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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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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.