2013 was a remarkable year. We officially became the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation – recognizing the extraordinary roles that each of the Clintons have in driving our work. We reached new milestones across each of our programs, and created new programs in areas where we knew we could make a difference – a testament to our dedicated staff, volunteers, supporters, commitment makers, and partners. As a result, we’ve been able to change more lives and transform even more communities around the world.
Below we’ve highlighted several of our recent milestones as well as goals for the coming year – proof-positive that, when we work together, we can have a greater impact than when we work on our own. We’re optimistic about what we can achieve together in 2014, and we look forward to continuing to work with our friends and partners around the world to build a stronger, more equal global community.
Clinton Foundation Day of Action
Founded by Chelsea Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program seeks to create service opportunities and mobilize thousands of volunteers to give back to their respective communities. Already, more than 2,500 volunteers have donated more than 13,000 service hours. Most recently, our first Day of Action in the Coachella Valley, which took place on January 13, mobilized nearly 100 people to renovate homes in the Coachella Valley. The next Day of Action will take place in March during CGI U at Arizona State University.
No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project
Launched by Secretary Clinton in November 2013, No Ceilings will work with partner organizations to evaluate and share the progress women and girls have made in the 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. This new effort will help chart the path forward to accelerate full participation for women and girls in the 21st century.
Too Small to Fail
With our partner, Next Generation, we're working to narrow the word gap among underserved children. We've released a strategic roadmap delineating a two-pronged approach: a public awareness campaign and a call to action for the private sector to make commitments and break down economic barriers to vocabulary development. We're also partnering with Univision to launch a multi-platform campaign to narrow the word gap among young Hispanic children.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance is now working with 20,000 schools across all 50 states to provide healthier school meals and create better learning environments. Through a new partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America, announced last week, the Alliance will improve Healthy-Out-Of-School Time for 4 million kids across the country.
Clinton Development Initiative
In Malawi, the Anchor Farm Project is already improving the incomes of 21,000 smallholder farmers by more than 500 percent. During the 2012-2013 farming season 42 percent of Malawian farmers trained by CDI were women, CDI increased Climate Smart Agriculture training for farmers, and expanded the Anchor Farm Project to Tanzania. Over the next five years, CDI will help 120,000 smallholder farmers in Tanzania increase their harvests and incomes and support their families by providing access to high-quality inputs, training, and better markets for their crops.
Clinton Global Initiative
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) members develop Commitments to Action - new, specific and measurable plans to address major global challenges. Throughout the year, including at the Annual Meeting, CGI America meeting and CGI International meeting, CGI members and leaders from business, government, the nonprofit sector, and philanthropy come together to create these solutions. To engage the next generation of leaders, Chelsea Clinton co-hosts CGI University (CGI U) to bring together thousands of college students every year to create their own Commitments to Action. In 2013, CGI U at Washington University in St. Louis brought together more than 1,100 students from more than 300 universities, all 50 states, and over 75 countries, who made a total of 733 Commitments to Action. Read about some of the youngest CGI members, why they make us optimistic for 2014, and why we’re looking forward to CGI U in March at Arizona State University.
Clinton Foundation in Haiti
Over the past year in Haiti, we've provided approximately $1 million in grants and investments to support Haitian entrepreneurs, small businesses, and farming cooperatives, and helped to facilitate more than $30 million in direct foreign investment in Haiti. We're continuing to support stories of progress and working to expand job creation and economic development.
Clinton Health Access Initiative
Through partnerships and by working at the invitation of governments, last year CHAI helped to secure a 45 percent reduction in the price for pentavalent vaccine, which will result in an estimated $150 million in savings over the next four years. The vaccine offers protection for children against five diseases: diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP), hepatitis B, and Haemophilius influenzae type b, which causes pneumonia and meningitis.
Clinton Health Matters Initiative
Now in its second year, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative's strategic partnerships and investments in health and wellness, worth $100 million, will impact more than 50 million people across the United States — that's 1 out of every 6 people. Recently announced at the 2014 Health Matters conference, the 30 new Commitments to Action include a new partnership with the Jed Foundation to make college campuses safer and support the mental and emotional health needs of students and a new partnership with the Aspen Institute Sport & Society Program to work with national governing bodies of sport, academia, and others to ensure that all children have access to physical activity and sports.
Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership
In early 2013, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership completed 50,000 cataract surgeries in Peru, enabling thousands of individuals to return to work and increase their incomes. By using market-driven models, the Enterprise Partnership will continue to help people work themselves out of poverty by providing job training to 20,000 individuals in Colombia over the next 10 years and by providing work opportunities for 3,000 women in Peru.
Clinton Climate Initiative
The Clinton Climate Initiative's Home Affordability Loan Program is impacting 1,300 people by providing home energy retrofits and reducing 4,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually across the country. CCI is working to expand this program to three more states this year, helping more homeowners and businesses access the financing and technology they need to improve their energy efficiency.
Clinton Presidential Center
The Clinton Presidential Center has welcomed more than 3 million people to Little Rock, educating visitors from Arkansas and around the world through exhibits such as “And Freedom for All: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The Center also hosts lectures and events throughout the year, including a symposium on intelligence and presidential policymaking during the Bosnian War.