Time 100 Most Influential in the World

TIME named Matt Damon and Gary White, co-founders of Water.org, to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list, now in its eighth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

In recognition of the growing awareness of the water crisis, your support, and a lifetime devoted to helping others, we are excited to share that TIME has named Water.org co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Thank you for your dedication in helping us reach this milestone and in lending your support to put this life-changing work on the international stage. With your help, we can solve this crisis in our lifetime.

Watch a quick video of Matt & Gary in the field

Press Release

WATER.ORG’S MATT DAMON & GARY WHITE NAMED TO TIME MAGAZINE’S TIME 100

Time’s Annual List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

Kansas City, Missouri (April 21, 2011) – TIME named Matt Damon and Gary White, co-founders of Water.org, to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes appear in the May 2 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Friday, April 22, and now at http://time.com/time100.

The list, now in its eighth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. As TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel has said of the list in the past, “The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it’s not a list of the smartest people in the world, it’s a list of the most influential people in the world. They’re scientists, they’re thinkers, they’re philosophers, they’re leaders, they’re icons, they’re artists, they’re visionaries. People who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.”

“Water and sanitation are the most basic building blocks of human life and dignity. Without them, people will forever struggle to move forward with their lives” said Gary White. He continued, “Matt and I, along with our staff, partners, donors, and long-time supporters believe we can achieve universal access to safe water in our lifetime. We know there will never be enough charity to fully realize our vision so it requires us to continually look to new ideas and ways to reach more people more quickly – something we have been doing since our founding.”

Matt Damon and Gary White co-founded Water.org to address the global water crisis that affects over two billion people on the planet. For over twenty years Water.org has been working with local partners to bring universal access to clean water and sanitation to thousands of communities in need. Today more people on the planet have access to a mobile phone than a toilet while one in eight lack safe water. Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water related disease.

Follow @TIME for updates about the list on Twitter and at Facebook.com/TIME Hashtag is #TIME100. Follow @WATER for updates on the water crisis on Twitter and Facebook.com/WATER.

ABOUT WATER.ORG

Water.org is a non-profit organization that has transformed thousands of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation over the past twenty-one years. Founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org works with local partners to deliver innovative solutions for long-term success. Learn more and make a difference at http://water.org.

CONTACT: Mike McCamon, Water.org, mmccamon@water.org, +1.816.877.8420 or media@water.org.