We are excited to announce that more than 50 Commitments to Action were made at Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America 2016 on June 12-14. Commitments are new, specific, and measurable plans that support increased economic growth and opportunity in the United States. Several new commitments are focused on CGI America's host city of Atlanta—watch Mayor Kasim Reed's announcement now.
The mission of CGI is to turn ideas into action. CGI America brings together leaders in business, philanthropy, government, and nonprofits to develop solutions that encourage continued economic growth, support long-term competitiveness, and increase social mobility in the United States. Since the first meeting in 2011, CGI America participants have made nearly 600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of more than 4.9 million people.
President Bill Clinton
Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Working Group Model
The core of the CGI America meeting is the Working Group model, which consists of nine topic-specific groups—each bringing together about 60-120 diverse industry leaders. Each group will convene several iterative sessions over the course of the meeting to share knowledge, build partnerships, and generate Commitments to Action.
Building off past meetings, the 2016 CGI America Meeting will feature several new Working Groups. These new Working Groups are as follows: College and Career Readiness, Outcomes-Based Financing, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Sustainable Cities.
8:00 AM–9:00 AM
8:00 AM–9:00 AM
9:30 AM–11:00 AM
Opening Plenary Session
America in the World: Staying Ahead
11:00 AM–11:30 AM
11:30 AM–1:00 PM
1:30 PM–3:00 PM
Lunch Plenary Session
Strengthening America’s Communities
3:30 PM–5:30 PM
7:30 PM–9:30 PM
Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta participates in a session on community-based sustainability projects at CGI America 2015.
American Association of Community Colleges
American Federation of Teachers
Appalachian Regional Commission
Bank of America Corporation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Center for Financial Services Innovation
City of Atlanta
City of Houston
City of Los Angeles
City of Philadelphia
The Coca-Cola Company
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Farmers Insurance Group
The Ford Foundation
Girl Scouts of the USA
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
The Joyce Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The Kresge Foundation
Local Initiatives Support Coalition
Noble Energy, Inc.
Project Lead The Way
The Rockefeller Foundation
Rocky Mountain Institute
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Vestas Wind Systems
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The Western Union Company
The White House
These LEED Platinum homes were built through Make It Right Foundation’s 2007 commitment to create sustainable and affordable homes in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Commitments to Action
Commitments to Action—a defining feature of CGI—are concrete plans that address a pressing challenge. They can be small or large, and financial or non-monetary in nature. Many commitments are the result of cross-sector partnerships, with attendees combining efforts to expand their impact. Every commitment must be new, specific, and measurable, and CGI America staff provide commitment-making support in the lead up to the meeting.
Inversiones: A Small Business Investment Initiative
Commitment by: National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders; partners.
In 2012, the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders committed to support the creation and expansion of 1,500 small businesses in predominately Latino communities. As of spring 2015, over $114M in loans had been deployed to 4,166 small business owners, stimulating the creation of 8,230 jobs.
Making the Green Mountain State Green
Commitment by: NeighborWorks of Western Vermont
In 2013, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont committed to retrofit 1,000 homes in a five county area of Vermont by 2015. As of spring 2015, the commitment had exceeded expectations with 1,134 retrofits completed, representing one-third of all in-state residential projects and saving residents over $800,000 a year.