In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Daniel Im are joined by Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of Charity Water and author of Thirst. During their conversation, they discuss the following questions:
- How has Charity Water grown and what obstacles have you faced?
- What would you say to individuals or organizations that are fundraising about recurring donations?
- What are the growing pains of moving from a start up to an established organization?
- What does the leadership pipeline line look like with in your organization and also externally?
- What does the second half of your life look like?
“We have no idea what it would be like to walk 5 hours in the hot sun carrying 40 pounds of dirty water.”
“Water means health, improved education, improved local economies.”
“Only .007 percent of all the water in the planet is usable for us.”
“We went from giving a million human beings clean water in our 8th year to 800,000 human beings in our 9th year.”
“Our numbers are not revenue for shareholders. Our numbers are human lives.”
“Instead of whining about the down year, why not try to fix it?”
“Organizations hit points where what got you here, will not get you there.”
“Fundraising only gets harder.”
“If you give monthly, one thing we can give back is stories of impact.”
“I asked myself what would a 180 degree different life look like and it led me to this life of service.”
“I made the decision that we would go bust before compromising a shred of our integrity.”
“We are actively trying to develop leaders internally.”
“We’ve had interns rise to directors here with extraordinary amounts of responsibility.”
“If you tell the truth in the small things, you tell the truth in the big things.”
“I’d like to personally be involved in getting 100 million people clean water.”