humanitarian work in Africa and its impact on me How did it feel helping people & starting your own charity? Promoting clean water for the whole world What struggles did the charity face? Work-life balance The importance of giving and service Our last guest's question

To help Scott in his mission, we are donating 100% of the advertising revenue from this episode to help people access clean water. If you’d like to donate also, click here: 



https://www.instagram.com/scottharrison/ https://twitter.com/scottharrison/ 

Scott’s book: 


Charity: Water:


Mentioned books: 

The Pursuit of God - Tozer, A. W 


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