Frequently Asked Questions

Who are CGI's members?

CGI is a results-oriented community of companies, NGOs, foundations, and governmental organizations. Although CGI members come from different backgrounds and share different points of view, they are united by their shared commitment to building a strong, sustainable global community.

Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have convened more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and prominent members of the media.

Why join CGI?

Today’s leading companies and nonprofits understand that their employees, stakeholders, and the general public expect great things—not only from the products they produce or the services they provide, but also from the ways in which they work to create value for society.

CGI is dedicated to helping its member organizations maximize their social impact. Because CGI has worked with thousands of organizations since it was founded in 2005, CGI has an unrivaled ability to connect members engaged in similar work through one-on-one introductions, large events, and focused networking opportunities. The robust and active CGI community allows members to share best practices, forge partnerships, and leverage resources to effect measurable change.

What's included in membership?

Annual Meeting Attendance
Held in New York each September to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, the CGI Annual Meeting has emerged as the preeminent venue for leaders across sectors to convene to develop effective solutions to global challenges. The meeting provides these global leaders with opportunities to share knowledge, discuss innovative ideas, and report on the progress of their ongoing work.

Relationship Management
Upon joining CGI, each member is provided with a dedicated account representative who works to enhance your organization's involvement with the CGI community. Whether your organization is in the beginning stages of commitment development or is working to enhance already established programs, your account representative can connect you with new partners, share the latest insights and research, and offer advice and assistance.

Year-Round Engagement
Opportunities to engage with the CGI community are offered within nine broad and cross-cutting Tracks, each representing a topical global challenge or strategic approach. All Tracks contain a number of stand-alone engagements that bring members together to network, share knowledge, and collaborate on new and continuing commitments. Members can customize their year-round experience based on their specific areas of interest.

Commitment Development
A Commitment to Action is not a financial contribution to CGI. Rather, it is a detailed plan of action for addressing an issue such as climate change, poverty, or access to health care. Commitments must meet three basic criteria: they must be new, specific, and measurable. While some members join CGI with a clear idea for a commitment, others work closely with their relationship managers to develop their goals and plan projects. Our staff is available throughout the year to discuss ideas and approaches and help members explore partnership opportunities, which may include joining an existing CGI commitment. Read more about commitments.

Media Support and Showcasing Opportunities
At the Annual Meeting, professional media specialists are available to help members craft a robust media strategy, set up interviews with leading newspapers, radio stations, and television programs, and develop compelling messages and press releases. Nearly 1,000 members of the media are on-site at the Annual Meeting each year to report on the accomplishments of CGI members. Commitment announcements and progress reports are granted a world stage during the Annual Meeting. In addition, the CGI website features the latest news about CGI members and their commitments.

How does an organization become a member?

Participation is by invitation only. If your organization has not received an invitation and would like to be considered, please click here and complete the membership inquiry form. The membership fee is $20,000 per year.

What are the terms of membership?

The membership fee is $20,000 ($19,000 tax deductible) per year. Membership expires 12 months from the first day of the month in which membership is processed (example: if you register on June 1, 2014, your membership expires on June 1, 2015).

Are membership fees tax-deductible?

Yes. Because the Clinton Global Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all fees are considered to be tax-deductible contributions. However, this tax deduction is only available to U.S.-based organizations.

For federal income tax purposes, CGI members may deduct $19,000, which is your $20,000 membership fee less $1,000 for its fair value.

I cannot afford the membership fee. Are there any complimentary membership invitations?

Each year, CGI extends a limited number of complimentary membership invitations to nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. Membership includes an invitation to the Annual Meeting for one individual at the executive director level.

The complimentary membership application process is extremely competitive. To ensure diverse representation of nonprofit organizations at our Annual Meeting, we take into consideration more than the stand-alone merit of each organization. We work to ensure a balance of representation that spans geographic reach, organizational size, and issue areas of focus, among other criteria.

If you would like us to consider your organization for 2015 complimentary membership, please email