Clinton Presidential Center reopening July 1 after COVID-19 shutdown, June 1, 2021; KATV
The Clinton Presidential Center in downtown Little Rock announced Tuesday that it's reopening July 1 after suspending operations for more than a year because of COVID-19. The center tweeted that its "polishing the floors and dusting the Resolute Desk" ahead of the reopening. Permanent and temporary exhibits, as well as the research room, have been closed since March 2020.
Clinton Center museum set to reopen, June 2, 2021; Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
The Clinton Presidential Center's museum will reopen to the public next month after being closed for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but specifics are still in the works. The 20,000-square-foot museum at 1200 President Clinton Ave. in Little Rock is to reopen July 1. It has been closed since March 2020. "We just felt like the time was right, and we know folks are excited to get back in," Rebecca Tennille, spokesperson for the museum, said Tuesday.
Vimenti makes call to action to address negative effects of COVID-19 on mental health, May 31, 2021; News Is My Business
During her participation in the virtual mental health forum “Responding to COVID-19 and Facing Future Crises in the Caribbean,” produced by the Clinton Global Initiative’s Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, Rivera-Batista presented the measures that Vimenti used to identify the needs of the Ernesto Ramos Antonini housing project community facing the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of them was to carry out a census in the communities it serves, which reflected that 31% of their participating families had at least one member who lost his job and 65% of the children did not have internet service or computers at home to continue their studies online at the beginning of the pandemic.
Beckles calls for global reset on relations with the Caribbean, May 28, 2021; Jamaica Observer
Speaking on Wednesday, Sir Hilary delivered the keynote address at a virtual roundtable session hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative during its sixth Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. The three-day event held from May 25-27, convened leaders from business, government, and civil society and featured conversations with President Bill Clinton, Secretary John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General of the Climate Action Team and others.
Clinton Global Initiative Selects Student Proposal to Develop Music Therapy App for Stress Management, June 1, 2021; UConn Today
Two UConn students were selected to join the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to develop their proposal to create a mobile device application that will use music therapy to help college students manage stress. Srikari Tummla ’22 (CLAS) and Mukund Desibhatla ’21 (CLAS) presented their proposal in March during a virtual conference at the Clinton Foundation’s annual “Commitment to Action” event. Both Tummla and Desibhatla grew up immersed in Indian traditional arts, learning to use health coping mechanisms in the face of stress and anxiety. Their project will create an app using Indian Carnatic and Hindustani music to evoke specific emotions with the goal of managing stress and promoting overall wellness with daily meditative practice.
Howard University students, Anthony Dohman and Brittany Stewart, are winners of the 2021 Verizon and CGI U Social Innovation Challenge, which provides a grant valued at $350,000 to current undergraduate and graduate students as well as Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) alumni. Grant funding was provided to 14 winning teams to address significant societal challenges related to education, health and climate justice with leading-edge technology-based solutions. Through this challenge, CGI U and Verizon are encouraging a diverse community of student innovators and entrepreneurs. This year’s challenge winners come from various cultural backgrounds, including Asian, African, Hispanic or Latino, Black or-African American, Middle Eastern, and American Indian or Alaskan Native, and they represent two historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Georgia State University, Clinton Global Initiative Partner To Improve Educational Opportunity In The Caribbean, May 27, 2021; Georgia State University News
The Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora (CSAD) at Georgia State University has partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) of the Clinton Foundation to help Caribbean nations strengthen their educational systems in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. CSAD and CGI have established the Caribbean Educational Working Group (CEWG), made up of partners representing multilateral organizations, the private sector, policy makers, nonprofits and community members across the Caribbean region working to support development of innovative models for education delivery in response to the gaps and deficits revealed by the pandemic.
Open source earthquake detection technology used in global initiative, May 27, 2021; Smart Cities World
Former US president Bill Clinton has announced a Commitment to Action to provide an early warning system for earthquakes in Puerto Rico, which involves use of sensor technology deployed as part of IBM’s Call for Code initiative. Proposing an Earthquake Early Warning System for Puerto Rico was launched at the Climate Action for Caribbean and Global Resilience event, hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which runs until 27 May. Speakers include/included John Kerry, US special presidential envoy for climate, and Selwin Hart, special adviser to the United Nations secretary-general and assistant secretary-general of the Climate Action Team.
Grillo, IBM, and the Clinton Foundation expand low-cost earthquake detection to the Caribbean, May 25, 2021; The Next Web
The Clinton Foundation today announced a commitment to action around deploying a low-cost, open-source-based novel earthquake detection system in the Caribbean, starting with Puerto Rico. The system is being developed by Grillo in tandem with the long-running Call for Code challenge. Grillo worked with IBM to develop open-source kits for the contest last year and, with the help of local scientists and government officials, began testing it’s earthquake-sensing technology in Puerto Rico.
How Chelsea Clinton is advocating for others to protect their mental health, May 20, 2021; Good Morning America
"As a parent, I think it's important we talk to our kids about mental health on an ongoing basis," Clinton added. "We should talk to them about their feelings and recognize that those feelings are valid. At the Clinton Foundation, we have provided many resources over the course of the pandemic and we will continue to do so for our team members. I believe mental health is a part of health in general. We want people to have real conversations and try to de-stigmatize the topics surrounding it."
‘Cool globes’ makes its way to Clinton Center for first art exhibit since pandemic, March 20, 2021; KARK
The Clinton Center’s first public art installment since the pandemic started has finished installation and is working on finishing touches. Cool Globes is the project, described as a place for hot ideas for a cooler planet. Much of the impact humans have on the Earth is being represented in a new public art exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center Park.
Bridging faith and science to combat the overdose crisis, May 6, 2021; Johns Hopkins Hub
Like COVID-19, the urgency of the opioid crisis must be met with creative, cross-sector solutions. To that end, the Clinton Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Centre for Responsible Leadership are partnering to convene national leaders from science and faith for quarterly discussions about how to work collaboratively to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction; educate about prevention, treatment, and long-term recovery; and advance policies and programs that save lives and help people move to recovery.
Bill Clinton and Johns Hopkins Highlight Faith Leaders’ Role in Tackling Drug Overdoses, May 5, 2021; Maryland Matters
The surge in drug overdose deaths is a reminder that longstanding public health challenges continue during a global pandemic, Ellen J. MacKenzie, dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in a webinar on the overdose crisis Tuesday with former President Bill Clinton and religious leaders. Clinton (D) underscored the role that faith leaders can play to help address this public health crisis and to push against stigmatization of substance abuse disorders that often deters people from seeking help.
Amid pandemic and bias attacks, Asian Americans stepped up to help, April 28, 2021; WNYW Fox 5
On the other side of the East River, also in the middle of a pandemic, NYU student Bincheng Mao started translating hospital information that was previously only available in English. He created the East Coast Coalition, or ECC, which expanded language access to include Japanese, Spanish, Hebrew, and more. Working for a more inclusive healthcare system, he got the attention of the Clinton Foundation, which gave ECC a grant to increase its impact. Mao's voice has been side-by-side with some familiar faces and conversations to address the racist violence that's exploded nationwide.
From Haiti to Nordstrom: Designer’s handmade hair accessories hit luxury shopping racks, May 3, 2021; Miami Herald
The push to get Haitian made products in U.S. retail outlets existed before the 2010 earthquake, but accelerated in the wake of the disaster. Former President Bill Clinton, long a champion of Haitian arts and crafts, brought style pioneer Donna Karan to Haiti and showed her what was happening in the country and used his Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative to showcase local artisans and the country’s potential.
Sandals Foundation to plant 10,000 trees in the C'bean by June 2022, April 24, 2021; Loop News
Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, has intensified its Caribbean conservation efforts by committing to plant 10,000 trees by June 2022. The effort forms part of a wider Caribbean Tree Planting Project coordinated by the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance in collaboration with Trees That Feed Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, and other partners to plant one million trees across 14 Caribbean countries by June next year.
Ashley Lynn Priore Joins Clinton Foundation’s Global Initiative University, April 22, 2021; Pitt Wire
Ashley Lynn Priore has been accepted as a part of the 2021 class of the Clinton Foundation's Global Initiative University (CGI U). Started in 2007 by former president Bill Clinton, the global program engages the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Priore will be the first student accepted from the Pittsburgh area. Priore has made national press for her work as the founder and CEO of Queens Gambit, a nonprofit organization using chess to empower youth and teaching life skills. Priore also founded the first youth-led and youth focused campaign strategy firm, Youth Political Strategies, in the United States.
Sandals Foundation targets planting 10,000 trees by June 2022, April 22, 2021; Jamaica Observer
Sandals Foundation will today continue its quest to plant 10,000 trees by June 2022, intensifying its Caribbean conservation efforts as the world observes Earth Day. The effort forms part of a wider Caribbean tree- planting project coordinated by Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance in collaboration with Trees That Feed Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, and other partners, to plant one million trees across 14 Caribbean countries by June next year.
Adapting a faith-led effort to fight opioids to encourage vaccinations, April 8, 2021; Religion News Service
For nearly a decade, the Clinton Foundation has been assembling a grassroots network of clergy of different faiths to counter the opioid crisis based on the notion that priests, ministers, rabbis and imams are the best messengers of both information and hope. Some 150 priests, ministers, rabbis and imams in Houston, Jacksonville, Little Rock and other mostly Southern cities have been educated using the foundation’s year-long curriculum in the emotionally demanding work of supporting substance abusers and their families through treatment and recovery. Those who have completed the course then recruit and teach others.
Manhattan lawyer relocates to Memphis, hopes to establish food co-op in Binghampton, April 5, 2021; Memphis Business Journal
Schrader is also working on the Next Step Global Farm Hand, which is designed to tackle food insecurity. Just last week, his team took first place for the Next Step Global Farm Hand in the Howard Hackathon for Environmental Justice, which was sponsored by IBM and the Clinton Global Initiative and held through Howard University. Next Step Global Farm Hand works via GIS mapping, drones, and analytics to determine farm conditions. The software recommends crop selections, fertilizer, and farm techniques. The idea is that with this information, farmers can improve crop yields as much as 50%.
Pitt student founds third organization, mentors youth through chess, April 2, 2021; Pitt News
Priore’s recent acceptance to the Clinton Global Initiative University puts her on track to do just that. CGI U is the higher education branch of the Clinton Foundation, established by former President Bill Clinton. As CGI U scholars, students go through a year-long program, during which they are matched with mentors, attend conferences, network and launch individual projects. Priore said she first heard about CGI U last spring, but the foundation itself and the political aspects of it caught her eye.
Harris hails child tax credit during interview with Bill Clinton, March 26, 2021; The Hill
Vice President Harris said Friday that one of the most exciting components of the administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package is the child tax credit aimed at combatting childhood poverty. “Through the child tax credit, we believe that half of America's children who live in poverty will be lifted out of poverty,” she told former President Clinton during a one-on-one conversation at the Clinton Global Initiative University virtual annual meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Clinton Foundation in partnership with Howard University, which is Harris’s alma mater. The focus of their discussion was on the pandemic’s effect on women and empowering women and girls in the U.S. and around the world.
Kamala Harris, Bill Clinton holding conversation on pandemic’s impact on women, March 24, 2021; KMGH-TV
Vice President Kamala Harris will be sitting down for a one-on-one conversation with former President Bill Clinton on Friday to talk about the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on women. The event is part of the 13th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting, which is being held virtually and bringing together about 600 students from around the world. This year’s event is being held in partnership with Howard University, the vice president’s alma mater. The conversation between Harris and Clinton is “on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, and empowering women and girls in the U.S. and around the world,” according to a statement from the Clinton Foundation.
POLITICO Playbook: What the Duckworth-AAPI episode revealed, March 24, 2021; Politico
The 13th annual Clinton Global Initiative University kicks off this afternoon. Highlights include BILL CLINTON talking with STACEY ABRAMS at 3 p.m. today about repairing democracy, and Clinton talking with Harris at 3:25 p.m. Friday about empowering women and girls.
Kamala Harris, Bill Clinton to hold talk on pandemic's impact on women, March 23, 2021; The Hill
Vice President Harris and former President Clinton will sit for a one-on-one conversation Friday, as part of the 13th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting, where they will discuss the pandemic’s effect on women. The meeting, which is being held in partnership with Howard University, Harris’s alma mater, will showcase “A one-on-one conversation with President Clinton and Vice President Kamala Harris on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, and empowering women and girls in the U.S. and around the world,” according to a statement from the Clinton Foundation.
5 students win Clinton lobal Initiative U awards, March 22, 2021; FIU News
Undergraduates Melanie Rodriguez, Amelia Raudales, Emelie Jimenez, Sophia Jaimes and Patricia Garcia have been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative U (CGI U) for their ideas on how to improve life for people both locally and around the world. Founded in 2007 by President Bill Clinton, CGI U is a part of the Clinton Foundation and seeks to engage students at college campuses globally. The program supports people who have new projects that can benefit humanity with leadership training, networking, mentoring and funding opportunities.
Fourth Annual Call for Code Challenges Developers to Tackle 'Existential Threat of Climate Change', March 25, 2021; ADT Magazine
The 2020 Call for Code Challenge also included a dedicated University Edition through a partnership that began last year with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). More than 10,000 students participated last year. The Challenge organizers also unveled a new Call for Code initiative last year: Call for Code for Racial Justice, which IBM described as "a vital initiative that brings together technology and a powerful ecosystem to combat one of the greatest challenges of our time: racial injustice."
Talk Read Sing Columbia awards grants to boost early literacy in Columbia County, March 22, 2021; Hudson Valley 360
Talk Read Sing Columbia—a partnership of nonprofit, education and government leaders funded by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation—has distributed $20,000 in grants to eight Columbia County organizations that aim to boost early literacy and encourage lifelong learning. These projects advance the work of the partnership’s Talking is Teaching public awareness campaign, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation that provides parents and caregivers with the tools to talk, read and sing more with children from birth to age 5 to better prepare them for school.
How The Covid-19 Crisis Will Change Nonprofits Moving Forward, March 19, 2021; Forbes
One of my most impactful learning experiences working with the Clinton Foundation involved physically traveling to Costa Rica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other regions to meet the people who benefit from the foundation’s efforts. Seeing how those projects affected communities with insufficient resources is always an incredible motivator.
President Clinton: US in ‘dogfight’ for democracy, March 19, 2021; Cornell Chronicle
Former President Bill Clinton posed that question March 18 during a webinar on the state of American democracy hosted by the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs (IOPGA) at Cornell, challenging more than 3,600 students and other viewers to stand up for democratic norms including voting rights. “We are at a fairly perilous point in our democratic journey,” Clinton said. “We’re in a dogfight.” But the 42nd president said he was optimistic about the future, calling for a more inclusive politics focused on reducing economic inequality and encouraging engagement with – not demonization of – people with differing views.
All living former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and their respective former first ladies -- with the exception of the Trumps -- are part of a newly released ad campaign urging Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine when it is their turn, a push that is aimed squarely at combating vaccine skepticism… There are two ads in the campaign: a minute-long, more personal spot that shows the four former presidents and former first ladies receiving their vaccines, and another that features Clinton, Bush and Obama standing together to urge Americans to step up and get vaccinated.
In the newly released "It's Up To You" ad campaign, former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and former first ladies Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, are emphasizing the importance of Americans getting the vaccine as soon as they are eligible. There are two ads in the new campaign. One shows the former presidents and first ladies receiving their vaccines and sharing personal anecdotes, and another features Mr. Clinton, Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama standing together in a direct address to the American people.
Why a Texas Student-Turned-Documentary Star Got an Unexpected Call from a Former President, March 4, 2021; People Magazine
Garza, the son of a Mexican immigrant and a self-described political progressive, chose to run for "governor" at the program, quickly standing out among a field of largely conservative, overwhelmingly white participants. More than 40 years prior to Garza's participation, a young Clinton also attended Boys State, where he was elected as one of two Arkansas "senators" in 1963. The future president, then a teenager, went on to attend the Boys Nation program where he visited the White House and shook hands with then-President John F. Kennedy. The experience, as Clinton explains in a new episode of his podcast, Why Am I Telling You This? with Bill Clinton, was life-changing.
Former Presidents Obama, Clinton Could Tip Scales in Doc Oscar Race, March 4, 2021; The Hollywood Reporter
Clinton, like Garza, is an alum of the Boys State student government program at the center of the doc, and reminisces on the episode about getting to meet Pres. John F. Kennedy through it in 1963. Garza tells Clinton, "I'm sure that that left a huge impression on your life and kind of guided you to that sense of like, 'This is what you're destined to do.' And I feel the same feeling now getting the opportunity to speak with you. Five years ago, I didn't expect to be where I am today, but I think I'm doing something right, and so I plan on continuing." Clinton replied, "Obviously, I think you should, and I think you should encourage others."
Have Computer, Will Volunteer: Med Student’s Telehealth Initiative Uses Clinton Grant, February 25, 2021; UVA Today
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit almost a year ago, Shaikh, now in his first year of medical school at the University of Virginia, got an email announcing that a clinic he had volunteered with had sent its volunteers home, worried about their safety, and was in urgent need of telehealth volunteers. Shaikh began thinking about all of the needs he had seen at the clinic that could be met virtually and, with more time on his hands as his courses shifted online and in-person work paused, he set about making it happen. Now, Shaikh’s idea has turned into a full-fledged project – the Virginia Free and Charitable Clinic Telehealth Service Network – funded by a grant from the Clinton Global Initiative’s COVID-19 Student Action Fund. Launched in April with a virtual event hosted by President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea, the fund identifies and supports students around the world who are committed to projects addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
'Terrific Toddlers' Series Aids Nonprofits' Work, February 22, 2021; Publishers Weekly
Silverbush and her collaborator and co-author, education expert Carol Zeavin, have made it their mission to demystify the social-emotional terrain of toddlerhood for parents and appeal directly to young readers in that age group with the Terrific Toddler series of developmentally appropriate picture books published by Magination Press. The three newest titles in the lineup—New Baby!, Potty!, and Time to Go!—were released in November 2020, and Potty! has been selected as a resource for a joint project of the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail campaign and the National Diaper Bank Network. It’s just one of several recent nonprofit partnerships that bring the Terrific Toddler books to a larger audience of children and families.
Civil Rights Museum hosts two spotlighted as children, February 19, 2021; The Daily Star
Chelsea Clinton focuses on promoting early brain and language development through the Too Small to Fail initiative and empowering female entrepreneurs and women-led businesses around the world through initiatives like the Caribbean-focused Women in Renewable Energy Network. She also serves on the boards of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
National Civil Rights Museum Hosts 'A Conversation with Ruby Bridges and Chelsea Clinton', February 17, 2021; Street Insider
As vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton works alongside the Foundation’s leadership and partners to help create economic opportunity, improve public health and inspire civic engagement and service across the United States and around the world. In particular, Clinton focuses on promoting early brain and language development through the Too Small to Fail initiative and empowering female entrepreneurs and women-led businesses around the world through initiatives like the Caribbean-focused Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network. She also serves on the boards of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Can We Achieve Gender Equality With Renewable Energy?, February 16, 2021; Clean Technica
Founded in 2016 by Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network is a professional development group for women working in energy in island nations in the Caribbean and Africa. Women are disproportionately affected by climate change as it exacerbates existing structural gender inequalities.
How Ariana Constant ’09, MPS ’14 is driving equitable international development programs, February 15, 2021; Cornell CALS
As director of the Clinton Development Initiative, Ariana Constant ’09, MPS ’14 supports the sustainable development and resilience of African community farming groups. With two degrees from Cornell CALS and as a returned Peace Corps volunteer with deep experience working in Africa, Ariana advocates for impact-driven programs that encourage rural agricultural economic growth and resiliency. In her work she promotes a sustainable model of international development that prioritizes local expertise, equity and collaboration.
Sending Oral Health to the Middle East, February 11, 2021; Tufts News
Yet Box for Health, the nonprofit company launched by Harmouche, D21, MG21 (MPH), and Osseiran, D22, has already reached more than 4,200 Lebanese youngsters—four times their goal—with original oral-health curricula and sustainable dental products. They have partnered with a half-dozen NGOs, received mentorship from the Clinton Global Initiative University and Tufts Venture Accelerator, set up a Shopify store to generate funding, and nurtured a devoted cadre of interns and volunteers.
When's the last time you washed your water bottle? These UNC students want to help, February 11, 2021; Daily Tar Heel
Alekhya Majety, Harshul Makwana and Kush Jain developed QUVI, a reusable water bottle sanitation device. In March, the team intends to release a prototype of the device at a UNC residence hall, in order to receive feedback from students and fine tune its invention. The team will work with the University as part of a pilot program, Jain said. They received more funding from outside UNC as a part of the Clinton Global Initiative COVID-19 cohort, where Majety, Makwana and Jain are one of 38 teams selected from 1,400 applicants across the world, Makwana said.
Former President Bill Clinton launches podcast, talks with musician Marsalis, February 4, 2021; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Former President Bill Clinton has brought his well-known gift of gab to a medium where that gift is highly regarded, with Thursday’s launch of his podcast, “Why Am I Telling You This?” Clinton’s first show, available now at iHeart.com or wherever you get your podcasts, is titled “Wynton Marsalis: How Jazz Explains Democracy.” Clinton — who gave his first presidential campaign a boost by tooting his own horn (a saxophone) on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” playing “Heartbreak Hotel” — chose a famous trumpet player as his first guest.
Bill Clinton Launches New Podcast ‘Why Am I Telling You This?’, February 4, 2021; Rolling Stone
Why Am I Telling You This? With Bill Clinton is a continuation of a podcast of the same name that Clinton and his daughter Chelsea launched in 2019 through the Clinton Foundation. That interview series featured guests like chef Jose Andres, George W. Bush, and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “We are excited and honored to partner with President Bill Clinton on his new podcast launch. He has the rare gift of having both a deep intellect and an innate ability to relate to people from all walks of life,” John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia, said in a statement. “He is a born storyteller and his curiosity about the people and ideas that make up our world is contagious.”
Bill Clinton Launches Podcast With iHeartMedia, February 4, 2021; Hollywood Reporter
The first episode of 'Why Am I Telling You This?' will feature an interview with jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. Former President Bill Clinton has released the first episode of his new podcast with iHeartMedia..."Growing up in Arkansas just after World War II in a family that didn't have a lot of money, most of our entertainment revolved around storytelling. Listening to my relatives and neighbors tell stories showed me that everyone has a story, and that everyone's story has value," Clinton said in a statement. "I always thought that the main point of my work was to give people a chance to have better stories. Once you’ve heard a person's hopes and fears, where they’ve been and where they want to go, your differences slip away -- you become people first. Now more than ever, we need those kinds of connections."
Former President Bill Clinton launches podcast, talks with musician Marsalis, February 4, 2021; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Former President Bill Clinton has brought his well-known gift of gab to a medium where that gift is highly regarded, with Thursday’s launch of his podcast, “Why Am I Telling You This?” Clinton’s first show, available now at iHeart.com or wherever you get your podcasts, is titled “Wynton Marsalis: How Jazz Explains Democracy.” Clinton — who gave his first presidential campaign a boost by tooting his own horn (a saxophone) on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” playing “Heartbreak Hotel” — chose a famous trumpet player as his first guest. Here’s the reasoning, from the podcast’s notes: “After a year in which we were all forced to improvise, and some of the most fundamental ideas and foundations of our society have been challenged, there may be no better art form to help us understand these times than jazz. In many ways, jazz is the music of democracy at its best, and shows how we can find harmony with one another and work together to become a more inclusive, kinder, and equitable nation.
ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Bridge Builders' discussion focuses on foreign and domestic relations, January 12, 2021; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
William J. Perry, secretary of defense during the Clinton administration, and moderator Joan Rohlfing, president and chief operating officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, will discuss United States-Russia relations, the importance of U.S. alliances and civilian-military relations, among other subjects, in a virtual Clinton Presidential Center "Bridge Builders" conversation, via Zoom at a time to be announced on the afternoon of Jan. 25.
12 Podcast Releases to Anticipate in 2021, December 31, 2020; The Hollywood Reporter
The former President is following in his wife’s footsteps with the launch of a new audio series that will showcase his gift for storytelling. The show, expected to touch on the issues and events that shape our world, will feature Clinton in conversation with some of the most interesting people he knows.
Chelsea Clinton Says Wearing Masks Is One of the Best Ways to Teach Kids About Kindness, December 23, 2020; Parents
Representing the Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail initiative, which promotes the importance of early brain and language development, the former first daughter recently sat down with Born This Way to have an online conversation about the ways families can use their extra time with one another right now to discuss and share kindness.
HIV medication will soon be available in a strawberry-flavored, dissolvable tablet for kids, December 2, 2020; Insider
A children's form of HIV medication that could be easier to take will soon be available as part of a partnership between the Clinton Health Access Initiative and several pharmaceutical companies. Dolutegravir, a leading HIV medication, will go on sale as a strawberry-flavored dissolvable tablet for $36 a year. Typically coming in a difficult-to-swallow pill form, the medication will now be far easier for the 160,000 children infected with HIV every year to use.
Empowering the world’s island states, December 1, 2020; Multiconsult
The Clinton Foundation has supported renewable energy planning in the Caribbean for several years through the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). The CCI works with island governments and utilities to develop scalable projects and innovative models for renewable energy transformation. CCI has partnered with 15 island states across the Caribbean and Indian Ocean, bringing together critical stakeholders from across the public and private sectors, as well as NGOs, to enable the islands’ transition to low-carbon, more resilient economies and societies. Knowledge about their opportunities within renewable energy is key to this transition.
CNY Diaper Bank distributes 25,500 diapers, November 24, 2020; Eagle News Online
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the CNY Diaper Bank in Liverpool was able to distribute 25,500 diapers to more than 500 babies in need in the Syracuse area at its Nov. 18 distribution event. In addition, the organization gave out 360 Penguin Young Readers board books courtesy of Too Small to Fail and 200 pairs of Hanna Andersson pajamas thanks to Baby2Baby. The diaper bank works with 36 partner agencies in the area to distribute more than 185,000 diapers to more than 3,500 local babies and toddlers each month.
