Meet Matt Damon’s Water.org Co-Founder [Q&A]

10 Good Questions with Gary White, co-founder and CEO of Water.org.

Jun 8, 2015
White and Damon meeting members of small communities in India (Water.org)

White and Damon meeting members of small communities in India (Water.org) 

Water and sanitation is a huge issue in the developing world. Countless NGOs and charities are working towards solutions everyday, and leading the way is Water.org - pushing for new ideas and financing models to create lasting change. Founded by actor Matt Damon and Gary White, the organization’s ultimate aim is safe water and the dignity of a toilet - for everyone.
In this week’s 10 Good Questions, Water.org CEO Gary White talks to Goodnet about running the global nonprofit - from goals and inspiration to everyday tips.

1. What is your position?

Mostly in transit from one country to another! I am CEO and Co-founder of Water.org, a global nonprofit.

2. What is your organization’s mission?

To ensure everyone has access to safe water and sanitation by removing barriers and advocating for system change.

3. Who inspires you?

The people we strive to serve. Despite all that is stacked against them, they remain committed to improving their lives and the lives of their children by putting in place the basics like safe water and sanitation.

Gary White and Matt Damon visit water projects in India

Gary White and Matt Damon visit water projects in India (Water.org) 

4. What is the best part about your job?

Being a part of a dedicated team that stops at nothing in pursuit of solutions to the global water and sanitation crisis.


5. What is your go-to song these days?

U2’s Beautiful Day

6. Do you have a simple trick that can make someone else feel good instantly?

Actively listening to them. People know what they need and being heard seems to help people move out of the problem and toward the solution.

Water.org beneficiaries enjoying a new hand pump

Water.org beneficiaries enjoying a new hand pump (Water.org) 

7. Gym or yoga?

Marathon running!

8. What was your last Google search?

Cheapest roundtrip flight to India

9. Books or movies?

Books

10. What style of Good Doer are you?

Relentless until solved. 

Water.org co-founder and CEO Gary White with the school water committee in Mettupatti, India.

Water.org co-founder and CEO Gary White with the school water committee in Mettupatti, India.