Eric Klein

Eric Klein

 New York City, New York, USA
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Eric Klein is the founder and CEO of CAN-DO (Compassion into Action Network-Direct Outcome Organization). His organization provides immediate, frontline relief for those whose lives are impacted by disaster and operates under the mantra of "100% accountability and zero red tape." The CAN-DO website enables people to actually see exactly how their donated money is being spent and track progress at every step.

Biography

Eric Klein is the founder and CEO of CAN-DO (Compassion into Action Network-Direct Outcome Organization). His organization provides immediate, frontline relief for those whose lives are impacted by disaster and operates under the mantra of "100% accountability and zero red tape." The CAN-DO website enables people to actually see exactly how their donated money is being spent and track progress at every step.

A 2004 car accident changed Klein’s life in an unexpected way. Instead of having surgery, he took his settlement money to Sri Lanka following the tsunami disaster. Klein spent four months living in Galle, Sri Lanka, where he led efforts to clear rubble, rebuild villages and put small businesses back in business.

Within weeks of returning home, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. Klein lived on the Gulf Coast for nearly a year, where he set up over 25 relief distribution centers throughout Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. He has applied this same work ethic to projects in places like Sudan, Rwanda, Haiti and Iowa, following the state’s crippling floods.
Klein has gained support from high-profile advocates, including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and CNN personalities Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta.

He is the 2008 recipient of the Global Compassion Award in a ceremony held at the United Nations. He holds a BA in Communication from Florida Atlantic University.