Feb 11
February 11, 2017

The Foundation at Work: Presidential Scholars Convene in D.C., CGI U announces 2017 Meeting in Boston, and a Day of Action to address Diaper Need in New York


With the release of our 2016 Annual Report and the letter from President Clinton charting the Foundation’s path forward in 2017 and beyond, I am proud to share about the continued work of the Clinton Foundation to improve lives across the country and around the world. 
A New Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars
We recently announced and brought together the 2017 class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program in Washington, D.C. Now in its third year, this unique program created in partnership with the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Clinton Presidential Center, the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation cultivates emerging leaders in the United States. Stay up to date with the latest news on the newly @PLSProgram Twitter. 
CGI U 2017 Heading to Boston in October
The 10th annual CGI U 2017 meeting will take place this October 13-15 at Northeastern University in Boston. Over the past 10 years, CGI U has engaged some of the most impressive young leaders who have made a real difference on their campuses, in their communities, and around the world. Our colleague Emilie Openchowski wrote about eight of those students here, and we’re proud that six CGI U alumni are featured as part of this year’s Forbes' '30 Under 30' list. Learn more about the announcement from the Boston Globe.
How CGI Transformed Modern Philanthropy
A piece in Foreign Policy magazine explains how the Clinton Global Initiative transformed philanthropy and lays out the facts about the Clinton Foundation. The author writes, "As much as any specific mission, the aim was to change the way nonprofits operate ... CGI had long since proved itself as an innovative model, moving the nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate spheres toward entrepreneurial cooperation.
Addressing Diaper Need & Early Literacy through a Day of Action 
Chelsea recently hosted a Day of Action for Too Small to Fail where volunteers from Penguin and the Foundation’s 20/30 network assembled packs of more than 5,000 diapers and 1,000 new children’s books that will be distributed to the South Bronx community through The Hope Line. The project is in support of the CGI Commitment – “Talk, Read, Sing for Change: Promoting Children’s Early Literacy Development through Diaper Banks,” made by Too Small and the National Diaper Bank Network in partnership with Penguin Young Readers and Huggies. Chelsea sat down with Rosie Rodriguez, director of Philanthropy at The Lower Eastside Girls Club and a founding member of the Foundation’s 20/30 Network, to talk about the importance of early literacy, diaper need, and volunteering on Mogul. We streamed her remarks on Facebook, and you can watch them here.  Also, check out a new piece from Penguin Young Reader about the connection between diaper deserts and book deserts. 
In Good Company at the Dutch Postcode Lottery
President Clinton recently spoke at the Dutch Postcode Lottery’s Annual Goed Geld Gala. Since 1989, the Dutch Postcode Lottery has distributed more than 5 billion euros to NGOs working to create a fairer and greener world. This year, in addition to their generous support for the Clinton Foundation, they will distribute a total of 341 million euros to charities such as Girls Not Brides, Greenpeace, Oceana, Oxfam, Save the Children, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the UN HCR. 
All Stars Raise their Voice for Childhood Health & Wellness
To kick off American Heart Month, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation officially introduced Alliance All Stars – a youth engagement that activates youth champions from all over the country who use their voices to raise awareness about issues related to childhood health and wellness. They are motivators, advocates, and shining examples of how young people can truly make a difference. All Stars Sophie (age 16) and PJ (age 14) were recently featured in the National Recreation and Park Association magazine and Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center
An Effort to Recruit and Train Female Entrepreneurs in Colombia
The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership’s Chakipi distribution enterprise in Colombia recently partnered with educational institution SENA Colombia to conduct entrepreneur training and recruitment in the coffee growing region. Chakipi Colombia is also developing a strategic partnership with “Narrar para vivir,” an organization of women who have been affected by the armed conflict, to pilot a new partnership model with them. This new program will incorporate 100 Chakipi entrepreneurs in Cartagena. 
Lowering the Price of Electricity for 80,000 in Colombia & Electrifying Belize 
The Clinton Climate Initiative and its partner Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR) convened key stakeholders from Colombia’s San Andrés island to review their proposed comprehensive energy transition strategy. The recommendations developed for the strategy have the capacity to lower the electricity prices, reduce the consumption of diesel fuel, and diversify the sources of energy for 80,000 residents. Input from the Government of Colombia, the local utility, and the electricity regulator will guide the renewable energy technology and policy recommendations made by CCI and RMI-CWR. 
In addition, the Clinton Climate Initiative held a community engagement meeting with residents of St. George’s Caye, a small island of Belize, to discuss the plans for electrifying the island with a renewable energy microgrid. The microgrid would provide access to clean energy for a local hotel and its 80 residents, who currently bring diesel fuel by boat to power their individual household generators. 
Preventing Heart Disease in Mississippi 
The Natchez Democrat wrote about the Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s Blueprint for Action for Adams County, Mississippi. The article highlights the ongoing success of the Blueprint’s diabetes and heart disease prevention program.