Liberty Puerto Rico gets Foundation for Puerto Rico’s 2020 Partners for Good Award, November 23, 2020; News is my Business
Liberty Puerto Rico was one of seven companies that received the 2020 Partners for Good Award from Foundation for Puerto Rico (FPR) in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), it announced. The company was honored for its efforts to aid Puerto Rico’s recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane María in 2017, the earthquakes that hit the island’s southwestern region earlier this year, and for providing connectivity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton Reminisce About Guest-Starring on Madame Secretary, November 20, 2020; People Magazine
"I hope you realize this is a period of new beginning for our country and a period of enormous responsibility for all of us who are in a position to do our part to make a positive difference," President Clinton said. "Let's join hands, look to the future and be optimistic and practical." The work of the family's foundation expanded during the novel coronavirus pandemic to include bringing 680,000 meals to Central Arkansas communities; distributing more than 50,000 children's books, diapers and baby formulas to hard-hit communities; and providing more than 164,000 doses of naloxone, which rapidly revives people who overdose from opioids.
Bill Clinton Foundation Hosts Discussion of Affordable Housing, November 20, 2020; MReport
In today’s second installment of the series, “Affordable Housing and (Re)Building the American Dream,” President Clinton discusses the challenges that communities of color face when it comes to affordable homes, building generational wealth through homeownership, and what solutions could help with the lack of opportunities for minorities when it comes to housing. The Clinton Foundation partnered with Caliber Home Loans and The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth to bring housing industry leaders and politicians together for discussion in this latest video conference.
Chelsea Clinton wants Trump, allies to build support for a Covid-19 vaccine, November 19, 2020; STAT
Clinton, who as vice chair of the Clinton Foundation has made combatting vaccine hesitancy a key part of her public health work, did make it clear that she doesn’t think the Trump administration has done enough to build demand and ensure that Americans will get vaccinated when they can, especially among people who are already hesitant about vaccines.
Clinton Foundation honors SUSLA administrator, November 18, 2020; ArkLaTex
Melva Williams, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at SUSLA, is being honored for her commitment to prepare transformational leaders in higher education at the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Due to coronavirus concerns, this year’s Clinton Foundation’s benefit will be held virtually. As member of the Presidential Leadership Scholars community, Williams was featured as an “everyday hero” for her extraordinary work and contributions on pressing challenges facing the nation and the world.
House math complicates Cabinet calculus, November 18, 2020; Politico
Two of the frontrunners to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development are appearing at the same event tomorrow, housing ace KATY O’DONNELL tells us. Former Virginia Secretary of Commerce MAURICE JONES and Atlanta Mayor KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS will be speaking with Bill Clinton about affordable housing as part of the Clinton Foundation’s “Inclusive Economic Recovery Series.”
Foundation for Puerto Rico, Clinton Global Initiative recognize work of 7 co.’s, November 17, 2020; News Is My Business
Foundation for Puerto Rico (FPR), in collaboration with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), held the first Partners for Good Awards 2020 during which they recognized the work of seven companies, as well as the role each played in Puerto Rico’s recovery after hurricanes Irma and María, and the earthquakes that affected the southern region of the island earlier this year. “Puerto Rico, like the rest of the world, is facing the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the greatest challenges in modern history. However, unlike other countries in the world, our island has faced three natural disasters in three years,” said FPR President Annie Mayol.
Clinton Foundation '19 donations tick up, November 16, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Donations to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation rose in 2019, with giving up for the first time since 2014, according to Internal Revenue Service filings this month…Based on the data in the 990 forms, the foundation appears to be financially sound, according to Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. "They obviously have a good-sized group of contributors. They have a terrific endowment, all of which are much better than typical charities," he said. "If you compare the Clinton Foundation, say, to any of the big Washington think tanks, it does very well."
They will extend in 2021 a health and drinking water program that benefits 42,000 families, November 9, 2020; Dominican Today
The president-founder of BRA, Ulrick Gaillard, explained that this project is part of the “Commitment to Action” signed in 2015 by him and Bill Clinton, president of the Clinton Foundation; Secretary Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, vice president of that organization, to donate 90 million liters of drinking water through P & G’s “Clean Water for Children” program in homes in highly vulnerable areas of the Dominican Republic.
B.C. medical student tackling Surrey's rise in COVID-19 cases, November 7, 2020; CTV News
In August, Sachal received a grant from the Clinton Foundation’s COVID-19 Student Action Fund. The money helped pay for things like signs in different languages and masks that could be tied around turbans. “I was one of two Canadians out of 38 selected from around the world to get this grant,” he said. “It was really to make a difference in your community, what can you do in a culturally specific way to impact your community.”
Lafayette Library participating in national learning, reading campaign, November 6, 2020; KATC
The Lafayette Public Library is proudly participating in a national campaign to boost the early learning and brain development of children from birth through age three. The "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" campaign is part of Too Small to Fail, a national initiative of the Clinton Foundation… "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" aims to give parents and caregivers the tools to talk, read and sing more with their young children from birth, increasing meaningful interactions that are critical to healthy brain development. This initiative aims to help prepare children for critical language, math, and social-emotional skills they will need when entering kindergarten as well as lay a strong foundation for their social-emotional development, health, and lifelong learning.
Med student working to spread public health message in Punjabi, November 6, 2020; CBC News
Armed with grant money from the Clinton Foundation and Canada Service Corps, the second-year UBC medical student kicked off the COVID-19 Sikh Gurdwara Initiative — an outreach project that includes distributing masks and educating folks on public health safety during the pandemic in a culturally relevant way.
Kick Launches New Podcast Series Called KCAST, October 30, 2020; Ad World
With the US Election Day looming next week, the latest episode of KCAST has an interview with former Clinton media advisor and current chief communications and marketing officer, Craig Minassian. Minassian’s career has included being assistant press secretary and director of television news in the White House for President Clinton and on numerous presidential campaigns including Clinton/Gore in 1996 and Secretary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. Since 2005 he has worked as chief communications and marketing officer for the Clinton Foundation, as well as marketing for FIFA USA ’94 and Comic Relief USA for HBO. Minassian talks frankly about the role of communications in this extraordinary election and how media is shaping voter’s views in the US. He delivers insights and analysis of the US relationship with Ireland, and how Bill Clinton’s communications skills were a key driver in the talks that led to the Good Friday Agreement.
Diaspora Back to School Supplies Drive Raises US$14,000, October 27, 2020; Caribbean National Weekly
Thanks to several Diaspora organizations, partners, and individual donors, donations exceeded approximately 14k USD and were used exclusively to purchase school supplies that will benefit over 1500 students across Jamaica in over 20 schools. The school supplies are currently en route to Jamaica. The drive organized by the Ministry of National Security and supported by the Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network (JDTAN), the Jamaica Canada Association (JCA) and Canada Coast to Coast, Too Small to Fail, the Clinton Foundation, and more.
Q&A: Clinton Foundation on how to 'sustain the work' during the pandemic, October 19, 2020; Devex
The Clinton Foundation moved to address the “other effects” of COVID-19, according to CEO Kevin Thurm, including rising rates of food insecurity and financial losses for small businesses. Other areas of work on boosting climate change partnerships and supporting smallholder farmers in Africa also continues. The foundation recently announced that, alongside its partner Africa Improved Foods, it doubled its sales of soybeans from Malawian farmers this season, generating more than $773,000. Thurm talked with Devex in a recent phone interview about how the foundation is structuring its pandemic response, and what the loss of in-person gatherings means for the organization.
The heroes in our midst, October 19, 2020; Jamaica Observer
We recently attended the virtual awards presentation for the Caribbean Tree Planting: Empowering Youth Climate Action, held by the Clinton Global Initiative and the CariPhil Alliance. Jamaican Mary McLaughlin, the visionary founder of Trees That Feed is working along with 13 youth ambassadors in the Caribbean. She noted that nearly one-third of the target of one million trees had been planted over the past year in the following territories: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Croix, St Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago.
Bill Clinton Talks Health and Social Justice at HU Homecoming, October 15, 2020; WHUR
Today, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will join Howard University’s virtual Homecoming 2020 programming, participating in the event through partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) program. Chelsea Clinton will participate in a conversation with Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick about the intersection of public health and social justice; a panel of Howard University alumni who are also alumni of the CGI U program will discuss how they’ve made a difference in their communities; and President Clinton will make a major announcement about CGI U in 2021.
Empathy is an underrated weapon in fighting vaccine skepticism, October 13, 2020; Fortune
The central theme of the virtual panel, hosted by Clinton Foundation vice chair Chelsea Clinton, was reliance on close relationships as a foundation for honest dialogue about vaccines. Yet even taking that approach, the fight against misinformation is daunting, given the sheer amount of it present on social media platforms. “Social media could tip the scales if it wanted to in favor of truth, and the companies do not choose to do that on the whole,” said Ernst. “It not only increases the spread of misinformation, … it also groups people together so that their incorrect ideas don’t seem as abnormal as they otherwise would.”
UTech Students In Finals Of IBM Coding Competition, October 13, 2020; Jamaica Gleaner
"They had quite a few interesting judges for the competition. Bill Clinton, former president of the United States, was one of the judges. It is an honour to know that people who have made waves in society and who have established themselves can look at these solutions we students have made and see value in it and believe that it should be placed at the top." Success is no stranger to the members of the team. In 2018, Gentles alongside Thompson and Brown entered a United Nations (UN) sponsored global hackathon and in 2019, they were inducted as UN youth experts on technology and agriculture. Pinnock, the fourth member of the team, is a climate change and sustainable development advocate who has done work with the Clinton Global Initiative.
Hofstra graduate develops two apps to support mental health during the pandemic, October 11, 2020; Hofstra Chronicle
“Having an app to communicate with, in a time when interpersonal communication is so limited, would have been such a great way to still ensure emotions were recognized and managed,” said Heather Sanders, a sophomore secondary education and Spanish double major. “I look forward to exploring an idea like this more in the future.” This year Lai and his business partner, Justin Kim, received a COVID-19 grant from the Clinton Foundation’s Student Action fund. They have used this grant to fund their Cress Cares initiative, which focuses on providing mental health support to people around the globe.
Curbside Couture goes virtual tonight, October 11, 2020; KARK
The Clinton Presidential Center will host the Curbside Couture 2020 Virtual Fashion Show featuring 29 handmade looks by student designers. The show starts tonight at 7:00 p.m. The Clinton Center’s annual Curbside Couture, Arkansas’s largest “green” fashion show, was postponed in April due to COVID-19. The virtual platform allows the student designers and their models to safely showcase their hard work and creativity. Curbside Couture offers students in third through twelfth grades the opportunity to apply their creative and technical skills to create wearable designs made of recycled material.
Clinton Global Initiative University Partners With Morehouse College For Virtual Event, October 9, 2020; WABE
Former President Bill Clinton is using his platform to bring awareness to the social injustice suffered by many African Americans. President Clinton said, “Of course the shootings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others have also reminds us that still, the person’s skin color determines how they are treated in nearly every aspect of American life.” The former president spoke Thursday as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University in partnership with Atlanta’s Morehouse College. Panelists shared strategies to help build what they called a more inclusive racial economy. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton led the health panel discussion. She said health inequality affects Black Americans at a greater rate, and in turn, more Black Americans are dying from COVID-19.
Bill, Chelsea Clinton talk health, economic growth at Morehouse forum, October 8, 2020; Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, made a virtual visit to Morehouse College Thursday in which they discussed economic empowerment opportunities and ways to improve health conditions in African American communities amid the coronavirus pandemic. The online appearance by the Clintons was part of a nearly two-hour long forum by the Clinton Global Initiative University and the Atlanta college, which is dedicated to educating Black men. It was the initiative’s first endeavor with one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities. Initiative officials pointed to Morehouse’s work in civil rights and its business program among the reasons it wanted to partner with the college.
ThedaCare receives 2,145 books from donation, October 7, 2020; Waushara Argus
On Oct. 6, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin staff is delivering 2,145 books, donated by the Too Small to Fail initiative of the Clinton Foundation, to ThedaCare to distribute among 25 clinics. The donated value is $5 a book, totaling $10,725. “We are extremely grateful to Reach Out and Read Wisconsin for this generous donation,” said Piwoni. “Through these books, parents and caregivers will be supported in building skills to develop bonds with their children, enhancing their development.” ThedaCare clinics have been participating in the Reach Out and Read program for several years. The year of 2020 marked a milestone as every ThedaCare clinic is now participating in the program.
Miller Center Event Focuses On Smooth Presidential Transition, No Matter Who Wins, October 2, 2020; UVA Today
The nonpartisan virtual event was hosted by the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition, along with the Miller Center, the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, the Clinton Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the Obama Foundation. Panelists included former chiefs of staff, advisers and staff members from the Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, many of whom had direct experience navigating presidential transitions. They discussed transition planning, presidential transitions during national crises, and the transition from campaigning to governing, exploring each scenario for both first-term presidents transitioning to a second term and newly elected presidents taking office.
Bill Clinton, Harvard Med. School student among speakers at upcoming diversity summit, October 1, 2020; Boston Globe
Harvard Medical School student LaShyra Nolen will join former President Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea Clinton and a host of other luminaries for a “virtual event” Oct. 8 to discuss strategies for building “a more inclusive future” through entrepreneurship, innovation, and recruiting a diverse workforce, the Clinton Foundation said Thursday. The event is a partnership between Clinton Global Initiative University, or CGI U, an arm of the foundation, and Morehouse College, a historically Black college founded in 1867 in Atlanta, the statement said.
Bill and Chelsea Clinton to do virtual workshop with Morehouse College, October 1, 2020; Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, will discuss ways to support student leaders, creating an inclusive society and health equity issues with Morehouse College officials during a virtual workshop next week. The Oct. 8 event is part of the Clinton Global Initiative University’s expanded year-round curriculum aimed at creating opportunities for students to engage with national and global leaders, and coordinate action with their peers. It is the Clinton Foundation’s first event with Morehouse, the nation’s only Historically Black College & University focused on educating men.
One is how the nonprofit sector has had to innovate and adapt to provide relief during the pandemic, in many areas the federal government would otherwise take on. For example, the Clinton Foundation quickly shifted programs to help people impacted by Covid, including working with partners to provide what is now more than 680,000 meals to Central Arkansas families in need and delivering over 150,000 doses of Naloxone to first responders and recovery organizations to cope with the spike in opioid overdoses since the pandemic began. While Covid has forced education to move online, a positive trend is how the tech sector, particularly organizations dedicated to the open web, has been democratizing access to knowledge, combating misinformation and even providing job training -- fundamental changes in how we learn that will last well beyond the pandemic and provide greater opportunity to more people globally.
PODCASTING: Clinton to join wife with his own podcast, September 29, 2020; Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
There's no word yet on what the new podcast will be called. But Deadline.com confirmed it will happen through the Clinton Foundation. "The show will be built on his gift for storytelling, his ability to explain complex issues in a relatable way and showcase his wide range of interests and well-known intellectual curiosity through conversations about the ideas and events that continue to shape his work and our world," said Craig Minassian, chief communications and marketing officer for the Clinton Foundation.
IBM 2020 Call for Code Top 5 Global Finalists Announced, September 28, 2020; The Weather Channel
For the first time, IBM partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative University to announce a University Edition within Call for Code, which gave more than 53,000 college students around the world an opportunity to help create solutions to fight COVID-19 and climate change. The 2020 Call for Code Challenge University finalists are: Kairos App (Latin America); Lupe (Europe); Pandemap (Asia Pacific); Plant-it (North America); and Rechargd (Asia Pacific).
IBM's 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge finalists taking on COVID-19 and climate change, September 28, 2020; Diginomica
The Call for Code community includes the David Clark Cause, United Nations Human Rights Office, The Linux Foundation, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative University, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Verizon, Persistent Systems, Arrow Electronics, HERE Technologies, Ingram Micro, IntelePeer, Consumer Technology Association Foundation, World Bank, Caribbean Girls Hack, Kode with Klossy, World Institute on Disability, and many more.
Laundry Literacy Summit Goes Virtual for 3rd Edition, September 28, 2020; American Coin-Op
Separated physically by the COVID pandemic, organizers of the 3rd annual LaundryCares Literacy Summit still managed to bring hundreds of vended laundry owners, librarians, educators, philanthropists and others together virtually for a three-day event spread over two weeks in mid-September. Since 2015, the LaundryCares Foundation, an affiliate of the Coin Laundry Association, and Too Small to Fail have focused on the role of Laundromats in promoting children’s early literacy development. This year’s virtual series conducted via Zoom was designed to bolster awareness, access and action. Throughout the event, participants were encouraged to transform inspiration into action by creating their own plan that would spell out the concrete steps they will take to make a positive difference in their community.
Campaigns, Covid-19 and a court fight, September 28, 2020; Politico
Consumption of sugar and calories from beverages fell by 2.4 percent in 2019, while beverage sales volume increased, according to a new report from Keybridge LLC that was prepared for the American Beverage Association and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The analysis, coming out later today, offers an update on the groups’ 2014 initiative to cut the amount of calories that consumers get from beverages by 20 percent by 2025. Read the report here.
PAPER TRAILS: Ginsburg’s talk set off tickets rush, September 27, 2020; Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It was the night the Notorious RBG came to town. On Sept. 3, 2019, over 13,000 people packed what was then Verizon Arena in North Little Rock to hear diminutive, nattily dressed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak. The late Ginsburg had long been on the wish list of speakers for the Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series, which is hosted by the Clinton School of Public Service and the Clinton Foundation, and she finally committed after an invitation from President Bill Clinton.
US continues to reduce calorie and sugar consumption from drinks, September 27, 2020; New Food Magazine
“We are pleased to see continued progress toward the 2025 beverage calorie reduction target,” said Kathy Higgins, chief executive officer at Healthier Generation. “Though we have much to learn in the coming year about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on beverage consumption patterns, Healthier Generation remains committed to its long-term work of ensuring that families across the nation have more access to beverages with little or no sugar.”
Caribbean Business And Finance Report, September 18, 2020; News Americas Now
Former United States President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea will participate in a virtual conference to drive action on resilience efforts in the Caribbean. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network will continue to address the urgent need to foster economic recovery and growth in the Caribbean while also grappling with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Bill and Chelsea Clinton Working to Help Caribbean Destinations, September 17, 2020; Travel Pulse
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network will continue to address the urgent need to foster economic recovery and growth in the Caribbean while also grappling with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Despite the threats, efforts in the Caribbean to transform the region into a climate-resilient zone have been mobilized and many new solutions are needed to tackle the complex challenges that have arisen due to the global health crisis. The discussions are a part of an ongoing series of virtual events hosted by the Clinton Foundation this fall that will inspire action through the Too Small to Fail (TSTF) early childhood initiative, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and other events focused on domestic economic recovery in light of the global pandemic.
IBM announces the 2020 Call for Code regional finalists, September 16, 2020; The Next Web
Over the past three years, it has been really exciting to see developers use their skills and creativity to tackle some of the most difficult issues of our time. This year, we asked developers to take on the urgency of COVID-19 and climate change and they’ve responded with more engagement and enthusiasm than ever. The regional finalists are impressive solutions powered by open source technologies that can scale around the world. We can’t wait to work with these teams to see what kind of difference they can make in their communities and beyond. The current list of regional winners will be whittled down to the challenge’s finalists between now and 13 October, at which time an esteemed panel of judges featuring President Bill Clinton, entrepreneur Mark Cuban, and many others will announce this year’s winner.
Clinton Global Initiative to host week of action for resilience in the Caribbean, September 15, 2020; Jamaica Observer
President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea are set to virtually convene members of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network next week to drive action on resilience efforts in the Caribbean. The virtual events are scheduled to take place from September 21 to September 24. The network said that as the global community continues to address climate change and extreme weather events, its members are also addressing the urgent need to foster economic recovery and growth in the Caribbean in the wake of COVID-19. It noted that with continued threat of the 2020 hurricane season and challenges faced amid COVID-19, Caribbean communities could face compounding and potentially devastating impacts. As such, it argued, many new solutions are needed to tackle the complex challenges that have risen due to the global health crisis.
Bill Clinton reportedly launching podcast with iHeartMedia, September 9, 2020; New York Post
Former President Bill Clinton will launch a podcast early next year with iHeartMedia, according to a report. The podcast, first reported by Deadline, will be distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network, part of iHeartMedia, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. At Will Media and the Clinton Foundation will also co-produce the venture. Reached for comment by the outlet, a Clinton Foundation spokesman confirmed the deal, saying in a statement, “The podcast is inspired by President Clinton’s belief that the purpose of his work in public service is to give people the opportunity to live their best life story.”
Bill Clinton Is Launching A Podcast With iHeartMedia, September 8, 2020; Forbes
Craig Minassian, the chief communications and marketing officer for the Clinton Foundation, told Forbes the podcast is inspired by Clinton’s belief that “the purpose of his work in public service is to give people the opportunity to live their best life story.” The Clinton Foundation is a partner in the new podcast, which will build on one that Clinton hosted last year for the foundation, a source familiar with the plans told Deadline. The Clinton Foundation’s podcast Why Am I Telling You This? featured daughter Chelsea Clinton as a host and had high-profile guests including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former President George W. Bush.
Bill Clinton to launch podcast, September 8, 2020; The Hill
Former President Bill Clinton is gearing up to launch a podcast next year. The podcast is scheduled to be released early next year and is the product of a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and IHeartMedia, a close source told Deadline. Craig Minassian, who serves as chief communications and marketing officer for the foundation, told Deadline the podcast is inspired by Clinton’s “belief that the purpose of his work in public service is to give people the opportunity to live their best life story.”
Bill Clinton to Launch Podcast ‘Built on His Gift for Storytelling,’ September 8, 2020; Rolling Stone
Former President Bill Clinton will be launching a new podcast, as Deadline reports. Created in a partnership between his Clinton Foundation and iHeartMedia, the podcast is expected to launch early next year. “The podcast is inspired by President Clinton’s belief that the purpose of his work in public service is to give people the opportunity to live their best life story,” Craig Minassian, chief communications and marketing officer for the Clinton Foundation, told Deadline. “The show will be built on his gift for storytelling, his ability to explain complex issues in a relatable way and showcase his wide-range of interests and well-known intellectual curiosity through conversations about the ideas and events that continue to shape his work and our world.”
Former President Bill Clinton To Launch Podcast For iHeartMedia, September 8, 2020; Deadline
The foundation’s original podcast, Why Am I Telling You This?, also featured Chelsea Clinton as host, with guests including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, José Andrés, Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, early childhood education experts Ralph Smith and Dr. Susan Neuman, Stonewall Inn co-owner Kurt Kelly, NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship coach Dawn Staley and Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer. One episode featured a conversation between former President George W. Bush and Clinton that was taped as part of Presidential Leadership Scholars program, which their foundations work on together. Lately the Clinton Foundation has had a recent focus on the coronavirus pandemic and supporting those in need. “The podcast is inspired by President Clinton’s belief that the purpose of his work in public service is to give people the opportunity to live their best life story,” said Craig Minassian, chief communications and marketing officer for the Clinton Foundation, who confirmed the deal.
Incarcerated Youth Need Books to Combat Their Increased Isolation, September 2, 2020; Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
It is up to all of us to mitigate the impact of this well-intended isolation on mental health and remember that it is important to recognize that youth in custody are children — with children’s needs. This is why the Clinton Foundation works to co-create a more nurturing, humanizing and resilience-building juvenile justice system. We recognize the impact of trauma on children and the need to contribute to protective factors for children in residential confinement. When I reached out to partners at the Center for Excellent Education in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) to ask how we might help mitigate the negative consequences of isolation, I was told that one of the greatest needs for their youth was “books, books, books!” So, through a new effort between Clinton Health Matters Initiative and Too Small to Fail, the Foundation’s early childhood initiative, we worked to secure support from Penguin Young Readers, who generously donated new high-quality books to distribute. CEEAS identified five secure youth facilities in Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, Wisconsin and Wyoming to receive these resources.
Liberian Student Awarded CGI University Covid-19 Action Fund, September 1, 2020; Liberian Observer
Kulubo Nyamahlorpu Koquoi, a senior student of the African Methodist Episcopal University, has been selected out of thousands of students globally as one of the 38 recipients for the 2020 COVID-19 Student Action Fund, awarded by Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) University in the United States. The recipients represent 17 countries and 29 institutions of higher learning. Her winning project, Keeping Women Safe Against COVID-19 and SGBV will impact women and girls in rural Montserrado and Margibi Counties in Liberia by training them on the preventive measures of COVID-19 and to educate them about SGBV and its reporting. “I want to minimize the issue of SGBV and the lack of information amongst women in rural communities when it comes to Covid-19 and SGBV”, Kulubo said. The COVID-19 Student Action Fund was launched by the CGI University on April 18, 2020, at the CGI University at home virtual event hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. The fund identifies and supports select students at universities around the world who are committed to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clinton Foundation works to put naloxone in recovery homes as opioid epidemic is overshadowed by COVID pandemic, August 31, 2020; USA Today
A new initiative through the Clinton Foundation, Direct Relief International and other nonprofit and advocacy groups aims to curtail the overdose epidemic that is now largely overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition has delivered 155,000 doses of the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone to recovery homes in five states hit hard by overdoses. The U.S. Surgeon General and state governments have encouraged wide distribution of the drug in recent years, but recovery organizations that are in closest contact with people dependent on opioids often struggle to afford newer, more expensive versions of the drug. Former President Bill Clinton and other backers of the initiative hope stocking naloxone in sober recovery homes will bring the lifesaving drug closer to those who need it: people in the early stages of recovery who are vulnerable to relapse as economic and social pressures mount during the pandemic.
The Clinton Foundation announced they have distributed more than 20,000 doses of naloxone to recovery residences and community organizations in Little Rock. The lifesaving opioid overdose reversal drug has been given out at no cost. This is part of a new partnership with the Clinton Foundation, Direct Relief, the Voices Project, the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, and local partner the Arkansas Harm Reduction Project.
Six IDEA Public Schools in El Paso named to 2020 List of America’s Healthiest Schools, August 31, 2020; El Paso Herald-Post
Six schools across IDEA Public Schools in El Paso are among the 517 schools nationwide to earn a spot on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation‘s (Healthier Generation) 2020 list of America’s Healthiest Schools. The following campuses to be named as some of America’s Healthiest Schools are: IDEA Rio Vista Academy, IDEA Rio Vista College Prep, IDEA Edgemere Academy, IDEA Edgemere College Prep, IDEA Mesa Hills Academy and IDEA Mesa Hills College Prep. The schools are to be honored for their commitment to promoting quality nutrition, regular physical activity and strong wellness policies. Though these schools were evaluated on practices taking place prior to the COVID-19 school closures, they leveraged their strong foundations in wellness and were positioned to prioritize healthy habits throughout the pandemic.
Jarvis Christian College team creates COVID-19 awareness, prevention campaign, August 28, 2020; Tyler Morning Telegraph
CC is among 29 colleges to receive assistance from the Clinton Global Initiative University COVID-19 Student Action Fund for student projects related to helping those in need during the pandemic. Sophomore business major Yeremia Kibangu and freshman accounting major Joslyn Prince are the commitment makers, or project leaders, for the CGI U at Jarvis. Together, they’ve created the public service awareness and prevention campaign called “Your Life Matters!: COVID-19 is Color Blind.” Through this campaign, Prince and Kibangu created a video showcasing how people of color have a higher rate of infection compared to other communities, while encouraging people to wear masks and social distance.The CGI U student action fund is geared toward 38 innovative social impact projects addressing the public health, economic and societal impacts of COVID-19.
ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Supreme Court exhibit opens, applications open for Arts on Tour, August 27, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Michael Tyler, author of the children's picture book "The Skin You Live In," will discuss the book's lessons — friendship, acceptance, self-esteem and diversity — and how an experience with his young son led him to write it in an "Inspiring Conversation," online 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, part of the Clinton Foundation's "Bridge Builders" series. Sponsor is Coulson Oil. Register at tinyurl.com/y5jjvzyj.
How could floating solar help island nations decarbonize their power systems?, August 27, 2020; Solar Plaza
Seychelles currently has an expensive and carbon-intensive power system. While it is blessed with high solar energy potential, it has very limited land available for ground-mounted solar PV development…The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) has supported the island’s transition to renewable energy since 2013. After two years of successful collaboration with the government of Seychelles across different content areas, CCI was invited to support the government in increasing the country’s RE mix through the development of the world’s first utility-scale marine FPV project. As a result, the 4 MW project became the first marine FPV project of CCI’s Islands Energy Program. Founded in 2012, the Islands Energy Program aims to advance bankable and sustainable RE and energy efficiency projects on islands.
Women At The Forefront Of Puerto Rico’s Energy Revolution, August 26, 2020; Forbes
Solar Libre field manager, Paola Pagnán, manages all of the the organization’s island projects. She says it’s the students in the apprentice program that push the initiative forward. In the first cohort, five women and three men participated. This may be a small ratio difference in gender, but it holds significance, considering that while women make up more than 50% of university students in most countries, they represent only 32% of the renewable energy industry, according to Women In Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network. An initiative of the Clinton Global Initiative, WIRE is a professional development group for women working in energy in island nations across the Caribbean and Africa. The network has proven to be a tremendous resource for Vanessa and Genmoji in terms of access to technical data access and mentorship.
On Women's Equality Day, OKC artist Marilyn Artus' finished three-year 'Her Flag' project celebrating the 19th Amendment centennial premieres at Clinton Presidential Center, August 26, 2020; The Oklahoman
Artus' completed "Her Flag" - a cross-country, collaborative project to celebrate the women's suffrage movement - makes its official debut Wednesday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wednesday is Women's Equality Day, which commemorates the Aug. 26, 1920, adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. "I want to raise awareness about women's history and women's role in our democracy. So many people weren't really aware of how hard the suffrage fight was and didn't know about women of color's role. ... It was a fight. It was a full-on fight. It came up so many times. It was voted on so many times and failed over and over and over again. It just shows that you can't give up on your dreams - and you can't give up on our government," Artus said.
42 bar and table open for delivery, curbside, August 26, 2020; Arkansas Times
42 Bar and Table, the restaurant located on the ground floor of the Clinton Presidential Center, launched a curbside pickup and downtown delivery service Monday, Aug. 24. The restaurant’s been closed to the public since mid-March but has prepared nearly 700,000 meals for the Pulaski County COVID-19 Meals Program, spokeswoman Rebecca Tennille said. The meals program began March 14 and ran through the summer. The Clinton Foundation partnered with Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Arkansas Foodbank, the Be Mighty campaign, Central Arkansas Library System, City of Little Rock, Club Eco Kids, ECO kids, Equal Heart, Fab 44, FEED First USA, Go Fresh, Little Rock School District, Pulaski County School District, Our House and World Central Kitchen to feed thousands of students across Central Arkansas.
Healthier Generation Celebrates School Leaders Addressing Student Health Needs Relevant During COVID-19 Crisis, August 25, 2020; Yahoo! Finance
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation), one of the nation's preeminent children's health organizations, is honoring 517 schools across the nation – 78% of which serve students from under-resourced communities – for promoting quality nutrition, regular physical activity and strong wellness policies. Though the submission data for this year's list – recognized annually as "America's Healthiest Schools" – was gathered prior to COVID-19-related school closures, schools that leveraged these strong foundations in wellness were positioned to prioritize healthy habits throughout the pandemic.
LaundryCares Literacy Summit Goes Virtual in September, August 20, 2020; American Coin-Op
Laundry Cares Foundation and Too Small To Fail, the early childhood initiative of the Clinton Foundation, will present the LaundryCares Literacy Summit as a fall webinar series next month. The series focuses on the high need of young children and their families to find early literacy in everyday spaces and why Laundromats are the ideal place to provide those services. There will be keynotes from former President Bill Clinton; Chelsea Clinton; Cindy McCain; Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading; Judge Ramona Gonzalez, immediate past president of the Council of Juvenile and Family Courts; Brian Wallace, CEO of the Coin Laundry Association; and Patti Miller, director of Too Small To Fail.
Little Rock chef answers state Democrats' roll call, August 19, 2020; Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Standing outside the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, he revealed the state's Democrats' pick for president. In a pre-recorded video, he also highlighted efforts by World Central Kitchen and the Clinton Foundation to feed the hungry during the coronavirus shutdown. It's an effort Alaquinez knows a lot about. For weeks, he delivered hundreds of meals, picking them up from the Clinton Center and distributing them to people in need.
Five GW Students Receive CGI U COVID-19 Action Fund Awards, August 18, 2020; GW Today
Five George Washington University students were selected as Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) COVID-19 Student Action Fund recipients for their innovative ideas to address various aspects of the pandemic. Diana Aguilera, Elizabeth Diing Manyang, Konstantin Mitic, Omar Negron-Ocasio and Divya Rath were all awarded grants for their projects that approach COVID-19 from an international perspective. CGI U, a higher education program under former President Bill Clinton’s foundation, began in 2007 and incorporates year-round programming and mentorship networks. It launched the COVID-19 Student Action Fund in April during the CGI U At Home virtual event, and the fund identified students from member institutions globally who demonstrated a commitment to addressing the pandemic.
OKC artist Marilyn Artus to sew on the final stripe of 'Her Flag' Tuesday, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, August 17, 2020; The Oklahoman
The project has been chronicled for an upcoming documentary, for which the first teaser trailer was recently released, along with a short film about Artus' participation in the 2020 Rose Parade. As previously reported, Artus was among 100 women and men who walked with a float celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in the Jan. 1 parade. She officially represented Oklahoma as one of the 36 states to ratify the amendment into law. The completed "Her Flag" - which measures a whopping 18 feet by 26 feet - will be first displayed at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Women's Equality Day, Aug. 26. That date is also the centennial anniversary when the 19th Amendment was officially enrolled into the U.S. Constitution.
"We know it's really important, especially for a new vaccine, to start these conversation early," said Chelsea Clinton, who does vaccine advocacy work with the Clinton Foundation. "We saw how important that was many decades ago when the polio vaccine first emerged in the mid-1950s. So we know what we need to be doing. We're just not doing it." Clinton, who has degrees in public health and international relations, and did research on the global fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, said a larger-scale vaccine education effort should have come out months ago, considering that anti-vaxxers have been flooding social media with scary lies about vaccines against Covid-19.
Chelsea Clinton fights misinformation on vaccine safety, August 13, 2020; Union Journal
While some families in the US are concerned about the potential effects of taking a vaccine, others are exploiting fears by spreading misinformation online. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen speaks with vaccine advocate Chelsea Clinton about the battle for facts.
UBC medical student to receive Clinton Foundation grant, August 13, 2020; CanIndia News
Sukhmeet Singh Sachal, a second-year medical student at the University of British Columbia, is one of two Canadians among 38 youth worldwide to have received funding from the Clinton Foundation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. As many as 1,400 youth from all over the world had applied to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) COVID-19 Student Action Fund and after much scrutiny, 38 projects were selected. Sukhmeet has committed to implementing public health interventions at Sikh temples in British Columbia to protect elderly patrons and the general public.
IBM, Grillo, and the Linux Foundation partner on early earthquake detection systems, August 11, 2020; Venture Beat
IBM, which originally supported Grillo through the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network, says it will add OpenEEW technologies to its Call for Code deployment pipeline supported by the Linux Foundation. Call for Code, which was launched in May 2018, aims to combine data, AI, and blockchain technologies to create systems that allow for better responses to natural disasters. IBM previously said it would spend $30 million over five years to rally developers around the program.
Foundation for Puerto Rico, Clinton Foundation join forces to help small businesses, August 7, 2020; News Is My Business
Foundation for Puerto Rico has joined forces with the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network to conduct a virtual series of Educational Seminars on Resilience Small Business in Puerto Rico, comprising four virtual workshops focused on increasing the economic resilience of small businesses, the nonprofits said. “In this historical moment the world is experiencing, resilience takes on even greater relevance. It’s vital for the economy, both in Puerto Rico and in the world, to develop resilience in small entrepreneurs. They’re to a large extent the backbone of the island’s economy,” said Lissy De Santis, CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative.
50,000 of Cayman’s COVID test kits heading to Zimbabwe, August 3, 2020, Cayman Compass
A statement from the Governor’s Office on Friday, said ELMA has donated the test kits to the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is sending them to Zimbabwe “which is one of the most resource-constrained countries in Africa facing an urgent shortage of such test kits as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads”. As of Monday, 3,921 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Zimbabwe, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Centre statistics. Media reports in Zimbabwe state that the country’s health department has reported that around 1,200 tests are completed daily for a population of more than 14 million.
World Bank Notes HarvestPlus Malawi’s Role in Wins For Southern Africa Project, July 31, 2020; Harvest Plus
In another example of effective partnership in Malawi, HarvestPlus joined forces with the Clinton Foundation and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to set up demonstration plots around the country to introduce farmers to biofortified and drought-tolerant maize varieties. The demonstration plot approach in Malawi is reaching about 30,000 farmers and is an entry point to engage farming communities in ways that they can become more climate-resilient and have access to nutritionally enriched food.
Farmers in drought-prone Rwinkwavu find gold in climate-resilient horticulture, July 24, 2020; The New Times
The main contributors of the fruit seedlings in the efforts to reforest the area are the Kayonza District, Clinton Foundation, National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) and the Project for Rural Income through Exports (PRICE) implemented by NAEB. PRICE has been operational since 2012, promoting coffee, tea, fruits, vegetables, sericulture and essential oils, by, among others, providing grants to farmers across the country to expand their agribusinesses. This is the project that is distributing seedlings to farmers in Rwinkwavu who were interested in growing fruits as a profession and has been sensitizing them on the benefits of horticulture.
ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Lonnie G. Bunch III to lecture, July 21, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and previously the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, will give Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture, virtually, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 under the auspices of the Clinton Foundation and Clinton School of Public Service. Reserve a “seat” at tinyurl.com/y7dwkp5a or email [email protected]. More information and a link to view the lecture will be sent by email at a later date.
MacArthur Foundation names $100 million competition finalists, July 20, 2020; Chicago Tribune
Projects to fight mosquito-borne disease and to bring reporters to American “news deserts” are among the finalists in the MacArthur Foundation’s new competition to give away $100 million. The Chicago philanthropy on Monday announced the six finalists and their plans in the second edition of its big-ticket funding effort dubbed 100&Change. They are…Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, which would arm hospitals in low- and middle-income countries with the necessary tools to fight low blood oxygen, a preventable complicating factor in more than 800,000 annual deaths.
Collaboration is key to accelerate resilient solar projects in the Caribbean, July 20, 2020; Power Engineering International
Collaboration amongst policymakers and regulators will help accelerate the resiliency and installation of solar projects across the Caribbean, according to a new report. The report has been released by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the Clinton Foundation and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. The study highlights how solar projects can help improve communities’ livelihoods, enable cost savings, build resilience, and reduce dependency on foreign oil. By collaborating, Caribbean island nations can ensure the correct equipment is available, known practices are enforced and that solar projects are developed and built with the highest standards.
Those celebrating the life of John Lewis include former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In an exclusive interview with "CBS This Morning," they told Gayle King how they were heavily influenced by his leadership. Lewis served over 30 years in Congress, working closely with both Clintons through the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. The Clintons remember him as a loyal friend and a man who for many years was "the nation's conscience" in Congress. They told King the best way to remember Lewis is by exercising the right to vote that he fought for and spent a lifetime working to protect.
Bill and Hillary Clinton on John Lewis death: 'We have lost a giant', July 18, 2020; The Hill
Former President Bill Clinton and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton marked the passing of Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Friday, calling him "a giant" and praising his lifelong fight for justice and equality. "We have lost a giant. John Lewis gave all he had to redeem America’s unmet promise of equality and justice for all, and to create a place for us to build a more perfect union together," the Clintons said in a statement. "From a small farm in Alabama, to life-risking service in the civil rights movement, to three decades in Congress, he was always “walking with the wind,” steered by a moral compass that told him when to make good trouble and when to heal troubled waters.
PR's Top Pros Talk: Craig Minassian, July 15, 2020; O’Dwyer
Clinton Foundation chief communications & marketing officer Craig Minassian talks about how non-profit organizations can connect with audiences in this week’s “PR’s Top Pros Talk” with D S Simon Media’s Doug Simon. Minassian says that successful communications in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and the increasing importance of social justice issues need to be additive, supportive and collaborative. To be additive, he says, an organization’s communications need to make a unique contribution to the discussion of the issues it works on. Being supportive extends past the message itself to encompass a concern for an organization’s beneficiaries, partners, staff and all the other people affected by its work. And effective collaboration requires really listening to your partners to gain an understanding of all sides of an issue.
'Talk, Read, Sing' campaign in Douglas County helps children's language skills, July 15, 2020; Alexandria Echo Press
A new campaign is under way in Douglas County to improve children’s language skills. It’s called Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing. Douglas County received a grant to take part in the national campaign, which is a Clinton Foundation effort funded by a number of groups including Gerber, the YMCA and Highlights magazine. The local coordinator of the campaign, which is part of the Douglas County Early Childhood Initiative, is Kathy Werk. “There is a national trend that has been noticed that kids are entering school with a decrease in language skills,” Werk said. “The educators feel it is due to a lack of talking, reading and singing to younger children (especially under age 3) because it is in those early years that language skills develop.”
Clinton Center hosts free culinary video series, July 13, 2020; KATV
The Clinton Presidential Center has launched a Super Summer Video Series, which gives you access inside the kitchen at 42 Bar and Table and its award winning culinary team. The “Student Chef Series” offers proper culinary and cooking techniques, helpful kitchen tips, favorite recipes and nutritional information for aspiring student chefs of all ages. The video series is led by Executive Chef André Poirot and Director of Food, Beverage and Events Mike Selig. The videos debuted on July 7th with new episodes added every Tuesday through July.
ETSU class creates oral history project documenting Appalachian experiences during pandemic, July 12, 2020; Johnson City Press
“I think it’s very important that we were able to document the ways people are processing this because it creates a record that we can reflect on,” Copley said. The ultimate goal is for more people outside of their classroom to read and share their pandemic stories. Copley said they applied for grant funding from Clinton Global Initiative University’s COVID-19 Student Action Fund to bring their project to a wider audience. “We hope to highlight the diversity of our area and provide rural Appalachians a unified voice through which their experiences are shared,” Copley said.
Jeff’s Place Offers Hope, Recovery, Healing, July 8, 2020; Atlanta Jewish Times
Jeff’s Place, created by Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman and Chabad Intown, hosts an addiction recovery group that’s in its second year. Focused on outreach, Schusterman addresses a need in the Jewish community with Jeff’s Place, promoting the message of hope and recovery and the concept that people suffering from addiction don’t have to struggle alone. Currently, meetings, classes, and events take place through the Zoom video conferencing app. With support from the Clinton Foundation, Schusterman, along with other rabbis and interfaith leaders, address the opioid crisis in the community.
A gathering of historic proportions – Jamaica Diaspora day Live Online Virtual Celebration, July 2, 2020; South Florida Caribbean News
A gathering of historic proportions, Jamaica Diaspora day was the first-ever virtual and global all-day event of this nature, which saw the broadcast and streaming of eleven (11) consecutive sessions throughout the day live on Jamaicans.com Facebook platform, OneLoveJamaica….The day featured over sixty (60) speakers, including Kevin Thurm of the Clinton Global Initiative who chronicled the activities, major milestones, and future goals of the JDTAN as they continue to make an indelible mark on nation-building.
Thousands of free books given to children in Pulaski County, July 2, 2020; KARK
Thousands of new books were given to children today in Pulaski County. Central Arkansas Library System provided curbside pick up at several of its branches including Williams Library in Little Rock. People do have another chance to get free books tonight, July 2 until 7 p.m. at King and Romine Elementary schools. The Clinton Foundation secured the children’s free books for the Read, White and Blue Campaign.
Medical experts: Children must return to school, June 30, 2020; The Register Star
Laurie Stradley, chief program officer of Alliance for a Healthier Generation, said risk reduction is the goal for children to return to summer programs and school next year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and emergency child care centers have released guidance on how to safely reopen and limit the spread of the coronavirus. “It will never truly be eliminated,” Stradley said. “My opinion is, if we follow the science and listen to the recommendations of the CDC, we can support children returning to some level of school and participation.
Experts Focus on Effects, Solutions for Kids During COVID-19, June 29, 2020; Focus Daily News
While it is summer now, school will be reopening at some point. When that time comes, it is imperative that schools be ready. Laurie Stradley, DrPH, Chief Program Officer, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, believes they will be, thanks to a group of heroes within. “Just behind our healthcare workers are our educators, all of the adults who support our children in a school environment,” she said. “We must ensure we are ready to meet our children’s emotional and educational needs in a time of great trauma.” To help this happen, she stressed managing the physical and mental well-being of educators, dedicating resources for equitable and diverse classrooms, educators developing strong relationships with parents, and creating an intentional post-COVID strategy to focus on emotional health.
Douglas Douville: Honesty is the midwife and caretaker of truth, June 25, 2020; Salt Lake Tribune
I did know a little about the Clinton Foundation. I knew it had raised hundreds of millions of dollars for treatment of patients with malaria in Africa and patients with AIDS in Asia, saving millions of lives. According to Charity Navigator, 88 cents of every Clinton Foundation dollar has gone to people in need. The Clinton Foundation has now raised over $2 billion, while the Trump Foundation was recently dissolved after it was found to have fraudulently funded President Trump’s business and political interests.
Three Ways To Pivot Your CSR Strategy To Find New Opportunities Amid The Pandemic, June 25, 2020; Forbes
The time-tested adage of “lending a hand” takes on a different meaning in the aftermath of a global pandemic. CSR initiatives usually bring an organization into closer and more direct contact with a specific community. Now, however, companies with philanthropic intentions must find ways to do social good under different circumstances…Nonprofit organizations also have the funds to empower the search for new solutions after the pandemic. In April, the Clinton Global Initiative University announced the formation of its Covid-19 Student Action Fund. The fund will provide financial support to college students around the globe who want to address public health, economic and social fallout from the virus.
Program passes 500,000 meals, gets Clinton nod, June 25, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Pulaski County covid-19 Meals Program hit a milestone Wednesday -- 500,000 meals prepared, packaged and delivered. Former President Bill Clinton spoke via Zoom to about 40 people Wednesday in the lobby of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. He said congratulations and thank you. "We've seen so many people working together across all the different lines and sectors," Clinton said. "This meals program proves that we do better when we work together." In mid-March, as all of the Pulaski County school buildings were closed because of the pandemic, the Clinton Foundation partnered with World Central Kitchen, the city of Little Rock, and other local organizations to provide healthy meals to students and families affected by the school closures, as well as senior citizens and others in need. The Clinton Presidential Center's facilities -- normally a presidential library, restaurant and events venue -- are serving as the operational headquarters for the program, which has been distributing about 7,500 meals -- both lunch and dinner -- a day.
Slowing the #SummerSlide, June 23, 2020; Early Learning Nation
“There are three simple activities parents and caregivers of young children can do to slow and reverse the effects of summer slide: (1) Talk together and use words to describe the things you do and see around you; (2) read books every day and take time to discuss the stories and characters; and (3) sing your favorite songs. Children are naturally curious and love to play, so parents can follow their child’s interests to spark new conversations, stories, songs and games to enjoy together!” —Jane Park, Director, Too Small to Fail, the early learning program of the Clinton Foundation; read about her organization’s laundromat-based literacy programs
AmeriCorps swears in new members who will work help provide meals in Central Arkansas, June 17, 2020; KLRT – FOX 16
Today AmeriCorps swore in new members to serve in the Pulaski County Meals Program. 14 new members were sworn in today at the Clinton Presidential Center. They will work in a partnership with the Clinton Foundation and ‘Our House’ to serve the Pulaski County Meal Program, which to date has provided $450,000 meals for those in need in Central Arkansas. “This is an exciting opportunity to see how two or three organizations in the community can come together to find a solution to a problem, not only provides support for the community but support for the America Corp members as they learn, develop new skills and gain an education,” said Engage AR Director.
Canada shines in global hacking competitions to address COVID-19 business challenges, June 15, 2020; IT Business Canada
The organizers of the annual Call for Code hackathon always address social issues. This year’s main theme is climate change, but organizers added a second track to its program for developers building open source technology solutions that address three main areas applicable to the current pandemic: crisis communication during an emergency, ways to improve remote learning, and how to inspire cooperative local communities…The early winners, from India, the United States, and Canada, were announced during a livestream in May by Bob Lord, senior vice-president, cognitive applications, blockchain and ecosystems at IBM, founding partner for Call for Code, and Chelsea Clinton, vice-chair of the Clinton Foundation.
Bill Clinton says he's been 'truly awed' by George Floyd protesters: 'You have given new hope', June 12, 2020; Yahoo News
Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that he’s been “truly awed” to see young and diverse people come together to protest racial injustice amid a coronavirus outbreak that has laid bare many of the country’s long-standing inequalities… Even before the pandemic, Clinton said, graduates were “entering a world of growing inequalities and divisive tribalism with people pulling, pulling, pulling away from those who are different from them.”
Look into a president’s life at Clinton museum, June 4, 2020; The Ledger
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park sits on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock and offers visitors a look into the life and history of the 42nd president of the United States. It opened in 2004 and is home to the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. The center is well worth a stop when traveling to or through this city that offers a deep look into our country’s history.
GUEST COMMENTARY: In dark times, Americans rise to the challenge, June 4, 2020; The Times of Northwest Indiana
As a Presidential Leadership Scholar (a collaborative project that spotlights leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson), I heard firsthand from presidents Bush and Clinton that our diversity as a nation provides us with strength. I think about the presidents’ words in times like these, when diverse groups of people are coming together with courage and conviction to engage in constructive dialogue and serve our nation.
Bronx college students use campaign to show that youth can make a difference, June 1, 2020; Bronx Times
On the cusp of an upcoming presidential election, America’s youth are looking for ways to make an impact and become more civically engaged. Students from the College of Mount Saint Vincent led a campaign in the fall to inspire their peers to learn about how important their role is in shaping the nation’s fiscal future. This was part of a nationwide, non-partisan campus-based movement and annual competition, which educates and mobilizes young voters on fiscal sustainability and economic opportunity. It’s called Up to Us, which was created in partnership with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact in 2012 and provides a chance for students to raise awareness and engagement on America’s fiscal challenges
LR, partners to continue with meals program, May 27, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Beginning Monday, the city will add about a dozen meal distribution sites to the operation. Jay Barth, the city's chief education officer, said the summer program is a combination of what the city started doing March 14 because of the coronavirus and the Be Mighty program, a grant-funded feeding initiative that kicked off in the summer of 2019. Barth said it was possible to continue the program beyond the school year because of the involvement of the Clinton Foundation, the nonprofit established by former President Bill Clinton; and World Central Kitchen, an organization founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres that before the coronavirus provided meals after natural disasters.
Bush aide, family to speak at lecture, May 20, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Clinton Presidential Center will present a virtual conversation hosted via Zoom featuring Jean Becker and some members of former President George H.W. Bush's family at 6:30 p.m. May 27. The event -- "Bridge Builders: An Inspiring Conversation with Jean Becker" -- was originally scheduled to take place March 17. It is part of the Bridge Builders series sponsored by Coulson Oil and which features stories of distinguished change makers, thinkers and influencers. Each Bridge Builders event allows featured speakers to share insights on important challenges, opportunities and issues. It is called Bridge Builders because the hope is that audience members will be encouraged to learn more or do something that adds to the bridge that, together, builds to the future, according to the event website.
Kids Fighting During Quarantine Is To Be Expected, Experts Say, May 19, 2020; Romper
Recently, a survey published by the Clinton Foundation's initiative Too Small To Fail partnered with Romper and found that when children fight with each other, it puts a lot of stress on the parents. And right now, it seems like kids are fighting with each other more than ever. Combine the bickering and tattling with everything else that is happening right now, and it can feel like it is all a little too much to handle. Psychiatrist Dr. Lea Lis tells Romper that this is to be expected due to the circumstances. "Siblings may be arguing more during quarantine because they are together all of the time and they don’t get their usual breaks," she says. "They are not socializing with other children, so there is more pressure to interact with siblings."
How The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Impacting Hispanic Mothers Differently, May 18, 2020; BabyGaga
The novel coronavirus has hit the world profoundly, with more than 1.4 million being infected in the U.S. itself. And according to reports, Hispanics and African Americans continue to be impacted disproportionately – with a significant burnt being felt by the mothers of small children. Compared to 37% of the mothers with children three or under, 50% of the Hispanic moms said with schools closed and economy on hold, it's hard to juggle responsibilities. Yet, a robust cohort of mothers has also been revealed during the survey conducted by Romper and the Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail early learning initiative. The survey conducted on 2,000 mothers across the country, found that mothers of young children are overloaded, playing too many roles simultaneously. They are either working from home or attending essentials jobs while also filling in for school and childcare, managing household duties, and offering support (if remote) to elderly parents, eventually uprising stress.
Moms In Quarantine Share Which "Help" From Employers & Coworkers Was Actually Helpful, May 15, 2020; Romper
Right now, we are all struggling with figuring out how to work from home, and those of us who have been deemed essential workers are dealing with an entirely new landscape. It's also a new landscape for bosses and managers, who may not be thinking about how hard it is to be a working mom in a global pandemic. To close that knowledge gap, Romper decided to ask working moms what their bosses and colleagues are doing to help during this difficult time that is actually helping. In partnership with the Clinton Foundation's early learning initiative Too Small to Fail, we surveyed 2000 moms across the country about what their lives have been like during the pandemic, including ways their managers and coworkers have made them feel supported in this very challenging time for working parents. And you guys, it's a pretty great list.
8 Practical Homeschooling Tips From Other Parents Staring Down Week I-Don't-Even-Know, May 15, 2020; Romper
Romper teamed up with the Clinton Foundation's early childhood initiative Too Small To Fail to ask 2000 moms how they're doing in quarantine, and more specifically, how schooling at home is working out for them. In our survey, Motherhood in the Age of COVID-19, moms around the country shared the strategies they've discovered through trial and error, in case they are helpful to the rest of us. Whether you call what your child is doing distance learning, virtual classes, homeschooling, or "Mom's Home Learning Academy," it takes a lot of work on the part of parents. Thirty percent of moms told us they are spending 1-2 more hours each day planning activities for their kid(s). Twenty-six percent said they're spending more than two hours daily. So don't feel bad if you're already envisioning the happy dance you'll do when it's time to send your kiddos back to a real classroom outside of your house where they can learn alongside their peers and be taught by a trained professional
Stay-At-Home Moms Are Doing Better Than All Of Us In Quarantine, May 14, 2020; Romper
In “Motherhood in the Age of COVID-19," a new survey Romper conducted in partnership with The Clinton Foundation’s early learning initiative, Too Small to Fail, Romper spoke to 2000 moms across the country, all with kids between the ages of 0 and 12, about what life in quarantine has been like for them. We talked to moms from a range of backgrounds, family structures, employment statuses about how they are doing, their biggest sources of worry and stress, and what resources and strategies they have found useful. Stay-at-home moms were the least likely of all moms we surveyed to have disagreed with their partners about the division of labor in their home.
NYUAD to honour Class of 2020 via virtual commencement, Pulitzer Prize winner to deliver keynote, May 12, 2020; Emirates News Agency
The Class of 2020 is comprised of students from 75 countries, 90 percent of whom speak two or more languages. Members of the Class of 2020 have won top global awards and accolades, including two Rhodes Scholars, one Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Scholar, and three Clinton Global Initiative University participants. Graduating students have been invited to join global organisations, including Bain & Company in Tokyo, Japan; McKinsey and Company in Dubai, UAE; and Teach for America and Bloomberg in the United States. Many graduates will also be continuing their studies at prestigious universities, including the University of Oxford, Columbia University, MIT, and Stanford.
An Open Letter From Chelsea Clinton: We Have To Do Better For Moms, May 11, 2020; Romper
The Clinton Foundation’s early learning initiative Too Small to Fail partnered with Romper this Mother’s Day to conduct a survey to better understand what moms are experiencing through this crisis. What Romper readers shared is a snapshot of how precarious this moment feels and how precious time has become. (See the full survey results here.) Many moms were managing the lion’s share of household responsibilities before COVID-19, and for many, the pandemic has only increased that work and the stress of balancing it with parenting and worries about an uncertain future. But another thing is clear: even with the increased pressure and demands on their time and attention, the majority of moms surveyed are thankful for the time they are able to spend with their children. Parents — especially parents of young children — are spending considerably more time talking, reading, singing, and playing together with their kids.
Georgetown Student Represents QF at Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting on COVID, May 11, 2020; Albawaba
Kartikeya Uniyal, a student at QF partner Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) and a member of the 2020 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), took part in the virtual convening of the program, an online event that featured President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton and focused on ways college students can make a difference during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Kartikeya, an international student from New Delhi, was one of a select group of undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe who were chosen by CGI U to develop “Commitments to Action” — social impact projects that address pressing challenges on campus or in local and global communities. The program offers leadership development, mentorship, skills training, and partnership building to bring the idea into action.
12 Things Other Moms In Quarantine Want You To Know About Your Parenting, May 10, 2020; Romper
To get you even more of it this Mother's Day, we asked 2000 moms what they want to say to other moms who are either essential workers braving the pandemic every day to keep us all fed and safe, or stuck inside with small people who sometimes paint themselves. As part of a survey Romper conducted in April in partnership with the Clinton Foundation's early learning initiative, Too Small to Fail, to ask moms how they're weathering this storm, respondents offered up encouraging words for other moms. We've included 12 of our favorite replies below. Spending every waking moment with your kids can feel like a gift or an endless feat of multitasking, depending on what number meltdown you're on, but when you zoom out, isn't that how it always is — the good with the bad. This pandemic has played games with all of our perspectives, making our worlds feel smaller than ever in some ways, but it has also created more connection and support right when we need it most.
We have to do better — for moms, for families and for our shared public health. The Clinton Foundation’s early learning initiative Too Small to Fail has partnered with Romper this Mother’s Day to better understand what moms are experiencing through this crisis. What Romper readers shared is a snapshot of how precarious this moment feels and how precious time has become. Many moms were managing the lion’s share of household responsibilities before COVID-19, and for many, the pandemic has only increased that work and the stress of balancing it with parenting and worries about an uncertain future.
IBM’s Call for Code showcases promising solutions for common pandemic problems, May 7, 2020; The Next Web
IBM senior vice president Bob Lord and Chelsea Clinton, chair of the Clinton Foundation, recently revealed three promising solutions to common pandemic problems being created by entrants from this year’s currently-in-progress Call for Code challenge. Call for Code is a five-year challenge created by IBM and the David Clarke Foundation. It calls on developers, humanitarians, and dreamers to come up with solutions to some of the biggest problems facing the world including disaster response, climate crisis mitigation, and fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. A little over a month ago TNW reported on the addition of COVID-19 response to the Call for Code challenge. In the short time since, IBM‘s managed to find three promising solutions to problems that affect almost all of us.
The Pulaski County Meals Program packed its 250,000th meal at the Clinton Presidential Center on Thursday. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. packed the 250,000th meal at the Clinton Presidential Center. The Clinton Foundation, World Central Kitchen, and the City of Little Rock have partnered with the Little Rock School District, Pulaski County Special School District, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and the Central Arkansas Library System to prepare, pack, and distribute meals for students, families, and seniors impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
IBM highlights three Call for Code Global Challenge responses to fight COVID-19, May 5, 2020; TechRepublic
The company said through Code and Response, it brings open source solutions to life through real-world deployments to help first responders in their efforts to save lives. In the past 18 months, this has included deployments of Project Owl and DroneAid in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, and Prometeo in areas of Spain prone to wildfires, IBM said. In his post, Lord wrote: "Medical professionals, first responders, and essential workers are rising to the challenges we're faced with today and are leading the way. IBM and David Clark Cause have led a broad ecosystem including the Linux Foundation, UNHR, Verizon, Persistent Systems, Arrow Electronics, Ingram Micro, Cognizant, ICBC, Altran, and celebrities to do our part. President Bill Clinton announced our partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University for the second year, with a dedicated University Edition within Call for Code."
ARKANSAS SIGHTSEEING: State parks, museums offer varied virtual tours, May 5, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The website for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism has become a clearinghouse during the covid-19 shutdown for virtual visits to an assortment of attractions in the Natural State. Available for online tours via arkansas.com/discover-arkansas, along with the state parks, are: Clinton Presidential Center, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, downtown El Dorado, Esse Purse Museum, Gangster Museum of America, Little Rock Zoo, Mid-America Museum of Science, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Pea Ridge National Military Park and Thorncrown Chapel….Most endearing among the seven panoramic shots of Clinton Presidential Center is a photo gallery that includes Socks, the adopted stray that shared the White House with the 42nd president and family. Other images visit the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room.
Opinion: COVID-19 highlights need to boost resilience of Africa’s rural poor, May 4, 2020; Devex
These negative effects can be immediate and often catastrophic for people who have few resources to fall back on in hard times — such as Africa’s estimated 33 million smallholder farming families. Most of them live on what they can grow themselves for food and also sell to earn income to pay for medical care, school fees, and other expenses. Even brief shortfalls in harvest volumes, seed and input supplies, or market sales can quickly lead to less food, or at least, less nutritious food, on these families’ plates, leading to malnutrition — or worse. This reality was reflected recently in Malawi, a country in southern Africa where the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Development Initiative, HarvestPlus, and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, or CIMMYT, are working together to strengthen the resilience of smallholder farming communities.
New crop varieties set to address drought, malnutrition, April 27, 2020; The Nation
His impact impressed staff at the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) which is part of the Clinton Foundation.The CDI helps African smallholder farming families meet their food needs and improve their livelihoods through a community agribusiness approach, which focuses on connecting farm communities to business opportunities in the agriculture sector. The CDI team worked with Elifala and his community group to start a test plot in Madimbo Village. But this is no ordinary farmer’s field. It has several varieties of maize and beans that are bred with highly desirable traits aimed at making Malawian farmers’ crops more drought-tolerant and more nutritious. Farmers visit these test plots to learn about the crops and decide which ones to grow at home.
New Seed Varieties Tackle Drought, Malnutrition In Malawi, April 27, 2020; Africa.com
CDI chief executive officer Bill Rustrick said CDI fosters economic opportunities among farming communities in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania by creating a supportive ecosystem of multi-sectoral partners to incubate these businesses. “CDI works with partners, such as CIMMYT and HarvestPlus, to identify new varieties with higher yields that are climate resilient and have improved nutritional value, as these are most relevant and attractive to the farming communities we work with. “Once farmers, through test plots, see the value of these varieties, we work to support the availability of, and local access to them,” he said. Rustrick added that these varieties can play a catalytic role in improving lives for grower communities.
Clinton Library turned food bank feeding thousands in Pulaski County daily, April 23, 2020; KARK
More than 100,000 meals have been packed and sent out to families in need in Pulaski County. Since the beginning of this pandemic, volunteers have been working daily at the Clinton Presidential Library making sure no one goes hungry in Little Rock. “This pandemic has really impacted the community,” said Ben Thielemier from Communications and External Affairs for Clinton Foundation. Since COVID-19 hit Pulaski County, it transformed the Clinton Presidential Library into a food bank for the community. “There’s a significant need in this community for food,” said Thielemier. Ben Thielemier with the Clinton Foundation said this operation took off running on day one and 70 volunteers a day keep it going.
‘It’s very exciting:’ Gov. Newsom and former Pres. Clinton discuss coronavirus testing, search for a vaccine, April 18, 2020; Mercury News
Gov. Gavin Newsom touted California’s leading role in combating the deadly coronavirus during a wide-ranging online conversation with former President Bill Clinton hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative University on Saturday. The two men discussed efforts to find a vaccine or therapeutic treatment for coronavirus, as well as disparities in outcomes for black residents and the role of income inequality in deaths from COVID-19, which Newsom referred to as America’s “original sin.” The day-long series of conversations with the former president also included one-on-one chats and panel conversations between Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, members of Congress and health care experts.
Coronavirus live updates: SF tradition of honoring quake victims quietly continues, April 18, 2020; San Francisco Chronicle
Newsom, Clinton to speak about combating pandemic: Gov. Gavin Newsom will be one of several guests to discuss COVID-19 with former President Bill Clinton in a conversation that will be aired at 1:45 p.m. ET Saturday. The talk is hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative University, which will post the discussion on its social media accounts.
Clintons convene coronavirus discussion, April 18, 2020; Arkansas Times
Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and a slate of governors, members of Congress and mayor and others who aren’t likely to begin their remarks with Mike Pence-like praise of Donald Trump have scheduled this on-line session on coronavirus today. Might be interesting…For example, here’s an article this week related to Trump’s criticism of the World Health Organization. It quotes one of the speakers, Eric Goosby, about the WHO’s position not to recommend travel or trade restrictions. Eric Goosby, professor health at the University of California San Francisco and former U.S. global AIDS coordinator, said the research backs up WHO’s policy. There’s no proof that closing borders works against viruses. Worse, he said, they can be counterproductive.
‘This is the wild Wild West.’ Gavin Newsom says more transparency could imperil mask deal, April 18, 2020; Sacramento Bee
Newsom has been meeting virtually with biotech companies, researchers, academics and manufacturers in California every week to hear about therapeutic and vaccine trials, he said during a Clinton Foundation event Saturday morning ahead of his news conference in Campbell. During an interview with former President Bill Clinton, he said some of the “most exciting” work on vaccines is being done in California.
Clinton Center to host animation pro's webinar for kids, April 18, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Kids who are keen to make animated movies can get an expert's take on the craft by attending "Animation Like It's 1999," a free webinar at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23, sponsored by the Clinton Presidential Center. Steve Segal, who has been a Pixar animator and animation professor for California College of the Arts, will teach the class for students in grades six through 12. Space is limited and registration is required. Segal animated scenes for the first feature-length computer-animated film, Toy Story, in 1995. He also worked on The Brave Little Toaster in 1986 and A Bug's Life in 1998.
Initiative assists faith leaders in covid-19 outbreak, April 18, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A Clinton Foundation initiative focused on combating the opioid epidemic has shifted its efforts to focus on the covid-19 outbreak in tandem with faith leaders in four U.S. cities, including Little Rock. The Clinton Health Matters Initiative, an arm of the foundation, first established a partnership with faith leaders in Houston in 2018. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the more than 70,000 people who died of drug overdoses in 2017, 68% involved a prescribed or illegally obtained opioid drug. The foundation's initiative to fight those numbers sought to familiarize faith leaders with facts and resources concerning opioid abuse, and to engage clergy in a way that allowed them to more comfortably address the topic with their congregations and facilitate help when needed.
The spread of COVID-19 continues to put pressure on businesses and brands from a wellbeing, economic and a values standpoint, prompting an unprecedented amount of scrutiny on how, how fast or even whether they respond. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing some incredible leaders who chose to be the front lines of purpose-driven branding long before the pandemic through my Brand on Purpose podcast, exploring the successful coexistence and healthy tension between purpose and profit. These brands, always purpose driven, are now more focused than ever on bringing their corporate character forward…The Clinton Foundation teamed up with Chef José Andrés’ non-profit WC Kitchen to provide over 70,000 meals for Arkansas families.
Clinton Foundation extends deadline for Scholarship Essay Contest, April 17, 2020; Pine Bluff Commercial
The Clinton Foundation extended its college scholarship deadline to May 22 for high school juniors and seniors. The foundation focuses on creating economic opportunity, improving public health, and inspiring civic engagement and service. Every year, Arkansas students in 11th and 12th grades are invited to write a 1,000-word (minimum) essay exploring one of these three focus areas. The essays will be reviewed by a panel of judges and the student with the winning essay will be awarded a $2,500 college scholarship, according to a news release. With the governor’s announcement that Arkansas schools will remain closed for the rest of the semester, we have extended the deadline for our annual essay contest,” said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation. “We hope this will give more students the opportunity to participate and turn their good ideas into action.”
Dominica determined to become world's first climate-resilient nation, April 16, 2020; Devex
The resilience work also extends into diversifying the economy, which is primarily dependent on agriculture, and increasing community canvassing to engage citizens on potential risks and safety nets they can turn to. “For me, it's simple. You need to be viable as a small island state in a very large, globalizing and very unstable global economy. And then you need to be sustainable in terms of your development pathway. And if you do those two things, you are actually resilient,” Bardouille said. Dominica’s work on resilience was spotlighted during the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery meeting in San Juan, where Caribbean leaders gathered to troubleshoot problems and share lessons on climate change preparedness.
'Day camp' coming to care for children of hospital workers, April 14, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The program, set to start Monday for as many as 150 children ages 5 to 12, will be at the Pulaski Heights Elementary and Middle school campuses, which are just north of the medical center at 401 North Pine St. Up to 50 Little Rock school system employees, including 10 state-licensed teachers, will operate the day camp from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Superintendent Mike Poore said. In addition to district support staff, community volunteers will assist with the day camp, particularly in the early morning hours. The Clinton Foundation will help with meals for the children.
Goodbye, Chipmunks. Hello, Books. Dea Wright Builds a Space for Children in Milwaukee, April 13, 2020; Early Learning Nation
“Too Small to Fail is meeting families where they are in everyday spaces like laundromats, pediatric offices and playgrounds to provide them with the tools and resources to support early brain and language development,” said Jane Park, Director of Too Small to Fail. “The early years of children’s lives are critical in preparing them for lifelong success, and we are grateful for partners such as Dea Wright and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges that enable us to continue expanding “Family Read, Play & Learn” spaces into courts across the country.” “Family Read, Play & Learn” spaces were first launched in laundromats as part of the partnership between Too Small to Fail and the LaundryCares Foundation. Evaluation findings showed that children were observed engaging in 30 times more literacy activities compared to the laundromats that did not have these areas.
IBM launches 'university edition' coronavirus challenge, April 10, 2020; EdScoop
IBM announced on Thursday that its annual “Call for Code” competition, designed to rally technologists and non-technologists alike to solve humanitarian challenges, will this year include a special “university edition.” Through a partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University, a year-round leadership development program, this year’s challenge invites university students to find solutions that can help the world respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
Annual Developer Challenge to Focus on COVID-19, April 9, 2020; Inside Higher Ed
The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge University Edition will kick off April 22, and the submission deadline is July 31, according to a news release. Students will have access to COVID-19 starter kits, or they can design their own solution. IBM is partnering with Clinton Global Initiative University to run the university edition of the competition. Students will have access to virtual workshops, codeathons and office hours throughout the process. IBM will work with the teams who create promising solutions to build, fortify, test and deploy them through IBM Code and Response.
Call for Code Global Challenge Addresses COVID-19 and Climate Change, April 9, 2020; Campus Technology
COVID-19 is part of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge, run by the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and IBM. The challenge is a global program to entice students, developers and other problem solvers with both technical and non-technical backgrounds to create practical applications that use cloud, data and artificial intelligence and can make an "immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues." CGI U is a higher education program of the Clinton Foundation, which focuses on developing future leaders.
The scope and urgency of the issues we’re facing demand diverse perspectives and expertise, and student participation is key to that. We are honored to partner with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) for the second year and to launch a dedicated University Edition within Call for Code. Last year, we saw students reach the final rounds of the Call for Code Global Challenge with some exciting solutions. Two of our top five teams came from universities: Team AsTeR from UC Berkeley and Rove from UCLA. Together, IBM and CGI U reached more than 10,000 students around the world. This year, we wanted to do more to encourage
How Faith Leaders Can Help the Most Vulnerable in a Lockdown, April 9, 2020; Word and Way
This kind of backup for public health workers can be as simple as reiterating guidance and recommendations by public health experts or local officials and sharing simple hygienic precautions and practices. But for those suffering mental illness or addiction, faith leaders are particularly well positioned to help manage fear and stigma, while restoring faith. The Clinton Foundation, which has made improving public health a central mission, has identified key actions faith leaders can take and resources they can offer. Some of the recommendations — using Facebook or good old-fashioned calling trees to keep track of their most vulnerable members — are second nature to many faith leaders these days. Other pastors, imams and rabbis may have let these tools languish or never adopted them.
How Faith Leaders Can Help the Most Vulnerable in a Lockdown, April 8, 2020; Religion News Service
Most crucially, the Clinton Foundation’s experts and public health officials advise faith leaders to be conscious that people with substance use disorders, active or recovering, may suffer more from the physical and mental impact of COVID-19 and are potentially at greater risk in a quarantine or stay-at-home order because isolation can be a trigger for those struggling with addiction. Faith leaders also need to know that there are resources to help them support these people. “At the Clinton Foundation we work with faith leaders representing different faith traditions and equip them with the knowledge, skills and resources, and perhaps most importantly, the confidence that they need to reduce the stigma of addiction and fight substance use disorders in their communities,” said Chris Thrasher, senior director of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative.
Where students can get free meals in Little Rock this week, April 7, 2020; Arkansas Times
The Little Rock School District, along with a host of partners, is working hard to ensure that free meals are available to all students, regardless of whether they attend public, private or charter schools. The feeding program is distinguished, at least regionally, in that meals are provided at night and on the weekend in addition to the regular breakfast and lunches schools offer when regular classes are in session. I wrote about the broad coalition behind the effort last week. Those working together include the city of Little Rock, the Clinton Foundation, World Central Kitchen, the Pulaski County Special School District, the Central Arkansas Library, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Rock Region Metro.
Edinburgh Law School students accepted to Clinton Global Initiative University, April 5, 2020; Scottish Legal News
Several students of Edinburgh Law School have been accepted to the 2020 cohort of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), which supports “students who are committed to take action and address the world’s most pressing challenges”. Each student or group of students accepted to the programme makes a ‘commitment to action’ about a particular issue. Akhil Ennamsetty (LLM Human Rights) will embark on a project titled ‘Centre for Rights Activism’ which aims “to provide quality legal aid to the victims of human rights abuse in the tribal villages of the Northern Telangana region in India” as well as creating general legal awareness.
Chelsea Clinton Joins Operation Storytime With 'Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Star,' March 27, 2020; Romper
Too Small To Fail is an initiative of the Clinton Foundation that encourages parents to read and sing with their children from birth. Simple activities and time spent together promote early brain and language development, to which end the organization has launched a "staycation" toolkit. Each day you can find new tips for keeping your kids busy and entertained on Too Small To Fail's Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. And if you have a great idea yourself, they are asking you to share it with the hashtag #HomeWithKids.
Former President Bill Clinton, whose Clinton Global Initiative has supported World Central Kitchen, says Andrés’ empathic action is more crucial than ever in these divided times. “If you spend more time on your fears than your hopes, on your resentments than your compassions, and you divide people up, in an interdependent world, bad things are going to happen,” Clinton, who first spent significant time with Andrés in Haiti after the earthquake, tells TIME. “If that’s all you do, you’re not helping the people who have been victimized or left behind or overlooked. He’s a walking model of what the 21st century citizen should be.”
Through their eponymous foundation, the Clintons have helped send free meals to families in Arkansas with chef José Andrés and they released a “toolkit” of activities and ideas for parents with kids home while schools shift online. The Clintons also sent more than 400 pizzas to Westchester County hospitals in New York, which had been hit hard by virus cases.
Discussing The Impact of COVID-19 on Different Sectors of Our Society, March 26, 2020; causeartist
Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) works to improve the health and well-being of all people by activating individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful contributions to the health of others. The goals of this work is to reduce the prevalence of preventable health outcomes and close health inequity and disparity gaps by improving access to key contributors to health for all people. The Clinton Foundation achieves its goals through strategic cross-sector partnerships and by leveraging technology and digital innovation.
Partners In Health In Rwanda: Lessons In Eliminating Barriers To Quality Care, March 26, 2020; Forbes
In Rwanda, Partners In Health is known as Inshuti Mu Buzima. Dr. Joel Mubiligi, executive director of Inshuti Mu Buzima, showed me and Dr. Reddy during our stay how the organization’s projects interface multiple dimensions of health service delivery: community health workers, community health centers, district hospitals, and district leadership. Butaro District Hospital, a collaboration between Partners In Health, the Clinton Foundation, and the Ministry of Health located on a hilltop adjacent the University of Global Health Equity works in all four dimensions.
Building a Community: Making connections during a time of social distance, March 24, 2020; FOX 16 News
Along with our partners at the City of Little Rock, Clinton Foundation, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and LRSD, we are providing grab & go meals for children who typically get their most substantial nutrition from their schools and at our libraries. Lunches are available for pickup at Dee Brown, Williams, and McMath branches, seven days a week. Evening meals are available Monday through Friday. Please visit bemightylittlerock.org for more information.
What Is Peak Singing Age For Toddlers? They're Never Too Old For A Tune, March 23, 2020; Romper
The nonprofit organization Too Small to Fail says parents can use their kids' love of music to their advantage by singing everyday activities they want them to learn like "wash your hands." Too Small to Fail also recommends "singing songs that have basic counting or rhyming patterns" as they can help "children learn basic math skills."
Building Young Brains When Schools Are Closed, Part 1: Offline Activities, March 20, 2020; Early Learning Nation
Toolkit Alert! The new Too Small to Fail toolkit recommends 10 ways to talk, read, sing and play your way through the day, using nothing but supplies already found around the house). Our favorite: Making your own rainstick: Use tape to close one end of a paper towel tube. Fill it with some rice, beans, lentils or even small pebbles or tiny acorns, and tape the other end. Decorate it with pictures or stickers. Shake, twirl and dance! (Read about Too Small to Fail’s laundromat-based literacy programs.)
