Dan Morrison is the founder and CEO of Citizen Effect (www.CitizenEffect.org). Citizen Effect empowers anyone to be a Citizen Philanthropist and be the change they want to see in the world. In 2006, Morrison was an independent consultant working in Middle East policy and economic development issues, but then he was invited to India by the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA). There, he toured the rural villages of Gujarat, and he spoke with the women about their struggle for survival. Women from one community were walking four hours a day for water. So Morrison went home, brought his friends and family together, and raised $5,000 for SEWA to build a well in the Gujarati village. The village now has accessible, clean water, and the women have started small businesses. Since then, Morrison and Citizen Effect have built an innovative fundraising platform that empowers students, young professionals, retirees, and all types of citizens to partner directly with communities to build life changing projects.
Prior to Citizen Effect, Morrison was a innovation and brand strategy consultant with Prophet and Kucamarski & Associates, working with brands in the United States, Europe, and Tokyo. Morrison holds a masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago and is an honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame.