News, Press & Perspectives

Find the latest news and press releases about our work in the water and sanitation sector below. 

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Yahoo Finance - Influencers with Andy Serwer: Matt Damon & Gary White

March 22, 2021

Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer sits down with Water.org co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White to discuss World Water Day and the ongoing global water crisis.

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The Washington Post - Climate Solutions: Preserving our water systems

March 23, 2021

Water.org co-founder Gary White shares universal access to water is “absolutely” possible in our lifetime. “If we think of this as a problem that we can tap the markets for, that's what is inherently scalable."

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Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall donates $4.7M to Water.org

Feb. 25, 2021

Jack Dorsey, Twitter and Square CEO, donated $4,720,000 to Water.org to change lives with safe water and sanitation as part of his #StartSmall initiative to fund COVID-19 relief.

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CNN Heroes 2020

Dec. 13, 2020

Water.org is featured on "CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute," highlighting eight organizations that are changing lives and making the world a better place.

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Bloomberg Green Festival
Bloomberg Green Festival 2020

Sept. 17, 2020

From Bloomberg Live a conversation with Jason Kelly and Water.org Co-founder and CEO Gary White and Water.org President Jennifer Schorsch on how with bold philanthropy and corporate commitment, we can solve global water issues and help bring safe water to all.

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TIME 100 Talks — "Water is PPE."
Time 100 Talks - 'Water Is PPE.'

May 21, 2020

Co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White explain why clean water is crucial to fighting coronavirus.

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Global Heroes - Breaking the Poverty Cycle

Dec. 1, 2020

Water.org co-founder Matt Damon talks about the power of water to change lives.

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SIWI Water Day - Vision of a zero-carbon, resilient future through water

Nov. 12, 2020

“The scale of the climate crisis is staggering, but you can’t let that be an excuse for not acting.” Water.org co-founder, Matt Damon, and Chief Global Impact Officer, Vedika Bhandarkar, each shared a message in the opening remarks of Water Day on November 12th, presented by SIWI.

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Milken Institute - To Solve the Water Crisis, We Must Rethink the Way We Invest

Nov. 11, 2020

Co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon share how WaterEquity has continued to expand and scale during COVID-19, empowering people with access to safe water and sanitation, while also providing attractive returns to investors.

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Lending for Water and Sanitation During COVID-19

Nov. 5, 2020

"We expect the increased awareness of how a lack of access to water and sanitation can not only be inconvenient, but life-threatening, to increase client demand for [water and sanitation] improvements." - Jessica Jacobson - Water.org's Senior Manager, Financial Institutions

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Hang out with Water.org co-founder, Matt Damon

Oct. 29, 2020

Want to have lunch with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck? Omaze is offering this opportunity to help support Water.org. You and a guest will be flown out to LA when it's safe to travel for an unforgettable meal with these two actors and friends. Enter to win by January 28, 2021.

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Hilton Effect Foundation Reveals 2020 Grants

Oct. 22, 2020

Water.org was named one of The Hilton Effect Foundation's 2020 Hilton Effect grantees, which included organizations playing a direct role in COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts.

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Pacific Institute - Financing Water Supply and Sanitation in a Changing Climate

Oct. 22, 2020

Smart investments in water supply and sanitation can benefit both the climate and those living in poverty, finds a new report from the Pacific Institute and Water.org. Read the announcement here.

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Ecolab Partners With Water.org to Improve Access to Clean, Safe, Sustainable Water

Oct. 21, 2020

On the sixth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, Ecolab announced a partnership with Water.org to help enable access to sustainable water and improved sanitation for 100,000 people in at-risk watersheds in India.

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Brave Blue World Documentary Film Available on Netflix on October 21

Oct. 21, 2020

Featuring Matt Damon, Gary White, Jaden Smith and other pioneers in the water sector, the Brave Blue World documentary paints an optimistic picture of how humanity is adopting new technologies and innovations to re-think how we manage water.

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Reckitt Benckiser Group Provides Sh70 Million In Fight Against Covid-19

Oct. 14, 2020

Reckitt Benckiser Group (RB) is providing 70 million Kenya shillings (about $650,000 USD) to Water.org which will enable affordable financing for water and sanitation solutions to about 10,000 households in Kenya.

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Social Investor - Making Waves

Oct. 13, 2020

President Jennifer Schorsch on how Water.org is making waves, and how the organization’s strategy and use of partnerships has evolved over the years.

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Social Investor - Gary White: On Water and Lessons from COVID-19

Oct. 13, 2020

"I have been working in the water industry for a long time, but I have never seen so much global attention being placed on the importance of water, sanitation, and hygiene as it has in the past few months. The pandemic has made clear that water is basic “PPE”."

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