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Episode 33

Cubby Graham

Community Builder @charitywater

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Cubby Graham's passion is to help people help others. From a young age he was involved in various humanitarian efforts with his church and was deeply affected by the major issues caused by the lack of clean water in developing countries. He left a small town near Portland, Oregon to move to New York City, where he leads community for Charity: Water, an organization on a mission to deliver clean drinking water to everyone. He shares his insights on building community, empowering others to make a change, and how Charity: Water is able to create change at scale by innovating in the traditional "charity" space.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Cubby.
  • Learn more about Charity: Water and how they're transforming the charity industry.
  • Learn more about how Cubby approaches building community.

Episode Overview

Cubby Graham's passion is to help people help others. From a young age he was involved in various humanitarian efforts with his church and was deeply affected by the major issues caused by the lack of clean water in developing countries.

He left a small town near Portland, Oregon to move to New York City, where he leads community for Charity: Water, an organization on a mission to deliver clean drinking water to everyone. He shares his insights on building community, empowering others to make a change, and how Charity: Water is able to create change at scale by innovating in the traditional "charity" space.


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Cubby got involved in development missions and Charity: Water.
  • How his passion to empower people to help others drives his work and the community at Charity: Water.
  • How technology, social media, and a product mindset is enabling Charity: Water to transform the traditional "charity" model and create widespread change.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:37
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

7:35
You currently a community builder at Charity: Water. For those who don’t know, what is Charity: Water?

16:15
How does this approach contribute and reinforce the brand you guys are building? And how is it different from other more traditional approaches in this industry?

22:56
What’s the most successful type of campaign you guys have done? What role has community played into the success of that campaign?

28:54
Charity: Water also has a bunch of development projects - so far 13,644 have been completed or are currently being completed, delivering clean water to over 4,600,000 people. How do you help get people engaged in all these projects? Both here and on the ground?

32:40
What’s it like to work in the New York “tech/non-profit” scene?

35:25
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs - or anyone who wants to have an impact on the world? Any technologies or industries that really interest you?

39:07
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Cubby on Twitter
Cubby on the Web
Charity: Water on the Twitter
Charity: Water on the Web
Cubby's Beard Campaign
Cubby's Birthday Campaign
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

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