News, Press & Perspectives

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

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Discovery Plus - Matt Damon on Global Water and Climate Crisis

June 28, 2021

Watch this segment of Action Planet, now streaming on discovery+: Matt Damon talks about access to safe water and how water is linked to the global climate crisis.

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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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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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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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Triple Pundit - International Day of the Girl, Pandemic Edition, Is All About the Necessities

Oct. 11, 2020

Hear from Vedika Bhandarkar, Water.org's Chief Global Impact Officer, on how market-driven strategies can help expand access to safe water, and open up opportunities to women.

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Creating an Enabling Environment will take more than changing the rules - we have to change minds!

Oct. 9, 2020

Water.org's Sector Strategy Manager, Lesley Pories, shares how we need to see change from both government Finance Ministers and the private finance sector to help solve the global water and sanitation crisis.

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Social Investor - Hollywood & Hometown Heroes

Oct. 6, 2020

How a united determination to overcome the water crisis brought Matt Damon and Gary White together to launch Water.org.

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Borgen Magazine - Water.org Keeps Vulnerable Communities Resilient Amid COVID-19

Oct. 1, 2020

People who now have access to safe water through Water.org’s efforts are more resilient to the global pandemic. Water.org continues its multi-layered efforts to empower more people living in poverty with access to safe water.

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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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Skoll - What to Do During a Pandemic in a World of Water Inequality

Aug. 25, 2020

"Because water and sanitation are the most essential of essential services, there was never any possibility of putting our mission on hold." Water.org's Rich Thorsten, on the global pandemic's effect on our work and how we're taking action.

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On COVID-19 and People Living in Poverty in India

Aug. 11, 2020

“The virality of this pandemic highlights the critical need for increased investment to accelerate access to safe water and sanitation for all.” By Water.org’s Manoj Gulati, Managing Director India, a read on the need for access to safe water and sanitation in impoverished communities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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RB partners with Water.org to improve access to safe, clean water in Kenya

July 31, 2020

RB is supporting Water.org to help change the lives of more than 68,000 Kenyans with access to safe water.

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How Water.org Adapted Their Social Media Content Strategy in Response to COVID-19

July 13, 2020

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way organizations execute their social media plans. A guest post on Nonprofit Tech for Good from Water.org's Senior Content Creator illuminates how we have adapted our social media strategy during the pandemic.

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Smart Water Magazine - Interview with Dr. Rich Thorsten, Chief Impact Officer

June 15, 2020

"Wherever we can empower people to solve their own water and sanitation problems, they can break the poverty cycle." Water.org's Chief Impact Officer, Rich Thorsten, shares about our work with financial institutions, water service providers and governments to empower people in poverty with access to safe water and sanitation.

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Grief, anger and equality

June 5, 2020

The past two weeks have brought deep sadness and grief, justified anger and demands that we in the United States, and around the globe, do better in building an equitable, just world. Read more from Jennifer Schorsch, President and Gary White, CEO and Co-founder.

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