Matt Damon Wants You to Sit and Give

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 14, 2017 — The next time you send a text, remember this: More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet. And, let's face it: Those of us who have both, often use them at the same time.

World Toilet Day is Sunday, Nov. 19. By texting TOILETS to 50555 and making a $10 donation to, you can help give a toilet to someone in need.

Matt Damon wants you to sit and give. The next time nature calls, use your phone to do something good. Sit and give a $10 donation to by texting TOILETS to 50555. It’s time everyone everywhere has access to a toilet.

“Most of us don't know anyone who lives without a toilet. But the reality is 2.3 billion people spend hours every day searching for a safe place to go,” said Matt Damon, co-founder. “The next time nature calls, use your phone to do something good. Sit and give a $10 donation to by texting TOILETS to 50555. It's time everyone everywhere has access to a toilet.”

The stats detailing the need for improved sanitation are staggering:

  • 1 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related disease
  • 1 in 3 people worldwide lack access to a toilet
  • Women living without a toilet spend 266 million hours a day finding a place to go

“Time spent looking for a place to go translates to billions lost in economic opportunity,” said Jennifer Schorsch, president. “When families have access to sanitation, kids can spend more time in school, women have more time to earn an income, the health of communities improves and the cycle of poverty can end.” connects families to small, affordable loans so they can fund their own sanitation solutions. The loans have a 99 percent repayment rate. Each time a loan is repaid, funds are freed to help another family in need. This keeps the giving going.

For more than 25 years, has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the global water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, pioneers market-driven financial solutions to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation — giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, has positively transformed the lives of more than seven million people around the world. Learn more at and

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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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