Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Clinton Global Initiative?

President Bill Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in 2005 to turn ideas into action. From presidents to academics, from the boardroom to the classroom, CGI members across sectors are creating positive change around the world.

Rather than directly implementing projects, CGI facilitates action by helping members connect, collaborate, and make effective and measurable Commitments to Action—plans for addressing significant global challenges. 

CGI conducted its inaugural meeting in 2005 in New York City. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media.

In addition to the Annual Meeting, CGI has expanded to include youth- and geographic-specific platforms. This includes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. CGI meetings have also been held internationally, including CGI Asia in 2008, CGI Latin America in 2013, and CGI Middle East & Africa this year, all of which brought together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. 

Does the Clinton Global Initiative have any political affiliations?

CGI is a nonpartisan initiative of the Clinton Foundation, bringing together some of the world's best minds and most distinguished problem solvers to focus on practical, effective measures that can be taken now. These leaders come from a wide variety of political, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds, and include current and former heads of state, top business executives, preeminent scholars, and representatives of effective nongovernmental organizations.

Does CGI provide funding of any kind?

No. CGI convenes leaders to drive action through its unique model. CGI is not a grant-making organization and does not provide funding directly to CGI members to carry out their work. Rather than directly implementing projects, CGI facilitates action by helping members connect, collaborate, and make effective and measurable Commitments to Action—plans for addressing significant global challenges. CGI supports the development of commitments by facilitating dialogue, providing opportunities to identify partners, showcasing the actions taken by commitment-makers, and communicating results. 

Does CGI have any employment and intern opportunities?

To view positions available at the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation, please click here.

Who can I contact if I have further questions about CGI?

If you have further questions about CGI, please email [email protected].

How can my company sponsor the Clinton Global Initiative?

CGI brings together leaders across sectors who have a shared interest in working together to improve the lives of millions of people around the world. As with other similiar global organizations, much of this work would not be possible without the support of corporations and other organizations who believe that cooperation produces the best solutions to shared challenges.

Sponsors of CGI proudly share in this common goal of finding solutions to pressing global challenges. If you or your company is interested in becoming a sponsor of CGI, please contact [email protected] or call (212) 397-2255.

How are speakers selected for CGI events?

The speaking program for all CGI events is based on topical themes and areas identified through CGI member interest. CGI welcomes your input and suggestions via the Speaker Recommendation Form.


CGI offers volunteer opportunities at meetings throughout the year. Please see below for upcoming opportunities in 2016:

CGI America
June 12–14, 2016 (Atlanta, GA) 
For questions regarding volunteering at CGI America, email [email protected]

CGI Annual Meeting
September 19-21, 2016 (New York, NY)
Please find the CGI Annual Meeting volunteer application here. The application deadline is July 29. For questions regarding volunteering at the CGI Annual Meeting, email [email protected]

Please refer back to this page for the latest information about volunteer opportunities. For any additional inquiries, email [email protected].