José Andrés, Clinton Foundation working to feed Arkansas public school students, March 16, 2020; The Hill
Celebrity chef and activist José Andrés and the Clinton Foundation announced Monday that they would team up to feed children in Arkansas who are going without meals usually provided by public schools due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a tweet, former President Clinton announced that the effort would feed students in the Little Rock and Pulaski County school districts, adding that he was "grateful" for Andrés's aid. "[email protected],@WCKitchen, and other local partners have come together with our @ClintonCenter staff to feed @LRSD and @PCSSDschools students affected by the school closures in Central Arkansas. I’m grateful to everyone working on this effort," Clinton tweeted, tagging World Central Kitchen, Andrés's charity organization, in the tweet.
Chelsea Clinton on coronavirus: 'There's a real responsibility to protect each other right now', March 16, 2020; Motherly
"Like in Seattle, we saw people stopped paying their dog walkers. Like, keep paying your dog walkers, keep ordering your groceries, even if you've stocked up, you know as much as you can. Continue. For those of us who have discretionary income, continue to kind of spend money where you can so that you are helping to support the people around you, because there is a real responsibility for all of us to protect each other right now," she tells Tenety. Clinton continues: "But this is really why we need government because even if everyone in Seattle is paying their dog walkers, that is no substitute for the government providing paid sick leave and income support." As a public health expert and a mom, Clinton is urging her fellow Americans to stay serious about "social distancing and washing our hands and demanding better for our government." The mission of Too Small to Fail is to promote the importance of early childhood development and the organization does that by meeting parents where they are—in laundromats, pediatricians offices and other public spaces—and now that parents are avoiding public spaces it is hooking parents up with a staycation toolkit because we can engage little brains during this pandemic.
Clinton President Center closes for two weeks, March 13, 2020; Arkansas Times
The Clinton Presidential Center, a popular tourist attraction, will close for two weeks. With deep concern for the health and well-being of Clinton Center visitors, volunteers, and staff, the Clinton Center will suspend most operations from March 14 through March 30, 2020. The suspension applies to the following: Clinton Library’s permanent and temporary exhibits will be closed. Research room will be closed. Clinton Museum Store will be closed. 42 bar and table will suspend in-restaurant service but will offer a limited lunch menu available for curbside pick-up in Celebration Circle between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Orders can be placed by calling 501-537-0042 and more details including the daily menu can be found at www.42barandtable.org
City of Little Rock offers lunch for students after schools close due to coronavirus, March 13, 2020; KATV
The city of Little Rock is partnering with the Little Rock School District and other agencies to provide meals to all students in the city, Little Rock officials said Thursday. This comes after the announcement that all schools in the district will be closed until March 30 due to the coronavirus. On Friday, any Little Rock area students, regardless of where they are enrolled, will be able to pick up a lunch between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at most LRSD schools, according to the city. Parents will be able to visit the city's website or the school district's website to find the nearest school providing meals. Officials said to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus, students will not be allowed to eat the meals at the schools. Arkansas Food Bank, Central Arkansas Library System, City of Little Rock, the Clinton Foundation, Hunger Relief Alliance and the Little Rock School District have come together to provide the meals.
Schools close in heart of the state, March 13, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Today, any Little Rock area students -- regardless of where they are enrolled -- will be able to pick up a lunch between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at most Little Rock district schools. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. today, parents will be able to visit the following websites to find the nearest school providing meals: LittleRock.gov/covid19 or lrsd.org. To prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus, students will not be allowed to eat the meals on-site. Those in need of transportation will be able to travel on Rock Region Metro's city fixed routes, information about which can be found at rrmetro.org. Youths age 12-18 will be able to ride Rock Region Metro buses for free from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children who are 11 and younger are required to travel with one guardian, and each will be able to ride for free during the same period. Partner organizations working to support students include the Central Arkansas Library System, the Clinton Foundation and the Hunger Relief Alliance.
Little Rock schools providing meals to students despite class cancellations, March 12, 2020; KTHV
The City of Little Rock is working with several agencies on a plan to feed students after their classes were canceled over concerns of the coronavirus. Regardless of where a student is enrolled, they can pick up lunch at most of the Little Rock schools on Friday, March 13 between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Parents will be able to visit LittleRock.gov/covid19 as of 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning to see the nearest schools providing meals. The students will not be allowed to eat meals on site, but those in need of transportation to get their meal can ride a Rock Region Metro bus for free. Children 11 or younger will need to be with a guardian. Working together to provide these valuable meals are: Central Arkansas Library System, City of Little Rock, the Clinton Foundation, Hunger Relief Alliance and the Little Rock School District.
Purpose At Work: How IBM’s Call For Code Scales Impact Where It Matters Most, March 12, 2020; Forbes
By deploying technology like IBM Cloud, IBM Watson and IBM Blockchain, the company is positioning itself as a key ally in global social movements. This leads to collaborations with influential individuals and organizations working towards the same goal. Organizations like the Clinton Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Bank of China, and Capgemini support the movement. Unity Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, Red Hat, NearForm, Persistent Systems, and JP Morgan Chase joined IBM last month at the Headquarters of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva for the 2020 Call for Code kickoff event. The competition enables IBM to broaden its network of purpose-driven coders such as those in attendance to work on important issues like the theme of this year’s challenge: climate change.
Commentary: In Puerto Rico, can disaster relief build resiliency?, March 11, 2020; Energy News Network
Given this reality, our disaster relief strategies should anticipate the need for resilient power. Instead, what I learned in Puerto Rico is that conventional disaster assistance actually makes things worse when it comes to sustainable energy solutions. After Hurricane Maria, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) installed 1667 generators across the island, many the size of trucks, using 10,000 gallons of diesel a day. Not only does this mean climate-disaster relief, in fact, has a very dirty climate footprint; we also were reminded by Bahamian leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery that diesel to fuel generators cost hundreds of dollars to operate, beyond the means of most hurricane-affected residents.
Pair of WSU students working on meditation device to aid student’s mental health, March 11, 2020; WSU Insider
“Aaron Ramadan and Nam Nguyen have committed to helping college students with stress management and anxiety,” according to the Clinton Foundation. “To achieve this, the team has developed an innovative handheld gadget that makes meditation easier by tracking a user’s respiratory and heart rate through vibration patterns, colored light sequences, and peaceful audio for productive meditation sessions. The group aims at encouraging students to embrace meditation to reduce instances of negative thoughts that lead to suicide. They will partner with the advisory board, business incubators, college administrators, and student wellness program. The group expects to achieve a 60 percent decrease in suicidal thoughts instances among college students in the state of Washington by the end of 2021.”
Investment group aims to raise $90M for Caribbean renewable energy projects, March 6, 2020; Power Engineering
MPC Capital announced this week that it has made a “Commitment to Action” to expedite the deployment of renewable energy in the Caribbean by making it easier for US impact investors to access the Caribbean market. Firms make a “Commitment to Action” with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation. CGI Commitments to Action focus on tackling challenges in hurricane response and resiliency. Commitment-makers must develop and execute against a detailed project plan that includes clear and measurable objectives, a timeline and budget and the key steps required to achieve success.Over the next two years, MPC Capital aims to raise USD 90 million from US-based impact investors, institutional investors and foundations. The money will be allocated to up to 15 renewable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean.
The History video for President Clinton is a little further abroad: It looks at the Clinton Global Initiative’s recovery work in Puerto Rico, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria, earthquakes and other issues. “What we try to do is not only get people to support the mental health infrastructure but also give people something to look forward to in the morning: Yes, it can be better,” Clinton explains in the video. “People see all this talent in Puerto Rico — you’ve got fifth-graders now that actually know how to make a difference,” he says. “It’s almost impossible to extinguish the human spirit, and I figure if I can help give them the tools to do it and the support they need to do it, then eventually the political system will have to respond.
Nigerian, Ghanaian fight pollution with high tech cooking stove invention, March 4, 2020; GhanaWeb
Their inspiration was birthed when they attended a number of Clinton Global Initiative conferences and felt empowered that age was not an excuse to not pursue their goals. Also, the pair felt the strong urge to impact on the upcoming African youth. “As Dr. King said ‘the time is always right to do the right thing’,” they told GhanaWeb’s Florence Naa Oyoe Quartey in an interview. The young inventors take pride in the uniqueness of their product implying that “our stove is not only able to reduce smoke pollution, but also generate electricity from waste heat. Genesys (Generator System) outputs 10W for recharging phones, lamps, headlamps, etc. And we have a Utility Patent unlike most products in this category.”
Henry Award tourism recipients announced, Ark Tank winner named, March 3, 2020; Talk Business & Politics
Announced Tuesday night were the Henry Award winners. The awards honor individuals and organizations that have made important contributions to the state’s tourism industry in the preceding year. The Henry Awards have been a feature of the annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism since their debut in 1981. The awards are named for Henri de Tonti, founder of Arkansas Post in 1686, and who is often hailed as the first “Arkansas Traveler.” Following are the Henry Award winners, announced during the conference held at the Fort Smith Convention Center - Distinguished Volunteer Service Award: Clinton Presidential Center Volunteers
Clinton center announced 90s spring break activities, March 3, 2020; KARK
During the week of March 23, the Clinton Center will host “Decorate your Denim” activities with a bedazzler, patches, and other trimmings and “Beanie Baby Baggo.” Afterwards, families can take photos with a 90s backdrop and ring light to showcase their decked-out denim. Spring Break activities at the Clinton Center are FREE; however, admission fees to tour the exhibits apply. Children under age 6 receive free admission, youth ages 6 – 17 are $6, and college students with a valid student ID are $8…The Clinton Center’s current temporary exhibit, …Like It’s 1999: American Popular Culture in the 1990s, opened Nov. 23, 2019. The exhibit features an exciting and diverse display – from props and scripts to scrunchies and track suits – that, together, tell the story of popular culture in the United States at the end of the 20th century.
Realizing the Caribbean’s renewable energy potential, March 3, 2020; Impact Alpha
For all their solar and wind, the Caribbean islands largely depend on high-cost fossil fuels and state-owned utility monopolies. A shortage of capital has blocked the rollout of cleaner and lower cost energy infrastructure. German real assets manager MPC Capital has tapped domestic Caribbean investors for the first $27 million of its new Caribbean Clean Energy Fund. As part of a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, the firm aims to raise another $63 million from U.S.-based impact investors, institutions and foundations. “The Caribbean region is underserved and overlooked,” says Resilience Capital Ventures’ Gillian Marcelle, who is advising MPC. The islands are fragmented and the deals may be small, she says, but renewable infrastructure represents “a good business opportunity if you are willing to be patient.”
Daugherty selected for Presidential Leadership Scholars program, March 1, 2020; Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The latest class joins an active network of 298 Scholars who are applying lessons learned through the program to make a difference in the U.S. and around the world, officials said. Examples of these Scholar-led efforts include providing employment and mentorship to veterans, helping adjudicated youth to improve job skills and attain a positive self-image, empowering clinicians to speak with patients about safe storage of firearms, and deploying resources in the wake of natural disasters. Each Scholar is working on a Personal Leadership Project (PLP) as part of the program. Daugherty is focusing his PLP on building national and regional philanthropic partnerships with local foundations to address West Virginia’s greatest opportunities and challenges. One example of this is bringing national and local funders together to address the state’s substance use disorder crisis.
Coming to a podcast near you: Hillary Clinton, February 27, 2020; Politico
“Stern has a cast of characters,” said the person close to Clinton. “So could you have some people on the show in her orbit who are interesting but not necessarily guest-worthy? And then hopefully there’s some irreverence involved.” (Hillary is not the first Clinton with an audio show. Bill and Chelsea Clinton currently both appear on the Clinton Foundation’s podcast, Why Am I Telling You This?)
Puerto Rico emerges as ‘incubator’ for disaster preparedness efforts, February 26, 2020; Devex
The fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery meeting in San Juan last week announced new disaster recovery and preparedness commitments worth $386 million, including $100 million in business growth in Puerto Rico. The day before the convening, former U.S. President Bill Clinton toured multiple local operations backed by CGI commitments. He listened quietly as mental health practitioners described new partnerships to increase mental health services for disaster victims, and met with graduates of a new small business incubation training program in a mountainous, rural area outside of San Juan. Many of these CGI-supported projects, such as an initiative to rebuild resilient watershed systems in vulnerable communities, are short-term projects. There’s a need to broaden partnerships to ensure their sustainability, Clinton said…“Every one of these things needs systems that can go on. You cannot just be episodic, you cannot take every problem that happens and have an episodic response. You say, ‘OK, let’s fix this,’ but what would you want it to look like five years from now, what should it look like 10 years from now?”
eBay Executive Touts the Benefits of the Online Marketplace, February 26, 2020; The Weekly Journal
In that sense, he said, the online marketplace helps local businesses’ bottom lines and helps those in the digital economy gain additional incomes. “We connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world. We help you sell your products beyond the local marketplace. We increase economic opportunities for people,” he said. Aguirre was recently in Puerto Rico and participated in the Clinton Foundation’s recent event on post-disaster recovery in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. He participated in the panel, “Going Global: Expanding Market Access for Caribbean Artisans,” with the aim of highlighting opportunities in the digital economy.
Friends of Puerto Rico Offers Entrepreneurship Programs for 500 Girls and 500 Women, February 26, 2020; Caribbean Business
Friends of Puerto Rico, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, announced its commitment with the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to invest in the future of 1,000 women and girls in Puerto Rico by expanding its Seeds program and launching AMIGAS, a women’s entrepreneurship program. The social impact organization focuses on mobilizing a network of partners to create economic opportunities on the island. It develops entrepreneurial initiatives, offering education and creating opportunities for women and girls. Through the commitment, titled Amigas and Seeds: Entrepreneurship for Women and Girls, the nonprofit aims to create opportunities through entrepreneurship education “based out of agriculture and mentorship to relieve poverty and strengthen the resilience of the communities in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean,” the organization said.
Check out this guide to installing hurricane-resistant rooftop solar PV systems, February 24, 2020; Solar Builder
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Clinton Foundation released a new report focusing on best practices for installing climate-resistant rooftop solar in high-wind regions. Solar Under Storm II (yes, the sequel to Solar Under Storm published in 2018 that focused on ground-mounts), focuses more specifically on rooftop solar survivability from the Caribbean during extreme weather events and hurricane-force winds. That first Solar Under Storm was adopted into the Eastern Caribbean Building Code and is used to inform technical requirements for utility scale projects across the Caribbean. The new Solar Under Storm Part II report shows that rooftop solar survival in the face of major hurricanes and cyclones is achievable and lists a number of technical considerations and recommendations for system specifications in future projects in hurricane-prone areas.
Story time at the laundromat in Bayville, February 21, 2020; Long Island Herald
Instead of driving to the school’s parking lot, a Locust Valley school bus parked at a laundromat in Bayville on Feb. 11. The students getting off the bus wore clothes that appeared to be clean, and rather than bringing laundry detergent, they carried boxes filled with nearly 100 books. Romy Bennett, the Locust Valley middle school librarian, led everyone inside. Then it was time to transform a corner of the laundromat into a children’s library. The idea occurred to Bennett, she said, after she saw a Facebook photo of Bill Clinton reading to a group of children in a Deer Park laundromat. Intrigued, she read the article that accompanied the photo. “The National Clinton Foundation is working with laundromats throughout the nation to promote literacy,” Bennett said. “Laundromat reading corners for kids are appearing all over the country. I realized we could do the same in Locust Valley on our own.”
Solar Systems Can Survive Storms, Report says, February 24, 2020; St. Thomas Source
Researchers from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Clinton Foundation didn’t think so and they have collected data in two reports to show what works and what doesn’t. They shared data from the second report with V.I. Energy Office Director Kyle Fleming in a workshop on Puerto Rico last week. This report concerned how certain roof-mounted solar installations in the Caribbean kept the power on during recent hurricane seasons. The researchers previously released a report about ground-mounted solar systems.
Power chief speaks renewables at global forum, February 24, 2020; Turks and Caicos Weekly
President and CEO Eddinton Powell was a guest speaker and panellist at the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Wednesday (February 19).During the event, he had a one on one talk with Pegasus Capital Advisors chief strategy officer David Crane, a company press release explained. He highlighted FortisTCI’s focus on renewable energy and how the Caribbean is working to make a transition to more sustainable and green energy options. Powell was also part of a guest panel which discussed the topic, ‘Leading the energy transition: Small business growth, innovation and entrepreneurship’. It included representatives from various roles within the sector who shared their experience being at the forefront of the change towards more renewables. The group explained the importance of building strong cross-sectional partnerships with policymakers, investors and innovative companies to create clean energy ecosystems.
Clinton Global Initiative Endorses the Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network and Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance Tree Planting Project as a CGI Commitment to Action, February 24, 2020; Jamaicans.com
The Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network (JDTAN) and the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance’s (CariPhil) – Tree Planting project received a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action Award at the CGI Action Network Post-Disaster Recovery meeting in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, February 18, 2020. The award was presented on stage at the event by former United States President Bill Clinton. The Tree Planting Project seeks to plant 1 MILLION trees in the Caribbean and at least 100,000 in Jamaica – under the colloquial moniker – Plant Nuff Tree. Additionally, the Jamaica tree planting project will not only address climate resilience but also food security by targeting fruit-bearing trees. This is a monumental opportunity for Jamaican Farmers who will receive the trees for free thanks to a partnership with the Trees that Feed Foundation, a Jamaican run organization based in Chicago. Being part of the CGI Action Network, will allow JDTAN and CaraPhil will tap into CGI’s vast network of global partners and experts.
Coordination key to effective disaster recovery response, February 21, 2020; The Bahamas Weekly
Proper coordination is key to delivering an effective disaster recovery response to a storm of the magnitude of Hurricane Dorian, according to Katherine Forbes-Smith, Managing Director of the Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority. Mrs. Forbes-Smith was a panelist on February 18 and 19 at the Clinton Foundation’s CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “If you don’t have any coordination going on, particularly when you have a lot of NGOs offering services in the country, if you cannot coordinate those services and align it with the priories of the Government, we’re not helping anybody,” she said on the February 18 panel, which was moderated former President Bill Clinton…Following the devastating 2017 hurricane season, local leaders from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda approached President Clinton to help them build back better. In response, the Clinton Foundation launched the CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. Building on CGI’s proven Commitment to Action model, this Action Network has brought together over 750 organizations from across sectors and announced over 85 new, specific and measurable plans that advance recovery and promote long-term resiliency across the region.
Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network featured at Clinton Global Initiative event in Puerto Rico, February 21, 2020; South Florida Caribbean News
The Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network (JDTAN) was featured at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network Post-Disaster Recovery meeting in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, February 18, 2020. Leo Gilling was a speaker on the Enriching Community-Driven Food System panel which focused on food security and food sovereignty in the Caribbean. Leo addressed how climate action can impact food security and sustainable livelihoods for Farmers. Also, the Caribbean Tree Planting project, JDTAN is co-leading with the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance (CariPhil Alliance) received a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action certificate. The certificate was presented on stage by former United States President, Bill Clinton.
President Clinton Visits With Inclusiv, Financial Co-op in Puerto Rico, February 20, 2020; CU Today
President Bill Clinton visited Cooperativa La Sagrada in this rural area as part of Inclusiv's participation in the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. The initiative is devoted to natural disaster recovery in the greater Caribbean region. Inclusiv said it has led efforts to support marginalized communities on the frontlines of climate change, helping financial cooperatives such Sagrada Familia rebuild their communities after Hurricane María through access to resources that strengthen and amplify their community development work. According to Inclusiv, during his visit Clinton learned about Sagrada Familia’s community development projects, including the Oasis Project, a resiliency center in development in the rural town of Naranjito that aims to serve more than 128,000 residents of the towns of Corozal, Naranjito, Barranquitas and Comerio.
Rocky Mountain Institute and Clinton Foundation launch guide for hurricane-resistant rooftop solar, February 20, 2020; PV Buzz
Sanya Detweiler, associate director of the Clinton Climate Initiative, said “Our work across the Caribbean is to support island governments and vulnerable communities as they transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources. In light of more intense and frequent storms, the knowledge and lessons captured in this report help to ensure that solar energy can be installed—and stay in place—even following extreme weather events.”
‘The Press Has Never Taken Reproductive Health Seriously’: Hillary Clinton Lets Loose on Women’s Rights, February 19, 2020; Glamour
“It’s not at all complicated,” Hillary Clinton tells Glamour, speaking from a local clinic in Puerto Rico where the Clinton Foundation has partnered to help local midwives bring aid to pregnant women and new mothers. “We’re not getting adequate medical care for prenatal exams and treatment for birth and delivery, and as a result there are many places in the United States that have a third-world rate of maternal mortality.” Texas—the state with the highest uninsured population—has some of the highest rates of death for pregnant women and new mothers, she explains. “We should be treating it like the health emergency that it is.”
Support for mothers and midwives, February 19, 2020; El Nuevo Dia
Yesterday, and as part of the Clinton Global Initiative-Action Network for Post-Disaster Recovery activities, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited this organization located in Carolina and with 14 years of experience on the island. After Hurricanes Irma and María hit Puerto Rico in 2017, the Clinton organization established partnerships with the Hispanic Federation and Solar Libre to install a solar system that allowed the organization to be independent of the Electrical Power Authority (PREPA) service.
Clinton advocates renewable energy and technology for the Caribbean, February 19, 2020; EFE
Former US President Bill Clinton advocated Wednesday for the development of renewable energy and technology as key elements for the development of the Caribbean region. "Renewable energies are necessary to be more resilient in the Caribbean," Clinton said during a talk that closed the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting at its foundation.
Hillary Clinton warns about climate change in Puerto Rico, February 19, 2020; Univision – Puerto Rico
Hillary Clinton, warned on Wednesday about the threats of climate change , during her speech at the closing day of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting held in Puerto Rico. Clinton said that one must "act on climate change and take action," on the last day of a meeting on natural disaster recovery of the CGI encompassed in the activities of the Clinton Foundation led by her husband, former president Bill Clinton. He stressed that to serve as an example, the CGI has launched projects in favor of the environment, such as solar installations in areas affected in the Caribbean by natural disasters.
Rocky Mountain Institute, Clinton Foundation, Release Rooftop Solar Report, February 19, 2020; Solar Industry Magazine
The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) collaborates with governments and partner organizations to increase the resilience of communities facing climate change while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2012, CCI has worked in over 15 island nations, assisting in developing more than 70 MW of clean energy projects and bringing in more than $125 million in project investment.
Americares Expands Health Services for Hurricane Dorian Survivors in the Bahamas, February 19, 2020; Relief Web
Americares has made a commitment to expand access to critical primary care and mental health and psychosocial support services for families recovering from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. The health-focused relief and development organization announced “Increasing Access to Health Services for Dorian Survivors” yesterday as a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Americares medical teams will provide essential primary care and mental health services on the Abaco Islands through June to support the ongoing health needs of survivors.
CFVI, Lutheran Services Seek Partners to Complete Solarization of Queen Louise Home, February 19, 2020; St. Croix Source
In 2019, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action have partnered with Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands to solarize the Queen Louise Home for Children on St. Croix, which provides care for up to 29 children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected and also houses the U.S. Virgin Islands’ only Early Head Start program. With the help of CGI, a solar PV system was secured for two buildings at the Queen Louise Home, saving the home more than $1,500 per month. “That money can now be reinvested into programs that support the youth living at the home and families participating in Early Head Start,” said Baecher-Brown.
Former President Bill Clinton visits SANOS in Caguas, February 18, 2020; Metro Puerto Rico
Former US President Bill Clinton visited the SANOS Corporation on Monday to tour this 330 health center in Caguas and learn about the results of the naxolone program funded by Direct Relief and the Clinton Foundation. “The collaboration with Direct Relief and the Clinton Foundation began with some efforts after the passage of Hurricane Maria. Financial resources were obtained to attend to the labor force, they donated medicines to us, a new Mobile Medical Unit was requested for SANOS that is about to arrive and it was achieved that Direct Relief provided us with the Naloxone medicine, which reverses opioid overdoses. This has helped save lives in Caguas, ”César Montijo, executive director of SANOS explained in written statements.
Bill Clinton: "I am trying to give people a different picture of Puerto Rico", February 18, 2020; El Nuevo Dia
For former US President Bill Clinton , the “combination” of an accumulated debt, the distrust that it generates and “all political controversies” on the issue are the main obstacles Puerto Rico faces in accessing the federal funds necessary for recovery after the hurricanes Irma and Maria , as well as the recent seismic activity.
Rocky Mountain Institute and Clinton Foundation Launch New Guide for Hurricane-Resistant Rooftop Solar, February 18, 2020; Benzinga
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Clinton Foundation today released a new report, Solar Under Storm II, focusing on best practices for installing climate-resistant rooftop solar in high-wind regions. A sequel to Solar Under Storm, published in 2018, this latest report offers new and sought-after analysis of rooftop solar survivability from the Caribbean during extreme weather events and hurricane-force winds.
Weekend surrounded by friends from Puerto Rico, February 18, 2020; El Nuevo Dia
Outside the federal sphere, the grants that the Clinton Foundation has coordinated through its Clinton Global Initiative for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have greatly contributed to the physical, educational, social and emotional recovery after Maria. For example, in a conversation in which I participated today, headed by Secretary Clinton, we talked about how it has been identified that, ordinarily it was ignored how the rescuers themselves, immersed in the intense work they do to help others, also develop problems emotional needs to be addressed so that they can continue to be effective in their efforts. Like conferences of legislators that I attended for many years allow a valuable exchange of ideas, forums such as the one organized by the Clinton Foundation in Puerto Rico allow us to leave dimes and directs ad nauseam about warehouse management and discuss how to really solve problems so deep that sometimes they are undetectable and difficult to solve.
