This blog is part of a series where Donna Shalala, President of the Clinton Foundation, shares updates on Clinton Foundation programs. View the previous entries here.
Today, we heard yet again from highly-respected experts that the Clinton Foundation ranks among the most effective and well-regarded charitable organizations in the world.
We are proud to be rated four stars by Charity Navigator for the strength of our operations and transparency. Having also received an ‘A’ rating from American Institute of Philanthropy’s CharityWatch, and the highest Platinum rating from Guidestar, Charity Navigator’s four star rating is another clear indication of our ongoing commitment to driving transparency and accountability while improving the lives of millions of people here in the U.S. and all around the world.
I can’t say enough about how proud I am of this organization and the passionate people who work here. The Clinton Foundation has been saving and improving lives for 15 years, and the results of this work will continue to unfold for years to come. We’ve outlined responsible steps for the future of the Foundation, but a call to close the doors on the Foundation neglects the countless doors we are opening to help people live better lives.
As we prepare for Labor Day weekend, the work continues ahead and I’m proud to share recent updates on Foundation programs:
Combating Prescription Drug Abuse
In July, as part of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s work to combat the opioid overdose epidemic, Adapt Pharma announced a NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray donation program of 25,000 cartons (50,000 doses) of NARCAN to community partners, including CHMI. As a participant of the program, CHMI will be working with its partners across the country to distribute its allocated 5,000 cartons to first responders and community organizations. Read more about what this means for one community here.
Graduation of the 2016 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars
On July 14, the 61 members of the 2016 Class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program graduated in Little Rock, Arkansas. The program, established by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Clinton Presidential Center, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, is a one-of-a-kind leadership development opportunity that designed a curriculum featuring distinguished administration alums, universities, world-class facilities, and, maybe most important, the records and case studies of presidential leadership. The graduation featured a discussion with members of the Little Rock Nine followed by the Moody Foundation Conversation, featuring a conversation with the Right Honourable Tony Blair, President George W. Bush, and President Bill Clinton. You can watch the event with President Clinton, President Bush, and Prime Minister Blair here and the conversation with members of the Little Rock Nine here.
Back to School: Recognizing our Healthiest Schools in America
Earlier this week, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation recognized 328 schools as the healthiest schools in America. These schools have met or exceeded stringent standards set by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality physical and health education and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models. The 328 schools recognized as America’s Healthiest Schools represent 29 different states and the District of Columbia.
Restoring Landscapes and Improving Livelihoods in Vietnam and Beyond
In July, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) visited the Vietnamese province of Quang Tri to start work for their Restoring Ecosystems in African Landscape (REAL) program done in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The project will map and prioritize potential areas for landscape restoration. As part of the visit, CCI met with a wide range of environmental partners, research institutes, and officials from the government. This project in Vietnam is part of a larger multi-regional CCI program with activities also in Kenya and India. The program, which is being implemented over the next 18 months, aims to restore landscapes and improve livelihoods for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Helping Smallholder Farmers in Rwanda
At the end of July, the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) signed a lease agreement for its first commercial farm site in Rwanda, located in Nyagatare in the Eastern Province. This is a major step in the expansion of CDI’s Anchor Farm model, which is already operating in Tanzania and Malawi. Under this innovative land sharing agreement with the Kaboku cooperative, CDI and the cooperative farmers will work collaboratively on this commercial farm. Work will start during the next growing season in September.
Promoting Children’s Brain Development
Last month, Too Small to Fail launched a collaboration with Spotify to bring the important message of talking, reading, and singing with young children to their millions of listeners. Too Small to Fail, along with Bezos Family Foundation and ZERO TO THREE, provided background research on early childhood development which Spotify integrated into their new Kids & Family playlists. The playlists are themed around everyday moments and routines such as bedtime, bath time, driving in the car, and play time. In between songs, parents hear audio prompts from celebrities—who deliver tips and ideas to encourage parents to sing with their children and engage in language-rich activities together to promote early brain and language development. Read more about the collaboration here.
Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Women in Haiti
In July, the No Ceilings and Clinton Foundation Haiti teams travelled to Haiti for the local launch of the Women’s Economic Participation Consortium. The initiatives met with the Consortium participants – nine women-owned businesses and two agricultural cooperatives in the Central Plateau. Through the program, Consortium participants will receive tailored services and support from local and international partners, including Timberland, Fonkoze, and West Elm, to help grow their capacity and become investment-ready. The program aims to further advance the economic participation of women in Haiti’s economy.
The work continues at the Clinton Foundation as we ramp up for the 12th – and final – Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, September 19-21 in New York City.