Donna Shalala to Lead Clinton Foundation

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has chosen Donna E. Shalala to lead the organization’s sprawling philanthropy initiative, former President Bill Clinton announced on Friday. Shalala was a cabinet member in the Clinton administration and is an old friend of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s. Ms. Shalala, 74, is currently president of the University of Miami.

The change of leadership comes at a pivotal time, as the charity faces ongoing scrutiny over its fundraising practices. It is currently causing political turmoil for Hillary Clinton’s imminent 2016 presidential campaign rollout. Reports have surfaced that Hillary Clinton used a personal email address while serving as a secretary of state. Clinton said Thursday she will release her emails to the public after a House committee issued a subpoena requesting the State Department probe Clinton’s use of private email address for official matters.

Shalala’s appointment to CEO of the Clinton Foundation is an exciting development for the charitable foundation. “I don’t know in my long life that I ever worked with anybody who had quite the combination of policy knowledge and concern, political skills, a personal touch with people, a sense of innate fairness,” the former president said of Shalala, according to AP. “She’s a remarkable person.” Reportedly, Ms. Chelsea Clinton, vice chairwoman to the philanthropy initiative had a key role in persuading Ms. Shalala to leave Miami to run the charity.

The philanthropy organization has defended its decision to lift a self-imposed ban on collecting contributions from foreign governments saying it would review its fundraising policies if Clinton pursued a second run at the White House. The Clinton Foundation is a $2 billion global philanthropic enterprise that has provided a platform for the Clintons in disease prevention, poverty and the empowerment of women.

Learn more about Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton’s charity initiatives by reading our profile on the philanthropic family.

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New Initiative Could Help Thousands of Poor Farmers

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Smallholder farmers in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the Caribbean will soon benefit from a huge initiative to help poor rural communities. The Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative (ELII) is a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action that will improve the livelihoods of as many as 300,000 smallholder farmers and their communities.

Earlier this month, Unilever announced: “President Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra, Co-Founders of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen, announced the collaboration on a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2015 Winter Meeting in New York City,” of the collaborative effort to support small farmers in impoverished regions around the world. The overall mission of this initiative is to catalyze economic growth in low-income communities.

“I’m excited about this partnership between the Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership, Acumen, and Unilever, which will improve the lives of smallholder farmers by bringing them into global markets and distribution networks, empowering hundreds of thousands of people to expand their skills and lift themselves from poverty,” former President Bill Clinton commented. Clinton and the other philanthropic collaborators that are part of the ELII are hopeful that empowering smallholder farmers in developing areas will in turn allow them to support the communities they are a part of.

“We believe that in the long term, successful businesses can only be sustainable ones,” said Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. He also explains that “This partnership has the potential to dramatically increase the scale of what we can do to support smallholder farmers, empower women across our supply chains and in turn help build sustainable, viable businesses that alleviate poverty,” of the goals set forth by the ELII.

If the ELII proves to be successful, hundreds of thousands of farmers and their communities will soon be equipped with the tools necessary to overcome poverty. This philanthropic effort is one that involves a large level of commitment from the Clinton Global Initiative, and could pave the way for similar initiatives if successful.

Learn more about how the ELII will be carried out by reading this press release from Unilever.

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Clinton Family Launches Fundraiser for Charitable Trust

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The William J Clinton Foundation is the charitable foundation created by former President Bill Clinton.  Now the entire Clinton Family is involved with a new campaign to create an endowment fund for the newly renamed Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.  The new foundation will expand on issues that the Clinton Global Initiative originally championed.  In addition to fighting AIDS, climate change and poverty worldwide, Hillary and Chelsea will focus on more localized issues.  The new campaign aims to raise $250 million to help the foundation expand and includes events in London and San Francisco, as well as offers for one on one meetings for large enough donations.

To read more about the Clinton family and their foundation, head over to our profile.

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Young Philanthropy in New York

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It seems like younger generations are getting more generous every year. Famous or not, rich or poor, young Americans are lending their time, money, and effort to a variety of philanthropic ventures. In New York City, the same is true, and this year the popular New York Observer will be honoring twenty philanthropists under 40 at a gala designed to raise philanthropic awareness.

The event, called “Young Philanthropy,” will honor a number of well-known names and faces in the NYC philanthropy scene. Let’s take a look at a few of the well-to-do winners:

Chelsea Clinton: The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Senator Hilary Clinton, nearly all of Chelsea’s life has been lived under the spotlight—and unlike so many of the young and famous, her image is pristine. Her charity work includes support for the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Walkabout Foundation.

Amanda Hearst: As heiress to her father’s media conglomerate, the Hearst Corporation, Amanda has a lot to live up to. She is a socialite, activist, model, and most recently is the associate market editor for Marie Claire. Amanda also founded Friends of Finn, which is a charity that fights inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills, and is an active member of Riverkeeper, an environmental nonprofit organization.

Alejandro Santo Domingo: Like Hearst (whom he coincidentally dated for several years), Alejandro is an heir. He and his two brothers, Andres Santo Domingo and Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr., are heirs the majority stake in SABMiller, a South American beer company. While his career revolves around managing the conglomerate, he is also a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees; is on the board for the international nonprofit group, Endeavor; is on the Latin American Conservation Council for The Nature Conservancy; and is on the Board of Directors for DKMS Americas.

Other honorees of the night include Lauren Bush, Jesse Cole, Alexis Feldman, Michelle Harper, Lydia Hearst, Eric Trump, and many more.


The Milken Institute – Bringing leaders throughout the world together

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If ever there was a group that was determined to make the world a better  place, the Milken Institute would be one.  Actively determined to improving lives around the world, they partner with leaders in every possible field and enterprise to advance innovate economic and policy solutions that create jobs and enhance health.  Many of these leaders also speak at events like their Global Conference.  Previous speakers have included President Bill Clinton, George Lucas, Ray McDaniel Moody’s CEO, David Crane (Special Advisor for Jobs and Economic Growth to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger), and Steve Forbes.

The Milken Institute believes that “societies prosper if they have an educated, healthy workforce; open and efficient capital markets’ and effective social institutions.” To read more about them check out our philanthropic profile on the Milken Institute.