Clinton highlights island successes, February 18, 2020; El Nuevo Dia
“I’m trying to give people a different picture of Puerto Rico, what’s happening here, how people really are, what their potential really is”, the former president said during a press release after visiting the Sagrada Familia Cooperative in Corozal and the nonprofit organization Caras con Causa in Cataño yesterday as part of the Clinton Global Initiative annual efforts. Clinton said that it bothers him that “we only hear about problems when things are happening that are really extraordinary and would be considered extraordinary if they were happening in the most prosperous places in America…" Through their foundation, the Clintons seek commitments from entities that can financially support initiatives that benefit communities. They already have a network of 114 commitments with an estimated economic impact of $385 million. As for Puerto Rico, the Clintons have expressed their support to help the island recover from Hurricane María and the earthquakes that particularly hit the southern area of the island.
Hillary Clinton will not be Michael Bloomberg’s ballot companion, February 18, 2020; El Nuevo Dia
Clinton's visit is part of a tour of the projects involved in the Recovery Action Network following a Disaster promoted by the Clinton Foundation. Yesterday, her husband, the former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, visited the Sagrada Familia Cooperative in Corozal. The MAM Center, with 14 years on the island, promotes the right to humanized childbirth, education that generates informed decision making and the integral well-being of mothers during the stage of pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, breastfeeding and parenting. After hurricanes Irma and María, the organization established alliances with the Hispanic Federation and Solar Libre who installed a solar system that provided the entity with independence from the Electric Power Authority.
Hillary Clinton will support the Democratic presidential candidate who is elected, February 18, 2020; EFE
At MAM, Hillary Clinton interacted with representatives of the Puerto Rican nonprofit organization Solar Libre, established a week after Hurricane Maria in September 2017 in order to install solar panels on the island. MAM, in turn, promotes a culture of peace at the time of delivery, focused on achieving a safe childbirth experience that safeguards the physical and psychological health of the family.
Hillary Clinton criticizes Trump for his lack of support in rebuilding P. Rico, February 18, 2020; EFE
Hillary Clinton criticized the Trump administration on Tuesday for considering that the aid given to Puerto Rico for the reconstruction of the island after Hurricanes Irma and Maria passed in September 2017 did not It was enough. "I don't think any of the aid that has been given to Puerto Rico under this administration has been normal," Clinton said Tuesday after visiting the nonprofit health center Mujeres Ayudando Madres, located in the tourist center of Isla Verde , dedicated to educating and supporting families during the gestation process. Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US President Bill Clinton, visit the island as part of several activities of the Clinton Foundation, which includes resorting to recovery projects launched after the hurricanes in September 2017.
Start your Monday smart: Presidents Day, Robert Durst, Roger Stone, Nevada caucuses, Daytona 500, February 17, 2020; CNN
The Clintons focus on Puerto Rico. Former President Bill Clinton is due to visit sites across the US territory ahead of a two-day meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. The island has been rocked recently by earthquakes, a major hurricane, economic stagnation and corruption scandals.
Clinton will not support any candidates in the US Democratic primary, February 17, 2020; EFE
Clinton visited the Sagrada Familia Cooperative on Monday in Corozal, a municipality in the interior of the island, where he recognized the social work of that institution and the cooperative saving movement throughout Puerto Rico. In addition, he visited the nonprofit organization Caras con Causa in Cataño, a municipality near San Juan. Clinton's visit is part of a tour of the projects involved in the Clinton Foundation's Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.
Clinton says that Puerto Rico should be treated like any part of the United States, February 17, 2020; EFE
Former US President Bill Clinton said Monday that Puerto Rico should be treated like any other part of the United States, in press statements after visiting the Sagrada Familia Cooperative and the Caras con Causa Foundation. Clinton, who visits the island to see first-hand recovery projects launched after the hurricanes of September 2017, said he is in favor of Puerto Rico receiving equal treatment in terms of the arrival of federal funds.
Clinton recognizes the work of the Sagrada Familia Cooperative in Corozal, February 17, 2020; El Expresso
Clinton's visit is part of a tour of the projects involved in the Clinton Foundation's Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.The Sagrada Familia Cooperative was selected for the visit as a result of the success of its community initiatives that are representative of the work of the cooperative nationwide. "Clinton, through the Action Network for Recovery after a Disaster, has recognized that the Sagrada Familia Cooperative and the cooperative sector have performed a very supportive service in their communities, essential to direct them towards making them sustainable," said Pablo DeFilippi, Executive Vice President of Membership and Institutional Relations of Inclusiv.
Former President Bill Clinton arrives on the Island, February 17, 2020; El Vocero
Former US President Bill Clinton arrived in Corozal to visit projects of the Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery of the Clinton Foundation. The former president will be on the Island until Wednesday. The first stop of this visit was the Cooperativa Sagrada Familia in Corozal. As reported by the foundation in a statement sent last week, this entity has a historical record of community support. It is affiliated with Inclusiv, a national organization that represents credit unions in Puerto Rico and on the continent that are committed to the financial inclusion and economic strengthening of communities neglected by traditional banking.
Clinton supports designation of federal coordinator, but united to the community, Febraury 17, 2020; Noticel
Clinton's visit is part of a tour of the projects involved in the Recovery Action Network following a Disaster promoted by the Clinton Foundation. The Sagrada Familia Cooperative was selected for the visit as a result of the success and impact of its community initiatives that are representative of the cooperative work at the national level. "Clinton, through the Disaster Recovery Action Network, has recognized that the Sagrada Familia Cooperative and the cooperative sector have performed a very supportive and empowerment service in their communities, which is essential to make them resilient and move them towards self-sustainability, "said Pablo DeFilippi, executive vice president of Membership and Institutional Relations of Inclusiv.
Clinton Presidential Center celebrates Presidents Day with free admission, February 11, 2020; KARK
In celebration of Presidents Day, the Clinton Presidential Center will offer all visitors free admission on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Visitors are encouraged to explore both the permanent and the temporary exhibits, including the Clinton Center’s current temporary exhibits …Like It’s 1999: American Pop Culture in the 1990s and The Mighty Mississippi: HeART and Soul of the Southern Delta.
On Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, the Clinton Presidential Center and the Pulaski County Circuit and County Clerk will host a voter registration day. Clinton Center volunteers will be available to help Arkansas residents fill out voter registration forms, check voter registration status and details, as well as provide registration information to residents of other states. The Clinton Center will host additional voter registration days throughout the year; more details to come. Also, Presidents Day is a free admission day at the Clinton Center. From 9 a.m – 5 p.m. On Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, visitors may tour the permanent and temporary exhibits at no charge.
In Brownsville, Food Shopping is a Learning Landscape, January 31, 2020; Spectrum News NY
"Learning Landscapes" is a program launched by the not-for-profit group United for Brownsville to help children build literacy skills and help draw families closer together. "Launching the project in the grocery store where everybody comes to shop because everybody has to eat is a way to sort of create the most amount of accessibility that we can and reach the largest number of people that we can," said United for Brownsville Co-Director Kassa Belay.
Cooper one of 60 Presidential Leadership Scholars, January 31, 2020; Wilkes Journal-Patriot
The program is designed to be a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders who collaborate and work to make a difference as they learn about leadership through the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson. Each class of Presidential Leadership Scholars is selected after an application and review process. They are selected based on leadership growth potential and personal leadership projects aimed at improving civic engagement or social good by addressing a problem or need in their community
Seven DFW Leaders Selected as Presidential Leadership Scholars, January 29, 2020; Dallas Innovates
The sixth class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program includes seven DFW residents out of this year’s 60 scholars. They have all been chosen based on applicants’ leadership growth potential and their personal leadership projects geared to improve civic engagement or social good, according to a statement. Since 2015, the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program has aimed to bring a diverse network of mid-career professionals and former presidents, administration officials, academics, and business and civic leaders together to create change at home and worldwide.
2020 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars announced, January 29, 2020; The Lane Report
PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders brought together to collaborate and make a difference in the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson. The sixth class was selected after a rigorous application and review process. Scholars were selected based on their leadership growth potential and their personal leadership projects aimed at improving civic engagement or social good by addressing a problem or need in their community.
Leadership Scholars include three Arkansans, January 27, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Three Arkansans are among the 60 people chosen this year to be Presidential Leadership Scholars, according to the Clinton Foundation. The program kicks off Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Over the next six months, the scholars will spend an extended weekend once a month at various stops, including the presidential libraries of Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
In what could be a national model, Milwaukee unveils cozy learning space in children's courthouse, January 24, 2020; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's an inviting little space with a child-size sofa, a bookshelf and baskets of toys, and carved butterflies on the wall — a place where a parent might sit on the floor, pull out a book and read to a child. That's the hope, at least, of Milwaukee city officials who unveiled the space Friday aided with a little star power: former first-daughter Chelsea Clinton, who is championing similar spaces across the country with the Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail initiative.The Family Read, Play & Learn space in the Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center is part of a broader effort in Milwaukee and across the country to improve the educational outcomes of, primarily, low-income children and children of color by focusing on brain and language development in the earliest years.
Chelsea Clinton promotes early childhood education at Milwaukee’s Children’s Court Center, January 24, 2020; CBS 58 – WDJT-Milwaukee
"The main event is watching the children play with the blocks, watching the children play with the letters, watching the children watch the books, and yes, even watching the children try to eat the books," she said. "But at least they are now going to feel comfortable with the books." Too Small to Fail is working with Milwaukee's Office of Early Childhood Initiatives to create a family read, play and learn space at the Children's Court Center.
Wash, dry, read: Students at Jersey City school build library in laundromat, January 20, 2020; The Jersey Journal
On Monday afternoon, volunteers from Hamilton Park worked to install a “Family Read, Play & Learn” space in the laundromat, complete with a table, chairs and couch. The space will also house about 50 books, toys, puppets, and a whiteboard with movable letters. The books will be replenished by volunteers on a regular basis… The project is the product of a partnership between Hamilton Park Montessori School and Too Small To Fail, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation that promotes children’s literacy. LaundryCares, the philanthropic arm of the industry group the Coin Laundry Association, also provided support.
Get the presidential experience right here in Little Rock at 42 Bar and Table, January 23, 2019; KTHV
One of the most amazing parts of 42 is the view. Located on the Ground Floor of the Clinton Library, 42 bar and table gives diners an expansive views of the Clinton Presidential Center Park Bridge. There are plenty of places to sit outside and with a huge window at the back of the restaurant, you get access to views wherever you’re sitting… The restaurant has served many famous dignitaries and presidents over the years along with thousands of visitors stopping in to eat while touring the Clinton Presidential Library. They say they aim to give the “presidential experience” to anyone they serve.
Early literacy campaign launches in Columbia County, January 10, 2020; Hudson Valley 360
Columbia County on Tuesday joined communities from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine, to participate in the “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaign, which encourages parents and caregivers to talk, sing and read to their children, especially from infancy to 5 years old, to foster a formative stage in their development. The campaign uses free books, posters, tote bags, totes to hold books, brochures, advertisements and other similar ways to encourage parents and caregivers to have simple, everyday interactions with young children such as describing objects seen during a walk or car ride, singing songs or telling stories so they can be better prepared for school and a lifetime of learning.
Justice Dept. winds down Clinton-related inquiry once championed by Trump. It found nothing of consequence., January 10, 2020; Washington Post
As a part of his review, Huber examined documents and conferred with federal law enforcement officials in Little Rock who were handling a meandering probe into the Clinton Foundation, people familiar with the matter said. Current and former officials said that Huber has largely finished and found nothing worth pursuing — though the assignment has not formally ended and no official notice has been sent to the Justice Department or to lawmakers, these people said.
Surprise, Surprise: The DOJ’s Hillary Clinton investigation has been a bust, January 10, 2020; Vanity Fair
The Washington Post reported Thursday that after continuing on for more than two years, Huber's investigation “has effectively ended with no tangible results.” After combing through documents and conferring with federal law enforcement officials looking into the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Post reports that Huber has “found nothing worth pursuing,” let alone any criminal charges.
How 'Lock Her Up!' just blew up, January 10, 2020; CNN
Here's something else that happened on Thursday night: The Trump Justice Department closed its 2-year long probe into Clinton's business dealings -- including whether the Clinton Foundation received special treatment during the former first lady's time as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. That includes an allegation made by Trump (and some other conservatives) that Clinton had somehow steered a uranium deal to the Russians after a donation to the Clinton Foundation. "Remember that Hillary Clinton gave Russia 20 percent of American uranium and, you know, she was paid a fortune," Trump said on the campaign trail in October 2016. "You know, they got a tremendous amount of money." That wasn't true then. And now an investigation authorized by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into potential wrongdoing by Clinton has turned up a total of zero wrongdoing of any sort by either Hillary or Bill Clinton -- or anyone associated with the Clinton Foundation.
Federal prosecutor wrapping up investigation into Clinton Foundation and FBI, January 9, 2020; Washington Examiner
U.S. Attorney John Huber's two-year-plus inquiry, which has been shrouded in mystery compared to other politically charged investigations involving federal law enforcement, has not led to any criminal charges or any "known impacts," according to the Washington Post. Huber, who hails from Utah, was tasked by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate a list of allegations by Republicans in Congress. During his review, Huber examined documents and spoke with federal law enforcement officials in Little Rock, Arkansas, who were involved in an inquiry into the Clinton family's foundation.
Justice inquiry into Hillary Clinton's business dealings languishes, January 9, 2020; Erie News Now
A Justice Department review of business dealings tied to Hillary Clinton -- championed by President Donald Trump and his allies -- has wound down with officials not finding enough evidence to recommend the formal opening of a criminal investigation, according to current and former US officials. Huber was said to be examining allegations that donors to the Clinton Foundation had been given special treatment by Clinton when she served as secretary of state in the first half of the Obama administration.
Seychelles set for 4MW floating solar plant, January 10, 2020; PV Tech
Last year, the Clinton Climate Initiative announced that it was supporting the project, with the Government of Seychelles and the Public Utilities Corporation with the support of the African Legal Support Facility and the Clinton Foundation. Also included in the planned project was Trinity International LLP and Multiconsult Norge AS, serving as the transaction and tender advisers.
Agreement for Africa's first utility-scale floating solar farm, located in Seychelles, to be signed this quarter, January 9, 2020; Seychelles News Agency
Once the power purchase and government support agreements are signed, construction will start for the approximately four-megawatt power plant in the Providence lagoon on Mahe, the main island. The plant is expected to provide affordable and clean power to the national grid.
Arkansas still sees giving by Clintons; 10 groups aided by family charity, January 5, 2020; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Nearly two decades after moving to New York, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continue to donate their own funds to a variety of causes that benefit Arkansans, tax filings show. The list of nonprofits aided by the Clinton Family Foundation in 2018, the latest year for which information was available, includes at least 10 with deep Arkansas roots.
The Future Is Trashion, December 20, 2019; New York Times
Mr. Silverstein always knew he wanted to be a designer. When he was 4, he started making clothes for his sister’s Barbies out of tissue paper and tinfoil. By the time he was 14, he was taking weekend classes at F.I.T. and making his friends’ prom dresses. His Damascene moment was more like a series of cold-water splashes. For a senior-year competition for the Clinton Global Initiative, he designed a pair of sustainable jeans, which became his first zero-waste pattern. He didn’t win, but his teacher told him to hold on to the idea. “‘You have something there,’” he recalled the teacher saying.
Bill Clinton visits local laundromat, December 19, 2019; The Islip Bulletin
Former President Bill Clinton visited three New York locations last week, including a Deer Park laundromat, to promote various Clinton Foundation programs. At Laundro Lux, he helped unveil a new reading area available to children for reading and playing while parents do laundry.
The 12 Tips for Less Stress: Holiday Advice from the Experts, December 17, 2019; Early Learning Nation
“One of my favorite ways to de-stress is cuddling up and reading a good book with my children. Not only is it relaxing and fun for all of us, but at Too Small to Fail, we know that simple, everyday interactions like talking, reading and singing can have a lifelong positive impact on children’s early brain and language development.” —Jane Park, Director, Too Small to Fail, the early learning program of the Clinton Foundation; read about her organization’s laundromat-based literacy programs.
Improving the Industry Roundtable: Marketing and Customer Relations, December 17, 2019; American Coin-Op
Giving back to the community is one of the best ways to garner positive customer relations. The LaundryCares Foundation has partnered with Too Small to Fail and Libraries Without Borders to help increase childhood literacy in the neighborhoods that our laundries serve.
Young lawyer chosen by Clinton Foundation, December 15, 2019; The Hindu
Akhil Ennamsetty, at the same age, has not only decided what he wanted to do in his life, but also got international support for his philanthropic goal. This young law graduate from Warangal is among the chosen 600 world over by the Clinton Foundation for enrolment into its Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU), and the only one from Telangana.
“The Mighty Mississippi: Heart and Soul of the Delta” at Clinton Center, December 13, 2019; Arkansas Times
‘The Mighty Mississippi: Heart and Soul of the Delta,’ opening Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Clinton Presidential Center, packs a big punch in a little gallery, the perfect experience for folks who love art and music and don’t have a whole lot of time.
Good News Matters: New exhibit at Clinton Library travels back to the 90s, December 13, 2019; KARK
The 90s are back at a new exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center. From Men in Black to Britney Spears, you can see major props and costumes that will bring you nostalgia from an era that has been a hot topic lately.
Kaiser Permanente seeks to address trauma in 25,000 schools by 2023, December 12, 2019; Modern Healthcare
Laurie Stradley, chief program officer at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a not-for-profit organization that is partnering with Kaiser on the project, said the initiative was a natural evolution of the collaborative work the two groups has done since 2013 to focus on all aspects of the health of children. “We really come to this with the belief that the systems, policies, practices and people around our children are the most influential parts of their lives,’ Stradley said. ‘When we can change systems and environments to improve health outcomes that's the approach we tend to take.”
Bill Clinton Unveils Laundromat Literacy Program On Long Island, December 11, 2019; WSHU
“Former President Bill Clinton was on Long Island this week to introduce a new program to install learning spaces for children at laundromats across the country. The program, which is part of the Clinton Foundation’s early childhood education initiative, will create play spaces for children at laundromats with toys, books and other literacy resources to help young children’s language development.”
President Bill Clinton Visits Bed-Stuy’s Cornerstone Baptist Church, December 11, 2019; Brooklyn Reader
Former President Bill Clinton visited the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Bed-Stuy to check out the energy-efficient upgrades the house of worship has received due to a Clinton Global Initiative University commitment. The church received several energy efficiency upgrades, which President Bill Clinton praised as essential in the fight against climate change.
Jamaican PhD candidate among invitees to annual Clinton confab, December 11, 2019; Stabroek News
Jamaican computational biologist Camir Ricketts has been invited to attend the 12th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) meeting to be held at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in April 2020. Ricketts, the founder of Minds Of Jamaica (MindsOf), which provides a mentorship platform between successful Jamaican nationals and students preparing to start their professional journey, will join more than 600 students from around the world at the prestigious event to be hosted by former United States President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea.
Bubba in Brooklyn! Bill Clinton visits Bed-Stuy Holy House, December 11, 2019; Brooklyn Paper
The 102-year-old church was outfitted with high-tech, but low-cost eco-friendly technology, including efficient lights and a new cooling system, which Clinton said proves that you don’t have to break the bank to do your part for Mother Earth. "Some of the lowest cost responses are what you see happening in this church, and they all buy us 10, 20, 30 years before the worst happens for us to fix the whole thing."
Chabad Rabbis Join Substance Use Disorders Educational Initiative, December 10, 2019; Chabad Lubavitch Headquarters News
A project of the Clinton Foundation, the program aims to educate and train spiritual leaders—often the first ones struggling users turn to, and, as their website puts it, “equips them with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to organize community members, reduce stigma of addiction, and to fight substance use disorders in their communities.” Last year’s pilot program successfully ran in Little Rock, Arkansas, Houston, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida.
One-on-One with the CEO of the Clinton Foundation, December 10, 2019; Spectrum News NY1
Kevin Thurm, the CEO of the Clinton Foundation, joined Errol Louis to talk about former President Clinton’s visit to New York City and discuss how their global initiatives are helping people right here in the five boroughs.
Brooklyn church receives energy-efficient overhaul, thanks in part to President Clinton, December 10, 2019; News12 Bronx
Former President Bill Clinton visited the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Bed-Stuy Tuesday to see the energy-efficient upgrades the house of worship has received. ‘Here you made going to church a better experience because it's not just God's light shining on you brighter right,’ President Clinton said.
Parents wash while Bill Clinton reads to their children in Deer Park, December 10, 2019; Newsday
No, the former two-term Democratic commander-in-chief did not come to Deer Park to do a load of whites and read a briefing paper while he waited. He stopped off at the laundromat to promote a reading program allowing parents to convert laundry time into library time for their children through ‘Wash Time is Talk Time,’ an initiative launched in 2015 by the Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail program. ‘Before we started most of them had nothing to do when they’re here,’ Clinton said of children who often tag along when their parents do the laundry. ‘So, we decided we were going to try to work with them and set up these reading spaces, play spaces and make them learning environments. It’s been, as you see, a great success. The kids love it.’
Former President Bill Clinton visits Deer Park laundromat, December 10, 2019; News12 Long Island
Former President Bill Clinton stopped by a Deer Park laundromat Tuesday. Clinton came to announce a new literacy program and reading space at Laundro Lux. The program was created through a partnership between the Clinton Foundation's Early Childhood Education Initiative. and the LaundryCares Foundation.
How to Convince Your Kid That Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Is Actually Pretty Cool, December 10, 2019; Thrive Global
Working with our partners, the youth health and wellness non-profit GENYOUth and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, we found 93 percent of the participants reported “better sleep.” Seventy-seven percent reported at least one positive mood change. They found that when they included next-morning preparations in their bedtime routine, like picking out clothes, they felt less stressed and more prepared for the day ahead.
Celebrating 25 years of the CDFI Fund, December 9, 2019; Credit Union Journal
“On November 20, the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock hosted President and Secretary Clinton in a conference marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund under the U.S. Treasury Department. The fund was created in 1994 to fulfill a campaign promise of Bill Clinton: to create a network of ‘100 community development banks and 1,000 microenterprise organizations.’”
Coders are the new superheroes of natural disasters, December 6, 2019; TechRepublic
Code and Response is a Commitment to Action between IBM and Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) that was announced in January 2019 at the third Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico. CGI U partners with IBM and commits to inspiring university students to harness modern, emerging and open-source technologies to develop solutions for disaster response and resilience challenge. As part of the commitment, in 2019, CGI U and IBM hosted 10 Code and Response Codeathons to activate college students from around the world in creating tech-driven social impact solutions.
CU Boulder’s first Schwarzman Scholar announced, December 3, 2019; CU Boulder Today
“Zeena Nisar’s work with organizations such as Ashinaga and the Clinton Global Initiative University are among her contributions to the nonprofit world. With Ashinaga, Zeena contributed STEM educational materials for orphaned and /vulnerable students to equip them for the rigors of American college-level courses. Through the Clinton Global Initiative University, Zeena was a “commitment maker” to a local nonprofit in order to quantify and measure impact.”
Local entrepreneur speaks at Clinton Foundation's annual economic policy conference, November 29, 2019; Greensboro News & Record
“Melissa Wallace didn’t anticipate speaking to hundreds of people at an economic conference when she started Hops and Nuts, her Greensboro-based company that sells prepackaged gourmet nuts to breweries, wineries and specialty retailers. But four years later, she found herself recently on stage at the Clinton Foundation’s annual domestic economic policy conference at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark.”
Bill Clinton: Confronting Income Inequality, November 27, 2019; Spectrum News NY1
“The former president reflects on his time as governor of Arkansas, and discusses whether his economic policies as president made a difference, including his 1993 legislation to provide federal support for community development financial institutions to help low-income communities. And he talks about the one proposal he wished was enacted to help those living in New York City public housing.”
Clintons focus on economic inequality at Arkansas conference, November 20, 2019; Associated Press
Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that efforts to increase access to credit and financial assistance in underserved areas can help bridge America’s partisan divide, as he and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, hosted a daylong summit focused on economic inequality. The Clintons opened the daylong conference at the former president’s library in Little Rock to mark the 25th anniversary of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, a federal initiative that provides assistance to low-income communities. The conference featured former Clinton administration officials, nonprofit leaders, mayors and others.
A Clinton-era gem to repolish: How Bill and Hillary helped economically empower communities across America, November 20, 2019; New York Daily News
“This is a small state. If someone got laid off, there’s a 50% chance I knew them, practically,” Clinton told a packed auditorium of bankers, activists and ex-administration officials. He recalled how the need to revitalize the state in the 1980s led him — along with the state’s First Lady, Hillary Clinton — to partner with local business and charitable leaders to co-found Southern Bancorp, a community development bank that provides loans and other services to distressed areas. “We started hearing from businesses that they no longer knew their banker,” Hillary said, recounting the dire need for credit in Northeastern Arkansas. “More dreams die in the parking lots of banks than anywhere else in America.” From humble beginnings, Southern Bancorp has grown to $1.2 billion in assets with more than 43 branches across the mid-South. Last year, the bank extended 7,000 loans, half of them for less than $10,000. Each of those loans has a story behind it. Credit allows a small business to keep its doors open, or a day-care center to expand or repair a leaky roof; loans for families can send a child to college or stave off foreclosure.
In addition to remarks by President Clinton and Secretary Clinton, the conference will include a series of panel discussions and networking events with CDFI leadership, leading impact investors, mayors, community organizations, and former Clinton administration officials. The conference is being held as the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund marks the 25th anniversary of its creation, among other important economic milestones from the Clinton administration, including the development of Rural Empowerment Zones, the establishment of the New Market Tax Credit, and more. Together with state and local municipalities, nonprofits, and the philanthropic and private sectors, these Clinton administration priorities were key in unlocking economic opportunity by focusing on efforts to address income inequality and creating an era of broad-based economic growth.
