Background: The Clinton Foundation (CF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, founded in 1997 by Bill Clinton. Its mission is to “Bring people together to take on the biggest challenges of the 21st century.”
- The American Institution of Philanthropy reports the foundation spends 89% of its money on its charitable mission and gives the Clinton Foundation an A Rating (ratings range from F to A+).
What does the foundation do, specifically?
CF has 11 charitable initiatives focused on problems as diverse illiteracy, poverty, health, and drug pricing.
- Clinton Health Access Initiative—CHAI convinced drug companies to lower drug prices for HIV/AIDS medications and other medications; consequently CF has provided cheaper meds to 11.5 million people in 70 countries. CHAI spun off into a separate but related organization in 2010.
- Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)—Students meet to develop solutions to global challenges. So far students have made 6,250 commitments to change and received $3 million from CF for their projects.
- Clinton Climate Initiative—CCI works, through a global coalition, to reduce urban carbon emissions. In the United States this effort is reducing greenhouse emissions by 35,000 tons a year.
- Clinton Development Initiative—Through CDI over 11.5 million people in more than 70 countries (including USA) have access to lower priced medications.
- Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative—CGSGI provides self-help avenues to alleviate poverty in underserved communities providing access to markets, jobs, and training.
- Clinton Health Matters Initiative—This program improves the health of Americans by increasing access to healthy food in food deserts, addressing preventable diseases, and striving to lower health care costs.
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation—This is a joint effort between the CF and the American Heart Association. Through this effort 31,000 American schools get healthier lunches to fight childhood obesity.
- No Ceilings Project—This joint project with The Gates Foundation improves the lives of women around the world through literacy, equal pay, and better health programs.
- Too Small to Fail: This program encourages early childhood education around the world.
- Clinton-Hunter Development Initiative—CHDI alleviates poverty in Malawi and Rwanda by helping farmers access climate-smart agronomic technology.
- Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)—See information on this initiative below.
CGI: A Unique Approach
Once a year the Clinton Foundation, through CGI invites world leaders—business, religious, political, and other leaders—to convene with them*.
CGI leaders commit to do the following:
- Identify and discuss world problems and local problems within their own countries/communities
- Discover and develop innovative solutions to these problems
- Pledge to make positive change within their realms—stating specific goals
To date 89% of these promises have been fulfilled.
*Understandably many of these same world leaders interact with government dignitaries, including the Secretary of State.
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