News & Press

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

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Water.org hits milestone, helping 10 million in India access safe water, sanitation

May 7, 2019

Water.org announces 10 million more people in India can now turn on a tap or use a toilet in their homes due to the access to small, affordable loans made possible through a solution known as WaterCredit, helping to narrow the gap in universal water and sanitation.

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Wharton School podcast - Gary White on Tackling the Global Water Crisis

April 26, 2019

CEO and Co-Founder Gary White speaks on the Dollars and Change podcast to discuss the global water crisis and why we focus on breaking down financial barriers so that millions of people around the world can have access to safe water and sanitation.

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Penta - Matt Damon is on a Mission to End the Global Water Crisis

March 25, 2019

Co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White share the beginnings of WaterEquity, the first-ever impact-investment manager exclusively focused on ending the global water crisis.

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The Pew Charitable Trusts - Water.Org’s Gary White and Matt Damon: Bringing Water to Those in Need

March 13, 2019

Interview with Co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon on how Water.org is bringing safe water and sanitation to the developing world.

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Impakter - Small Loans for Safe Water: Unleashing Women’s Power

March 19, 2019

"It’s a hand up, not a hand out, and as such it is immensely empowering.” Water.org President, Jennifer Schorsch, on how Water.org is helping empower millions of women and their families with access to safe water and sanitation.

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The Daily Show - Transforming Lives with Water.org and WaterEquity

March 21, 2018

Matt Damon and Gary White talk with Trevor Noah about their successful efforts to help millions of people in developing countries gain access to safe water.

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Nobel Week Dialogue - Water Matters

Dec. 19, 2018

“What we’ve done is allow more than 16 million people to become their own activists and get access to water and sanitation through small loans.” Hear from our co-founder and CEO Gary White at this year's Nobel Week Dialogue discussion - Water Matters.

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The Atlantic Water Summit - Ensuring Safe Water for All

Dec. 4, 2018

Gary White, CEO and Co-founder, discusses efforts to provide safe water worldwide at The Atlantic Water Summit in New York.

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Women's Forum Global Meeting - Investing to meet the SDGs

Dec. 4, 2018

"The mindset needs to be changed from the people living in poverty as a problem for us to solve. Rather, see them as a market to be served." Gary White, CEO and Co-founder, speaks on a panel at the Women's Forum Global Meeting.

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Ethiopia Herald - Accelerating access to safe water through affordable financing

Nov. 21, 2018

Read how Water.org is working with local partners in Ethiopia to break down financial barriers to help more people get access to safe water and sanitation and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.

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Harvard Business School Alumni - A market-based approach to solving the world's water crisis

Nov. 21, 2018

Jennifer Tisdel Schorsch, president of Water.org, discusses the way the organization approaches financing solutions to the global water crisis.

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CEO Magazine - The power of purpose

Nov. 15, 2018

From Matt Damon to Mark Zuckerberg, celebrities and tycoons are using their platforms for positive action.

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Winrock's SWP & Water.org Partner For Water Security & Access In Cambodia

Nov. 8, 2018

Water.org and the USAID Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP), implemented by Winrock International, will mobilize $4M in microloans to improve water access, sanitation and hygiene for 37,000 people in Cambodia.

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Water.org and Bank of America Expand Partnership to Bring Safe Water to India and Brazil

Nov. 2, 2018

Water.org received a $3 million grant over three years from Bank of America to empower more than 250,000 people in southern India and Brazil with safe water and sanitation, accelerating positive change in their homes and communities.

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Harpic Launches Its 'More than a toilet' Campaign to Support Water.org

Oct. 24, 2018

Harpic has launched its ‘More than a toilet’ campaign to support Water.org in its effort to end the water and sanitation crisis around the world. They will be raising awareness and funds in time for World Toilet Day on November 19th.

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Skoll Foundation - How to Spend a Billion Bucks? The Global Water Crisis

Oct. 5, 2018

How would you spend a billion dollars? Gary White knows what he will do. The Water.org CEO and co-founder says his organization has reached the $1 billion milestone in its efforts to help people access clean water and sanitation.

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Water.org Announces $1 Billion in Capital Mobilized for Water and Sanitation Solutions for Families in Poverty

Sept. 24, 2018

Water.org and its partners reached a critical milestone this month: mobilizing $1 billion in capital for small loans that have empowered 14 million people living in poverty to obtain safe water and sanitation

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Banco da Família meets annual credit goal for basic sanitation in just eight months

Sept. 17, 2018

In partnership with Water.org, Banco da Família financed R $1.9 million for families to build or renovate their bathrooms.

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