Trickle-down is a dead end, Bill Clinton says; in Little Rock, ex-president advises raising economy from bottom up, November 20, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Rejecting "trickle-down economics," former President Bill Clinton stressed the importance of creating an economy that works for all Americans. Speaking at a conference in Little Rock on domestic economic policy, Clinton spoke about the need for "shared prosperity" and ways to achieve it. The 42nd president was joined at the Clinton Presidential Center event by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, plus a host of mayors, lenders, investors and community leaders. Giving large tax breaks to the wealthy isn't the solution to the nation's economic ills, Clinton argued. "I think if you grow the economy from the bottom up and the middle out, you can reduce inequality and increase opportunity and I think it is relatively less costly to do than trickle-down economics and the impact of the dollar is much higher," he said. The theme of the day was "Economic Inclusion and Growth: The Way Forward."
President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton are hosting “Economic Inclusion and Growth: The Way Forward,” a conference on domestic economic policy at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock Wednesday. The all-day conference features five panels, each of them highlighting certain ideas and topics to build better economies. In addition to remarks by President Clinton and Secretary Clinton, the conference will include a series of panel discussions and networking events with CDFI leadership, leading impact investors, mayors, community organizations, and former Clinton administration officials. Some of the panelists featured today include the treasurer of Starbucks, mayors of cities like Oakland and Denver, as well as various CEOs and business leaders.
Leeds to Speak on Financial Inclusion at Event with President and Secretary Clinton, November 19, 2019; University of Arkansas News
University of Arkansas vice chancellor Stacy Leeds will speak on a panel moderated by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock on Wednesday, Nov. 20. President Bill Clinton will open the event with Secretary Clinton and Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp. The conference, Economic Inclusion And Growth: The Way Forward, will be live streamed.
Betty Cook: Place called Hope, November 18, 2019; Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Why, after 15 years, do I still spend 16-20 hours a week volunteering at the Clinton Center? The answer is simple: I believe that President Clinton devoted himself to making the world a better place for all of us, not just in the United States, but around the world. When our guests come to the Clinton Center, we, the volunteers, are telling his story. And it's easy to do because I still believe in a place called Hope. I see it every day. I am still inspired by the story of a single mother raising her son, overcoming hardships, and seeing that young man work to become the governor of his home state and then serve as the 42nd president of this great country.
HIGH PROFILE: Volunteering has opened up a world of opportunities for Ann Kamps, all because she watched 'Hair' in Memphis, November 17, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Since before the doors opened 15 years ago, Kamps has been a key figure at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. For the last several years she has the title of manager of volunteer and visitor services. "In my position, I oversee the volunteer program and the amazing volunteer corps that together, with all the staff, to work every day to ensure the millions of visitors who have come and continue to come to the center will have a truly memorable, presidential experience," Kamps says. "We all carry the honor of representing the 42nd President of the United States which, for me, is really a labor of love that guides all of my work."
REX NELSON: A library ages well, November 17, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The archives at the Clinton Center contain about 2 million photographs, 21 million email messages, 80 million pages of documents, and 80,000 artifacts. More than 112,000 people and organizations donated to the library, including a number of foreign governments and business leaders… The school uses a project-based learning model in which students are taught skills in the classroom for later use on three major projects--a team-based project, an international project and an individual project. In an alumni survey, 85 percent of respondents said their Clinton School project work helped them in job placement. The school has hosted 36 visiting scholars. There have been 13 graduating classes with two classes in progress. More than 1,000 field service projects have been completed, and students have worked in 92 countries.
Business Briefs - Clinton Foundation economic summit Wednesday, November 17, 2019; Times Record
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton will host “Economic Inclusion and Growth: The Way Forward,” a conference on domestic economic policy, Wednesday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. The meeting will include announcements of new commitments designed to support entrepreneurship, spur economic development, and improve financial health of underserved communities, and the continuing impact of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI), a news release states.
Building a Lithium-Ion Battery That’s Less Likely to Explode, November 15, 2019; Bloomberg
Last year, when Jesse Gerstin was leading the Clinton Foundation’s climate initiatives, one of his tasks was to bring reliable power to hospitals and other critical infrastructure in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria had devastated the island a year earlier, highlighting just how vulnerable its electrical grid was. It remains unreliable today… The Clinton Foundation and other groups have since installed SimpliPhi systems—batteries, management software, and other tools—in multiple hospitals and clinics across the island. The model is proving useful for California homeowners and businesses dealing with the blackouts prompted by wildfires, says Gerstin, who joined SimpliPhi in May as head of sustainable business development.
Blank Foundation’s grant to CARE assists economic, disaster programs, November 15, 2019; Atlanta Journal Constitution
Pennies to Power, which empowers women and communities to take charge of their economic futures, will receive $5.49 million; and the Humanitarian Surge Fund, which will double the number of emergencies where CARE is able to respond, will receive $1.3 million.Since 1998, the foundation has made 331 grants for combined domestic and international disaster relief of more than $5 million, including matching gifts to employee contributions. One of its partners has been the Clinton Global Initiative, founded in 2005 by former President Bill Clinton, and McPhee said there is interest in doing more work in the Caribbean
San Rafael man’s laundromat-literacy program encourages young readers, November 15, 2019; Marin Independent Journal
“We see the challenge of entertaining kids when a parent is trying to do a chore like laundry. But, I’d see kids, sitting around bored. I decided to build on a national trend and approached the Marin County Free Library about connecting the link between laundromats and literacy.”Some call it books and bubbles. Whatever the hook, it got a boost In December 2018 when three national nonprofit groups, the LaundryCares Foundation, the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative, and Libraries Without Borders launched a new Laundry Literacy Coalition. There’s a solid reason for this. Going where people gather, where they spend a significant amount of time, has benefits. When Gralnick, a father of three children, attended a back to school night in the Miller Creek School District, he was struck by statistics on reading.
Clinton center shows staying power; giving, grants $24.2M in ’18, down from ’17 but still ongoing, November 14, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Despite taking flak from then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation is still raising tens of millions of dollars, money that helps support the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, as well as charitable efforts around the globe… In a written statement, Clinton Foundation Executive Director Stephanie S. Streett highlighted the center's contributions to the state and its drawing power as a cultural and educational institution. "The Clinton Center continues to serve as a cornerstone of the community that offers a variety of special events, exhibitions, educational programs, and lectures throughout the year," she said. "Since opening in 2004, we have had more than 4.8 million visitors from across the globe, including 399,000 students and educators who have toured the Clinton Center at no cost.
Champions for Children: Talk, Read and Sing to school readiness, November 12, 2019; 83 Degrees
Unborn babies, as well as the tiniest of tots, can learn from hearing you talk. Even if they don't understand everything they're hearing, words matter. The same is true for reading aloud and singing (offkey is fine). All three are crucial for brain development. That's what prompted Champions for Children to launch a Talk Read Sing Tampa Bay initiative to spread the word that adults can mold young minds with the simplest of actions. “Talk Read Sing is so common sense, yet so effective,” says Community Initiatives Associate Jenna Pullara. “It’s free to engage with our children in this way, and it builds bonds of attachment at the same time.”
Before Thanksgiving, Vending Industry Commits to “Better for You” Choices, November 6, 2019; Western Free Press
That’s why the $26 billion convenience services industry has made a voluntary commitment to advancing public health. The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), with the support of two highly respected public health organizations—the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation—is working to increase the percentage of healthier options to 33 percent of all offerings. This increase, representing a 40 percent jump from current levels, will go into effect over the next three years. In that time, “better for you” offerings will become exponentially more accessible to all Americans.
Early Childhood Alliance Onondaga: A Master Class in Cross-Sector Coalition Building, November 6, 2019; Early Learning Nation
“We pitched our county executive with a $1.5 million increase to the 2020 budget to fund initiatives like the Talking is Teaching campaign, the Help Me Grow initiative (physician outreach and data collection) and three new pilots to address quality childcare and pay. The crux of the matter with early learning is the chronic under-investment in children zero to five. It’s going to cost some dollars to provide all children with a high-quality start in life.” The latest data for 2018-2019 shows 22% of students in Syracuse and 40 percent in Onondaga County reading on grade level—a great improvement.
Scars remain from 1919's Elaine Massacre, crowd at Little Rock ceremony told, November 6, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail begins on the sidewalk in front of the Old State House Convention Center on Markham Street and will eventually extend to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, Drale said. Each honoree's name is commemorated with a 12-inch bronze marker on the trail and a biography on the trail's website, arkansascivilrightsheritage.org. The trail was created by the Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity in 2011 to acknowledge the sacrifices and achievements of those who fought for racial and ethnic justice in Arkansas. Last year, it was named a part of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.
Markers Honor 12 Men Falsely Convicted Of Murder In 1919 Racial Uprising, November 6, 2019; KUAR
The trail markers were unveiled outside of UA Little Rock’s Downtown Center Tuesday. The markers will be placed along the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail between the Old Statehouse Convention Center and the Clinton Presidential Center. Family members of the Elaine 12 showed strong emotions while seeing the markers for the first time. The mayor encouraged people to learn from the experience of 1919 so they can avoid past mistakes. He said Arkansans can also commit to equity in education, healthcare and economic opportunities. He believes equity will bring the state together.
The Next Hot Tech Career? Farming., November 4, 2019; Thrive Global
The increasing popularity of plant-based products such as Beyond Meat and the skyrocketing demand for organic, natural and local produce has people asking what’s in their food. The next step is to connect the dots with how it’s grown. Education of this sort needs to start at a young age, with school community garden projects and field trips to farms. The Clinton Foundation’s Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture program provides a hands-on agricultural literacy that helps kids understand the food journey – from farm to table – and teaches them about healthy eating, sustainable farming practices and the fragility of our ecosystem.
TCI to lead Caribbean’s clean power push FortisTCI, Gov’t and Clinton Foundation ink trilateral agreement, November 4, 2019; Turks and Caicos Weekly News
"The global community is looking to the greater Caribbean region to be first responders and champions for the fight against climate change,” she said. "Replicable, scalable projects have the potential to show the world that renewable energy is affordable, economically sound, and environmentally sustainable. "To make those projects possible, everyone needs to come to the table - the public, private, and non-profit sector.” The Clinton Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Institute work together with governments and utilities to help foster the development and integration of renewable energy by enabling financing opportunities and providing project support.
NGOs to aid in rebuilding and repairing of Dorian impacted homes, November 4, 2019; EyeWitness News
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis will meet with representatives of the Clinton Foundation to discuss recovery and reconstruction efforts on Grand Bahama and Abaco. The Clinton Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by former United States President Bill Clinton. Minnis made the announcement as he commended and thanked several NGOs for their aid and assistance to The Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian… “Also, in regard to international NGO support, I will be meeting with representatives of the Clinton Foundation to discuss how the foundation can assist in the recovery and reconstruction on Grand Bahama and Abaco.”
Island Green Launches First Community Composting Program on St. John, November 2, 2019; Virgin Islands Consortium
The aim of the USVI Zero Waste Composting Pilot Program is to keep a vital resource – vegetative debris – from filling the territory’s already overflowing landfills while cutting the island’s carbon footprint. A powerful Vermeer BCXL1800 Brush Chipper has been purchased with shipping and delivery compliments of Crowley Logistics, Boyson Inc., and local trucker Michael Marsh. Funded through a grant from Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands and private donations, Island Green’s composting program will create two part-time jobs while providing valuable compost and mulch to the community and educational opportunities for students, the release said. The program is in the process of being designated as a Clinton Global Initiative Call to Action.
Turks and Caicos takes first steps towards clean energy, November 1, 2019; SmartCitiesWorld
The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FortisTCI, the island’s utility provider, and the Clinton Foundation to begin implementing initiatives outlined in the country’s Resilient National Energy Transition Strategy (R-NETS). The R-NETS strategy developed by the government, FortisTCI and the Rocky Mountain Institute, provides a roadmap for the country’s energy future for the next 22 years (2019–2040) and reduces the island’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.
FG To Upgrade 7 Cancer Treatment Centres, October 31, 2019; Nigerian Tribune
“More than half of patients do not receive the treatment they need because they cannot afford it.” To tackle these challenges, the Federal Ministry of Health, in 2017, partnered the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Inc. and private sector players such as Worldwide Healthcare and EMGE Resources, Limited to enable patients’ access quality chemotherapy medicines at affordable prices. The minister said the public-private partnership has also facilitated the placement of solar direct drive refrigerators by EMGE Resources Limited at pharmacies in seven hospitals to maintain preservation and efficacy of these medicines.
Turks and Caicos launches Clinton Foundation-backed energy strategy, October 31, 2019; PV-Tech
A draft version of the Resilient National Energy Transition Strategy published by the Rocky Mountain Institute in March 2019 outlines aims to pilot energy storage projects and install up to 7MW total of distributed PV across the TCI’s three main electricity systems in the next four years. Clinton Climate Initiative senior project manager Alexis Tubb said in a release that “the global community is looking to the greater Caribbean region to be first responders and champions for the fight against climate change. Replicable, scalable projects have the potential to show the world that renewable energy is affordable, economically sound, and environmentally sustainable. To make those projects possible, everyone needs to come to the table – the public, private, and non-profit sector.”
FG inaugurates chemotherapy programme, to cut cancer treatment by 50 %, October 29, 2019; The Punch
The CAP would enable cancer patients in Nigeria to access lower-priced, high-quality treatment at hospitals and pharmacies and reduce the burden of out-of-pocket payments. The minister said that CAP was a public-private partnership between the federal ministry of health, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the American Cancer Society (ACS), Pfizer, World Wide Health Care and EMGE resources. He said that the medications available under the programme were of the same quality as those that would be received by patients in the united states, Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia.
Vending machines across the US will soon offer healthier snacks to consumers, October 29, 2019; Optimist Daily
With the support from the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation – two nonprofits that work to alleviate obesity in young Americans – NAMA’s 1,000 member companies have agreed to ensure that one-third of all of the snacks in the vending machines will meet at least two recognized public health standards. The commitment will be implemented over the next three years and is the latest and most comprehensive effort by the industry directed at public health.
“Talk, Read, Sing”: National child literacy campaign has support in Bethlehem, October 27, 2019; The Brown and White
“Too Small to Fail,” an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, began the campaign nationally in 2013. Localized in June 2019 by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” has outreach efforts in central Allentown, South Side Bethlehem and the West Ward of Easton. “The purpose of it is to be a really positive, fun campaign,” Vivekananthan said. “We’re encouraging parents, caregivers, families and all to really recognize that they are their children’s first teacher right off the bat, beginning as soon as the child is born.” By connecting families to the message of talking, reading and singing to their babies, the campaign aims to expose children to as many words as possible beginning at birth. In doing so, the plan is to ensure that children are not lagging behind their peers in critical language and reading skills in school.
The Clintons surprise visit to a literacy program at po-boy shop, laundry about to go big, October 26, 2019; New Orleans Advocate
The visit to the Family Read & Play Space at Wash World was part of a much larger project from Too Small to Fail, the early learning initiative from the Clinton Foundation. The initiative helps turn otherwise utilitarian spaces like laundries, groceries and clinics into places where parents and caregivers can read, talk and play with children, encouraging early brain and language development. That means creating inviting spaces for this to happen. “We want to go to where the parents are and are with their children every day,” said Jane Park, director of Too Small to Fail. “These seemingly small interactions can have a big impact for a child’s development.” Too Small to Fail has been working with Wash World to create a model for future expansion. The foundation’s goal is to develop 600 such Family Read & Play Spaces at laundries in 2020, working with the industry group LaundryCares Foundation and other partners across the country.
5 Million American Vending Machines Will Soon Offer More Healthy Snacks to Help Curb Obesity, October 26, 2019; Good News Network
One-third of all snacks in the vending machines will meet at least two recognized public health standards, under the commitment, to be implemented over the next three years. NAMA—which represents nearly 1,000 member companies, including many of the world’s most recognized brands—is launching the initiative in collaboration with Partnership for a Healthier America and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation—two nonprofits dedicated to curbing obesity rates in the US. “There are nearly four million vending machines serving snacks and beverages every day, 24/7, across this country,” said NAMA CEO Carla Balakgie. “Vending is everywhere consumers work, play, and live and NAMA regards this initiative as a bold, ambitious, and meaningful step to meet the growing consumer demand for healthier choices.”
Headlines Spin Ukrainian Donations to Clinton Charity, October 25, 2019; FactCheck
The Clinton Foundation publicly reports, and its foundation spokesman confirmed, that other foreign entities have given more than the Pinchuk Foundation (which is listed as having given between $10 million and $25 million). Among organizations listed as giving “greater than $25 million” are Nationale Postcode Loterij (based in the Netherlands), the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (based in London), and Unitaid (headquartered in Switzerland). Frank Giustra of the Radcliffe Foundation in Canada (now called the Giustra Foundation) is also listed in that tier. While the Clinton Foundation said the Ukrainian government has not donated, there have been grants from other governments — including Norway, Australia and Saudi Arabia, according to the foundation’s donor list. All gave at least $10 million. But the erroneous headlines circulating on social media wrongly tell users that Ukraine gave the “most cash of any country,” misleading those who don’t click to read the full story. Even then the facts aren’t immediately presented in the stories.
The Decade of Vaccines and the Measles Outbreak in the DRC, October 25, 2019; Borgen Magazine
African healthcare workers are getting new training sessions. The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is leading the charge. Healthcare workers are tested for effective immunization and vaccine management. The improvements come after healthcare workers score a competency level of 65 percent when tested on effective immunization and vaccine management. In other words, health care workers handle 35 percent of immunization and vaccine practices inaccurately. This is a red flag because it dictates the level of vaccine accessibility in the region. If people mismanage immunizations and vaccines, the results are smaller levels of vaccinations as well as inaccurate immunizations. Text-heavy, impersonal lectures were part of the problem. In collaboration with government officials, CHAI is approaching the situation with onsite training and mentorship through peer-led learning programs. The interpersonal and interactive approach reinforces classroom training and increases frequency for practical learning opportunities among workers.
Hold on to your honey buns: American vending machines are getting healthier, October 24, 2019; Washington Post
Starting Jan. 1, a third of their offerings will be “better for you.” National Automatic Merchandising Association, the trade group representing the $25 billion vending machine industry, announced Wednesday it has committed to substantially increasing the amount of healthy offerings in the nation’s vending machines. With the support of the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, two nonprofits that work to alleviate obesity in young Americans, NAMA’s 1,000 members have agreed to raise the share of healthy options from 24 percent to 33 percent. “This is a very big deal for them,” says Nancy E. Roman, chief executive of the Partnership for a Healthier America. “Vending is the nut that hasn’t been cracked, but when you work with a sector-wide group you can move quickly.”
Students consider their carbon footprint during Campus Sustainability Month, October 24, 2019; The State Press
The Clinton Global Initiative University created an application with Entrepreneurship + Innovation for ASU students in the beginning of November. Students are "challenged to make new, specific and measurable initiatives that address pressing world challenges," according to the Campus Sustainability Month webpage. "ASU Campus Sustainability Month is not only focused on raising awareness for sustainability, but also encourages personal action," said Lauren Dunning, senior program manager of Entrepreneurship + Innovation, in an email. "In this way, CGI U and ASU Campus Sustainability Month are directly aligned in encourage individual and community action."
Convenience Services Industry Announces Public Health Commitment: Leading Public Health Groups Endorse Initiative, October 23, 2019; Vending Market Watch
NAMA, with the support of the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, announced today that it has adopted a public health commitment to substantially increase the percentage of ‘better for you’ offerings to 33% in the nation's vending machines. The commitment, implemented over the next three years, represents a nearly 40% increase over current levels of ‘better for you’ offerings – those that meet at least two recognized public health standards… “The Alliance for a Healthier Generation recognizes NAMA for developing this industry-wide commitment to incorporate more ‘better for you’ snacks and beverages in their machines. This is an important step in the right direction – for everyone,” said Julia Herzog, VP Business Sector Strategies, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Clintons plan LR dialogue on policy, October 23, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Clinton Foundation will host a domestic policy conference next month in Little Rock. Titled "Economic Inclusion and Growth: The Way Forward," the Nov. 20 event will feature former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, plus government, business and nonprofit leaders. The program will "emphasize the need for a collective effort to drive action and help financial growth partners scale impact, [and] address the income gap and racial wealth disparities," the foundation said in a news release. The event will also highlight ways to "better support underserved communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs."
Economics, women subject of major November conferences at Clinton Center, October 22, 2019; Arkansas Times
Big doings are scheduled at the Clinton Presidential Center in November. Nov. 20, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will host a policy conference on economic inclusion and growth. Government, nonprofit, philanthropic and private sectors will talk about ways to encourage economic growth in underserved communities. A release said the conference is being held on the 25th anniversary of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, created during the Clinton administration. Nov. 22-23, the center will be the site of the World Woman Foundation’s 3rd World Woman Summit on the theme of “redefining rules” for ending hunger, global diplomacy, health equity, agriculture, entrepreneurship, emerging technologies, and leadership.
How America’s Healthiest Schools List is Saving Kids, October 21, 2019; Parentology
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation), an organization dedicated to helping children form healthy habits that will stay with them throughout their lifetime, is making a concerted effort to ensure you’re both aware of the list and that your child’s school makes it among the award winners. Healthier Generation has been working with schools and youth organizations for over 10 years to help achieve this goal. In an effort to involve schools, since they interact with 95% of the youth in the country, Healthier Generation began a Healthy Schools Program. “The program empowers school and district leaders to create and sustain healthy schools where students – especially those in greatest need – can thrive,” Megan Waleck, Healthy Alliance Marketing and Communications Manager, tells Parentology.
Miraflores: promoting a community development model, October 18, 2019; El Nuevo Dia
Proyecto Matria is one of 23 organizations funded by the Hispanic Federation as part of an effort to promote post-María community development based on reconstruction, advocacy, and legal services. That effort is, in turn, a "commitment" by the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. The Network regularly takes on specific, measurable projects that address critical issues. Experts from the Network help identify the areas that require the greatest impact, and the Network coordinates efforts to avoid duplication of work, it connects different sectors, shares lessons learned and works with local leaders to develop more resilient approaches and practices.
Purpose At Work: How IBM Partners With Developers To Scale Impact, October 17, 2019; Forbes
The important insight here is that it’s important to build mutually beneficial partnerships focused on a common goal. By welcoming partners to join you, you can achieve more than you would on your own. This collaborative model also means that you don’t necessarily have to start your own initiative. You can partner with another organization to scale your combined impact and showcase your value. A great example of this sort of purposeful collaboration is the partnership between IBM and the Clinton Global Initiative University.
Moving on up: More than relocation as a path out of child poverty, October 17, 2019; Brookings Institution
Another alternative is to think big and creatively about how to reach parents and support their good intentions. With no single streamlined pipeline or platform to reach families of very young children, this means bridging across places, technologies, and services, such as pediatric offices, early care and education providers, playgrounds and super markets, and connecting through tools like smart phones and social media. Can social service offices like the Women, Infant, and Children feeding program be reconfigured more generally as early education, care, and parent support one-stop shops in the ways that employment programs have evolved? Can the default design of supermarkets and playgrounds seamlessly bake in parenting tips about childhood development like it is being tested by Too Small to Fail, Vroom, and Playground Learning Landscapes?
SPECIAL EVENT: Central Arkansas Pride puts on parade, rolls into Little Rock Riverfront Park for festival, October 17, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
There was a parade — "probably 700 people showed up to it" — and a festival on the Clinton Presidential Center grounds. It started small, but the seed was planted and Central Arkansas' Pride now rivals those of larger cities in the South. This iteration of the celebration began on the lawn of the Clinton Presidential Center, but outgrew it and moved to Riverfront Park in 2017. The site includes First Security Amphitheater and plenty of room for vendors and food and beverage booths. In a good sign for the festival, vendor spots sold out this year. The parade has blossomed into a colorful collection of cars, floats and marchers that stretches way down President Clinton Avenue. At last count, there were 40 entrants signed up for the parade. Baker set a goal of 60, and "I think we're well on our way," he said earlier this month.
Q&A: What South Africa has learned tackling TB, October 16, 2019; Devex
For some, we work with our local producers and suppliers, and for others, we work with agencies globally — World Trade Organization, WHO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and UNITAID — to get them to look at global volumes…. It’s a blessing in disguise because on the one hand we've got a huge burden, but on the other hand, we're able to use the huge burden to bring down global prices that benefit the whole world.
In Tanzania, ownership of the forest offers new prospects for old loggers, October 15, 2019; Climate Home News
Two projects in the area have been set up in the region under the UN’s Redd+ scheme, which allows communities to sell carbon credits in return for halting deforestation. In partnership with the Tanzanian government, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) chose Angai as the pilot site for its five-year Redd+ program in 2008, which was supported by funds from the Norwegian government. Tanzania was chosen because it featured highly on international agendas on Redd+ due to its large forest estates (48.1 million ha) and high estimated deforestation rates (1.1% of forest size per year).
Funding at the Edge, October 15, 2019; Pro Bono Australia
Convening is part of the funders lexicon in many other countries and is especially well established in the United States and in the United Kingdom, with anchor events like the Skoll World Forum, Global Philanthropy Forum, Clinton Global Initiative and Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) on the calendar.These gatherings, strongly supported by foundations and philanthropists, bring together cross-sector changemakers to support sharing best practice, creating networks and connecting the work of not-for-profit leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and those financing social good (grant makers and impact investors).
Nonprofits Targeting Wealth of Boomers, October 14, 2019; Arkansas Business Journal
Lance King, chief development officer for the Clinton Foundation, said planned giving is important because of its long-term impact. “When you look at our long-term financial sustainability, much of that plan is through our endowment, which we work to continue to grow,” he said. “What we know nationally and historically about planned gifts, particularly bequests, is that 80% of bequests are earmarked for endowment at most organizations. So bequests in particular really help organizations to grow their endowment, which ultimately leads to longer-term fiscal sustainability and some predictability for the long term.”
Campus Safety and the Opioid Epidemic, October 14, 2019; Campus Security & Life Safety
Many organizations around the country have recognized the necessity for Narcan availability on college campuses. To ensure that every university can obtain Narcan regardless of their financial situation, a plethora of initiatives to distribute it for free have popped up.The NASN (National Association of School Nurses), distributes a free Naloxone in schools' toolkit. AdaptPharma, the company behind Narcan, has also started a free distribution program for schools. Finally, the Clinton Foundation has its own program, where all Title-IV universities can receive four free Narcan kits.
Jamia Millia Islamia partners with UNICEF to raise awareness on child health issues, October 14, 2019; India Today
The AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) partnered with UNICEF, to conduct a day-long capacity building workshop to raise awareness on pneumonia, diarrhoea, anaemia, breastfeeding and nutrition… The workshop was attended by more than 40 RJs and programming heads from All India Radio, private FM stations and community radio stations from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Assam; academia from JMI, academia from the Department of Anthropology, Delhi University, and academia from IGNOU and IIMC; officials from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Women & Child Development; officials from UNICEF; and representatives of civil society organizations like Save the Children, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and YP Foundation.
Stories Are Powerful, October 14, 2019; Harvard Magazine
After a while, an audience member rose and introduced himself as Chris Thrasher, a senior director at the Clinton Foundation. “Stigma is something I think about on a daily basis as someone in recovery myself,” he said. The 12-step programs that for many years were the primary recommendation for patients looking to stop using drugs are themselves “based on stigma,” he added, because they don’t allow the use of participants’ full names. “Anonymous is stigmatizing,” Thrasher said. “For so long, when I was using drugs, they didn’t say ‘Chris T.’ in the paper; they said Chris Thrasher was arrested for this, or that, or the other thing.…I’m proud of the person that I am. But I am stigmatized.…And so, it’s a big deal for me to be able to stand up and say, ‘I’m not anonymous anymore.’”
Nigerian Man Invents a Smokeless Stove that Can also Charge Phones, October 10, 2019; The African Exponent
Such innovations are increasingly becoming important and vital for the changing world we are currently in where we are faced with the threat of global warming. Creating a smokeless stove goes a long way in creating the chance for people to care about the planet. Max Chinnah possesses a degree in Computer Science, but what greatly inspired him to invent the smokeless stove was his life-changing experience at the Clinton Global Initiative conference held in Miami, USA. The entrepreneurial drive within him was wildly stimulated and he developed a huge commitment to change people's lives.
Two African business partners in the US invent smokeless cookstove which also charges phones, October 10, 2019; Face 2 Face Africa
26-year-old Nigerian, Max Chinnah, birthed the idea for the ‘Genesys’ stove from the Iowa college in the U.S. aided by his Ghanaian partner, Godwin Attigah. The computer science degree holder assumed he had more time to impact the world but a trip to a Clinton Global Initiative conference in Miami changed his thinking. He says: “The thing that really energized me was I found people as young as me, even younger, pursuing ambitious goals and big dreams. That helped me snap things in focus and change the course of my life, I think, for the better.”
Laundromat Libraries Aim To Boost Literacy In Milwaukee, October 10, 2019; WUWM
Wright cites research that shows children from low-income backgrounds enter school knowing fewer words than their more affluent peers. (Though there is disagreement about exactly how large that disparity is.) That leaves children less prepared to read, contributing to achievement gaps. Wright says the laundromat initiative is focused on Milwaukee's most economically depressed ZIP codes, trying to reach the children who will benefit the most from more reading opportunities. The Early Childhood Office partnered with the Clinton Foundation's "Too Small to Fail" initiative and the LaundryCares Foundation. The two organizations have done this work in other cities, including Chicago and New York.
Operations start for Paradise Park solar farm, October 10, 2019; Jamaica Observer
“The start of operations of the Paradise Park solar farm is an important achievement for Neoen and combines significant economic impact by producing the cheapest electricity on the island, with a strong social impact through the creation of more than 300 direct jobs during the construction period and the training of students of surrounding communities in partnership with the Clinton Foundation,” stated Xavier Barbaro, CEO of Neoen via a news release.
Celebrate! Maya Project names award recipients for 2019, October 10, 2019; Magnolia Reporter
The Celebrate! Maya Project, an Arkansas-based nonprofit honoring Maya Angelou, has announced that Garbo Hearne and the late Beulah Flowers are the recipients of the organization’s 2019 Spirit of Maya Award. The award will be presented at the nonprofit’s 5th Anniversary Celebration, which takes place Friday at the Clinton Presidential Center in downtown Little Rock. Angelou referred to Flowers as Bertha Flowers in “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Flowers was a teacher and community activist in Stamps, Arkansas. She supported the young Angelou’s love of books and poetry and, through literature, helped Angelou regain her speech after she was mute.
Justice Department labels Devin Nunes’ claim on Russia a conspiracy theory, October 9, 2019; Miami Herald
A subsequent proposed item of jury instruction noted, “This case also has nothing at all to do with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, or the approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (or “CFIUS”) of the Russian government’s acquisition of a company called Uranium One and certain uranium rights in the United States. I repeat: those issues have nothing at all to do with this case.”
Dominica starts well testing for 7-MW geothermal project, October 9, 2019; Renewables Now
The Caribbean island nation of Dominica is on its way to build a 7-MW geothermal plant, starting on Tuesday with well testing at the site. The geothermal project is co-sponsored by the country's Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme, through which the government was able to provide funds. Other project financiers are the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Caribbean Development Bank, the World Bank and the UK government.
Off-Premises Sales Up 68 Percent at Orange Leaf, October 9, 2019; QSR Magazine
The partnership with Alliance for a Healthier Generation for Smart Snacks took off early last year in response to Franchisee requests for more opportunities to be in schools. Smarts Snacks are a national nutrition standard for foods and beverages sold outside of the school lunch program. Orange Leaf now offers over 17 Smart Snack approved froyo flavors as well as 8 approved smoothies. These products are now listed on the Healthier Generation online tool, Smart Food Planner.
Max Chinnah: Meet Nigerian inventor who invented smokeless stove, October 9, 2019; Legit – Nigeria
It should be noted also that the company is working on an arrangement to distribute 1,000 stoves to rural Kenyan farmers. Though Chinnah got his degree in computer science, it was the experience he had at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Miami that impacted on his career as an inventor. He said his strong urge to be an entrepreneur was directed to another path where he could actually do something to impact positively on people’s lives.
Justice Department labels Devin Nunes’ claim on Russia a conspiracy theory, October 8, 2019; Sacramento Bee
Nunes, Meadows, President Donald Trump and other conservative voices had alleged, without evidence, that the deal benefited Hillary Clinton and her family run Clinton Foundation. Clinton looked the other way and did not oppose the deal, they alleged, because of contributions made to the foundation. The deal was subjected to national-security review and was unopposed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. That multi-agency panel typically provides an annual report that gives the number of deals it has reviewed but provides few details.
Well Testing on New CBI-funded Geothermal Plant in Dominica Officially Starts, October 8, 2019; Yahoo Finance
Funding for the development of the geothermal industry in Dominica came from various sources like the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Caribbean Development Bank, the World Bank, the British government, and Dominica's own Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme. The latter enables highly vetted foreign investors to obtain Dominica's citizenship in exchange for a US$100,000 minimum contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) or an investment of at least US$200,000 in pre-approved luxury real estate that also props Dominica's blossoming ecotourism.
SPECIAL EVENT: Cheese Dip Championship in Little Rock chips in to benefit health clinic, October 3, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center will take on an avalanche of chips and a flood of melted cheese as it hosts the ninth annual World Cheese Dip Championships on Saturday. "It is a food festival with an Arkansas twist," explains event chairwoman Anna Morshedi. "Since cheese dip originated in Arkansas, it's appropriate that we [host] this festival." For this year's festival, 30 amateur and professional teams will gather, dishing up samples of their best cheesy concoctions as they compete for various awards, including the ultimate title of World Cheese Dip Champion.
Why ideas matter, October 3, 2019; The Nation Nigeria
In essence, what this translates to is that ideas, like the air we breathe, are omnipresent. They are to the mind what light is to the eyes. Everywhere you go and every act you do provides opportunities for useful ideas. It was the omnipresence of idea that propelled Mira Mehta to establish Tomato Jos, an agricultural production company that believes in the power of farming and processing local food products for local consumption. Mehta, a Finnish/Indian and American citizen, who relocated to Nigeria in 2014, is a Harvard Business School graduate and a former Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) solving HIV-related operational and supply chain problems in Nigeria. And what brought about this idea?
Premier joins regional leaders in New York for post-disaster recovery talks, September 30, 2019; Turks and Caicos Weekly News
The Clinton Foundation Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to focus efforts on putting people first on Tuesday (September 24). Discussions at the Clinton Foundation offices included prioritising a resilient future by helping communities to plan and prepare for future storms and the mounting effects of climate change. The convening of the network followed last June’s meeting in the US Virgin Islands and called on members of government, private sector and non-profits to continue work started in 2018 in response to hurricanes Maria and Irma. During the event members discussed progress made on their first initiatives and with the recent relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian’s impact on the Bahamas.
Prime Minister meets with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, September 25, 2019; Curaçao Chronicle
“Thanks to President Clinton for hosting Caribbean heads of state for a private roundtable conversation along with global business and philanthropic leaders to discuss how together we can scale resilience in the Caribbean in the face of devastating climate change effects and other economic shocks that exacerbate our inherent vulnerabilities,” said the Prime Minister on his social media. According to the Prime Minister, the priorities which were discussed - resilience, disaster recovery, economic diversification and the renewable energy transition - are more crucial than ever for the communities and they are grateful for the leadership shown by the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network.
Celebrate! Maya Project sets 5th anniversary events in Little Rock and Stamps, September 23, 2019; Magnolia Reporter
The Celebrate! Maya Project, an Arkansas-based nonprofit providing educational programming rooted in the spirit of Maya Angelou, will celebrate its fifth year with a 5th Anniversary Celebration from 6-9 p.m. Friday, October 18 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis on April 4, 1928, the second child of Bailey Johnson and Vivian (Baxter) Johnson. Her older brother, Bailey Jr., gave her the nickname of “Maya.”
This Recovery Month, Cause For Hope, September 20, 2019; Thrive Global
While this is the first drop after decades of increases, the death toll is still incredibly high – an estimated 68,000 deaths in 2018 were due to overdose, nearly 70 percent involved opioids, and over 45 percent involved synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. As the Senior Director of Substance Use Disorders and Recovery at the Clinton Foundation, I have seen the challenges and the progress firsthand. We’ve brought together faith leaders from across traditions in communities across the country to help reduce stigma and build support networks. We’ve worked to get people trained to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone and to have it readily available where people need it most.
Clinton Foundation releases new PSAs to educate on opioid epidemic and support, September 20, 2019; THV 11
The Clinton Foundation released new video PSAs by President Clinton as part of the Foundation’s “Create a Community of Hope” campaign for National Recovery Month. President Clinton has been committed to fighting substance use disorders, with several people close to him having lost loved ones to addiction and overdose. The campaign shares new video, blog, and social media content throughout the month to educate the community about the opioid epidemic, support people in recovery and share ways to act. The Clinton Foundation’s Opioid Response Network has been responding to the opioid crisis since 2012 by working with partners to expand access to life-saving naloxone, engage influential faith leaders in hard-hit communities to reduce stigma, and translate research into practice with institutions such as the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.
Latin American league honors scholars, September 19, 2019; Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Andre Guerrero, president of Council 750, told guests it was a night to "celebrate the success of our college-bound students reaching this milestone event." Before the presentation of scholarship and student awards, several special awards were presented to members of the community. The president's award was given to the Clinton Foundation and La Esperanza Award was given to Robert Tellez. Arkansas United received the Heroes de la Comunidad Award, El Sueno Americano Award was given to Rocio Richard and Arkansas Tech University received the University Service Award.
Inside HP’s Investment and Commitment to Reducing Ocean-Bound Plastic in Haiti, September 19, 2019; Adweek
“We decided to focus on plastic because there was so much of it,” said Kelsey Halling, director of partnerships at First Mile. “Generally, [plastic] is more valuable than paper or cardboard, and we discovered we could turn plastic PET bottles into fabric and yarn.” After joining the Clinton Global Initiative, First Mile connected with Timberland, their first commercial apparel partner. Upon hearing more about HP’s commitment to using recycled materials, and their intention to increase that part of the supply chain, Rosenberger saw where the organization could contribute.
Clinton Center Welcomes 'José Sacal: A Universal Mexican' Exhibit, September 17, 2019; Little Rock Soiree
In honor of the 209th anniversary of the independence of Mexico and National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Clinton Presidential Center is welcoming a new exhibit. "José Sacal: A Universal Mexican" will feature 21 works of the contemporary sculpture artist. Sacal’s work has been showcased in more than 40 individual exhibitions and dozens of collaborations in Mexico and around the world.
IBM Names 5 Finalists in 2019 Call for Code Challenge, September 17, 2019; Robotics Business Review
The global winner will be chosen by some of the most eminent global leaders in human rights, disaster response, business, and technology, including former President Bill Clinton. The winning solution will be further developed and deployed via IBM Code and Response, an initiative in collaboration with of some of the world’s leading disaster, technology, and human rights organizations including: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative University, The Linux Foundation, AT&T, FirstNet Authority, Consumer Technology Association Foundation, and Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.
Do Your Kids Attend One of the Healthiest Schools in America? New Report Reveals the Nation's Top 355 Schools, September 16, 2019; Parade
This year, 355 schools from 23 states made the list. All of the schools share certain characteristics: they meet or exceed federal nutrition standards for school meals and snacks, they offer breakfast daily, they incorporate physical activity before, during or after the school day. The schools on the list have also implemented district wellness policies and involved parents and community members in decision making, according to Healthier Generation. Also, 77 percent of the school are Title I schools, meaning they serve high-need student populations. “We are thrilled to see another strong showing of dedicated schools that are taking steps to create healthier school environments that support children’s physical, social, and emotional health,” said Kathy Higgins, the CEO of Healthier Generation.
Talk covers GOP strategy in South, September 16, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields, the speakers, say in their book -- The Long Southern Strategy: How Chasing White Voters in the South Changed American Politics -- that, to attract Democratic white Southern voters, the GOP dropped support for Civil Rights; removed the Equal Rights Amendment from its platform; promoted old, traditional gender roles; and aligned itself with the conservative, religious political movement. Their lecture, presented by the Clinton Foundation and University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, will be held at Sturgis Hall, which is on the Clinton Presidential Center grounds, 1200 President Clinton Ave., in Little Rock, from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free and open to the public.
Black Tech Founder Details Journey from Extreme Poverty to Closing $1.6 Million Funding for App, September 16, 2019; Atlanta Black Star
The two had met at the Clinton Global Initiative, which convenes leaders from across sectors to solve global problems. They initially planned to partner in another business but changed their aim. “We thought the issue was people needed to save more,” Wemimo said. But after talking to consumers, they learned the real issue was actually accessing credit.
Ahmad Ashkar’s ambitious plan to change the world, September 14, 2019; Gulf Business
Since 2012, Clinton has become a key part of the Hult Prize, choosing the theme each year, and announcing it at a United Nations event, which has helped garner public attention for the event. “What the Clinton Global Initiative does is that it gives us a network, and you can’t have an impact without a great network, and all of our 100,000 and more participants from 150 countries get to be a part of this network,” Ashkar says.
Three Ways to Cultivate Talents like David Yenicelik, September 10, 2019; ETH Zurich
Mentorship is not limited to professors. Staff members like Romana Mayer, who manages projects for ETH Zurich’s international office involved Yenicelik with the Clinton Global Initiative for Universities (CGIU). The non-profit organization motivates and mentors social entrepreneurship that makes a positive impact on the world. Yenicelik partnered with Michael Yared, a fellow computer science student from Lebanon. Together, they competed among seven students for funding to travel to CGIU’s Annual meeting in Boston where they conceptualized “Project Spark.” Project Spark was a venture that envisioned a new education system that takes advantage of technology and modern research to enable some of the poorest countries in the world to teach more students, more effectively, and at a minimal cost.
Our visitor to Arkansas this week, September 6, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The arena was packed, and it was immediately clear why the Kumpuris Lecture series had to be moved here. The stadium filled with cheers when three huge blue letters flashed on the screen RBG. A video of the justice being sworn in played on the jumbotron above. It feels like 1993 was so long ago. Bill Clinton was in town Tuesday, and began the event. He recalled interviewing RBG for the open SCOTUS seat in the early 1990s. The former president noted her sense of humor, rigorous judicial record and a sense of toughness. The interview, he said, took place back in a time when "we thought of people as people." Before our current period of hyper-partisan division. One could long for such days.
Former US President Bill Clinton to visit Edinburgh with daughter Chelsea, September 4, 2019; Edinburgh Live
Former US President Bill Clinton will visit Edinburgh with his daughter Chelsea in April next year. The Clintons will be in the Scottish capital for a meeting of their student leadership programme at Edinburgh University. The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) programme will have its first meeting outside the United States, with some of the world's top academics and influencers speaking at the event. It will be hosted at the university, and students will discuss how to solve social and environmental issues affecting the world.
Bill Clinton to visit Edinburgh for student gathering, September 4, 2019; STV News
Mr Clinton said: "For 12 years, students from across the world have been working to change their communities and change the world through CGI U. "CGI U is a platform for these up-and-coming student leaders to connect with experts, explore funding and resources for their projects; and inspire their peers. We are thrilled to join with the University of Edinburgh next year as we host our first-ever international CGI U meeting." Chelsea Clinton said she is looking forward to travelling to the Scottish capital next year. She said: "I am always inspired by the students who come to CGI U with their commitment to making our world a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable place. I'm excited for our 2020 meeting in Edinburgh and our new expanded year-round programming to support CGI U students past, present and future."
Ginsburg: Work on court ‘saved me’ during cancer treatment, September 4, 2019; Associated Press
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday night that her work on the bench saved her during her cancer treatments, as the judge was given a rock-star reception in the home state of the president who nominated her to the nation’s highest court. Ginsburg told a packed arena that she was “feeling very good tonight,” following the 86-year-old’s disclosure last month that she had completed three weeks of outpatient radiation therapy for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas and is now disease-free. It was the fourth time over the past two decades that Ginsburg, the leader of the court’s liberal wing, has been treated for cancer
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'My work is what saved me' during cancer treatment, September 4, 2019; USA Today
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about her recent bouts with cancer during a Tuesday speech in North Little Rock, Ark., telling an audience, "I think my work is what saved me" during her cancer treatments. "I think my work is what saved me because instead of dwelling on my physical discomforts if I have an opinion to write or a brief to read, I know I've just got to get it done so I have to get over it," the 86-year-old Supreme Court justice said to NPR reporter Nina Totenberg.
Ginsburg says O'Connor once shared advice on working while getting cancer treatment, September 4, 2019; The Hill
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday that former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor gave her advice on receiving cancer treatment while working. Ginsburg told the crowd at an event for the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock, Ark., that O'Connor was a useful resource because of her experience with breast cancer while on the bench. “Ruth, you schedule your chemotherapy on Friday,” Ginsburg said O'Connor told her. “You have Saturday and Sunday to get over it.”
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg holds court at Verizon Arena, September 4, 2019; Arkansas Times
The stadium concert venue for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture — a series from the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton School of Public Service — sold out mere minutes after the reservation link for lecture went live earlier this summer, quickly outgrowing its original location, the Jack Stephens Center at UA Little Rock. Following an adoring introduction by President Bill Clinton, who appointed Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in 1993, esteemed NPR journalist Nina Totenberg sat opposite Ginsburg posing questions, all carefully worded to produce the choicest of Ginsburg anecdotes. Between the two women: years of mutual admiration, a vase of flowers and a pair of coffee mugs emblazoned with bold capital letters so that together, they spelled out “DIS-SENT” — a nod to the justice’s famed penchant for impassioned disagreements with the court’s majority opinions.
We Know Her as RBG. A Colleague Reveals a New Nickname, September 4, 2019; Newser
Totenberg asked Ginsburg why she showed up at the event so soon after treatment, to which the 86-year-old replied, "I had promised the Clinton Library that I would be here." Ginsburg also reminisced on the almost three-year stretch when she was the only woman on the court after Justice Sandra Day O'Connor retired in 2006. "It was a lonely position," she said, per Politico, adding to a laughing crowd: "There was something wrong with the picture. The public would see these eight rather well-fed men coming on the bench, and then there was this rather small woman."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Bill Clinton share the stage at Arkansas talk, September 3, 2019; CNN
Twenty-six years after President Bill Clinton nominated Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court, the two shared the stage again Tuesday as the former President praised his appointee for her landmark opinions and "amazing" dissents, while also displaying a hint of envy for her late-in-life iconic status as the "Notorious RBG." "You could become resentful of such a person," Clinton joked, "but you're not." "All of us hope that she will stay on the court forever," he told a crowd in North Little Rock, Arkansas, at an event hosted by the Clinton Presidential Center.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bill Clinton recall 'very easy' first conversation, September 3, 2019; ABC News
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former President Bill Clinton, in a rare joint appearance on Tuesday, traded reminiscences of their first conversation together and Clinton's ultimate nomination of Ginsburg to the high court. "I was so engrossed with her story when we were sitting there that I suddenly felt that I was not interviewing someone for the Supreme Court at all," Clinton recalled, "I was just a guy talking to somebody I really liked and that I hoped would be part of our future."
RBG recalls ‘lonely’ days on bench, September 3, 2019; Politico
At an event Tuesday night hosted by the Clinton Foundation and Clinton School of Public Service, Ginsburg recalled sometimes feeling overlooked — from her time as a law faculty member to her time as the sole female justice. She would make a comment. No reaction. Then one of her male colleagues would say the same thing, Ginsburg said, and people would respond, “That’s a good idea. Let’s discuss it.” “You don't expect very much from women, so you kind of tune out when she speaks. But you listen when a man speaks,” she said. “Now that I have two sisters in law, it doesn't happen.”
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Verizon Arena, September 3, 2019; KATV
Thousands of Arkansans spent their afternoon Tuesday at Verizon Arena waiting for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg to take the stage. This is part of the Clinton Foundation Lecture Series, and when it was announced that Justice Ginsburg would be coming to Little Rock to speak. over 12,000 people RSVP'd in less than 24 hours. Most of those people landed on a waiting list. The foundation then decided to move the event to Verizon Arena instead of the Clinton Library.
Ginsburg lecture to include introduction from former President Bill Clinton, August 26, 2019; Arkansas Democrat Gazette
The Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series event on Sept. 3 will no longer just feature U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — President Bill Clinton will also speak, organizers announced Monday. He will deliver remarks and introduce the justice. Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by Clinton. Interest for the event has already been high, so much so it was moved to the 18,000-seat Verizon Arena to accommodate more attendees.
Create a Thriving Work Culture by Making Self-Care a Priority, August 26, 2019; Thrive Global
Since its inception in 2005, Healthier Generation has empowered kids to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health. Working with thousands of schools, youth-serving organizations, businesses and communities, their efforts have reached up to 28 million kids nationwide. No doubt you’ve seen the impact of their groundbreaking work.
With hurricane recovery still ongoing, Caribbean islands brace for more, August 20, 2019; Devex
Local leaders in Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, and the U.S. Virgin Islands approached the Clinton Foundation in 2017 after Hurricanes Maria and Irma — the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. “They asked, ‘Is there a way you can come and help us build back better?’” said Lisena DeSantis, CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative… “We do not know what is going to happen in the 2019 hurricane season. These islands could be hit again and we could have a very different conversation at our next meeting. There is such a hunger we see among our action network participants to connect across borders and to find a safe space to do so,” DeSantis said. To date, the Clinton Foundation has secured 86 post-disaster recovery commitments from foundations, governments and nonprofits that, when implemented, will result in 200,000 training opportunities,1,600 full-time jobs and 220 community facilities, among other work in the Caribbean. Many of the commitments are focused on resilience, but also go beyond the common buzzword, to center on economic development, capacity training, tourism, and clean economies, DeSantis noted.
World Humanitarian Day: Here are 13 real-life heroes you should know, August 19, 2019; USA Today
Too Small to Fail - For many parents, trips to the laundromat can be a challenge as children typically just have to wait until the laundry is done. But the Too Small to Fail initiative is working to brighten those children's days while also promoting literacy. The group brings books to laundromats and other unexpected places and hosts librarians who put on story time. The program hopes that by transforming what was once idle time into a chance to learn they can narrow the literacy gap between higher- and lower-income families.
FN Legends: Donna Karan Talks Exclusively With FN About Her New Shoes With Kenneth Cole, August 19, 2019; Footwear News
The collection, which features 10 styles made by Haitian craftsmen, was done through Urban Zen and Cole’s Gentle Souls label. “You know, I work with artisans all over the world, and I have a defined purpose in Haiti,” she said, noting that she first started got involved with designers from the island nation after traveling there with the Clinton Global Initiative in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. The collaboration was a natural fit, as Karan explained she is a big fan of Kenneth Cole shoes.
Katie Sgarro's AsylumConnect Helps LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Access Safe Services, August 14, 2019; Forbes
In 2017, Sgarro was named to the Clinton Global Initiative University Alumni Honor Roll through the Clinton Foundation. This year, she also became one of twenty activists selected as a Roddenberry Fellow, which includes a $50,000 prize as well as one year of support for AsylumConnect. Sgarro plans to keep adding resources until AsylumConnect provides easy access to services in all fifty states, Canada, and Mexico. She also hopes that soon, the organization will be able to help LGBTQ asylum seekers connect with one another and not only with the services they need. “LGBTQ asylum can often be an isolating and uncontrollable experience,” she says. “So we’re really trying to add that community aspect.”
Exclusive: Donna Karan & Kenneth Cole on Their Storied Careers and Shared Passion for Philanthropy, August 12, 2019; Footwear News
After an hour on set, Cole and Karan get serious when they discuss their deep commitment to improving the lives of people in Haiti, a country that is still reeling from a devastating earthquake in 2010. Since then, both fashion veterans have been rallying on the ground and behind the scenes to fund new construction projects, job creation and vocational education. “Kenneth and Donna both worked with President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in Haiti very early on to help support the recovery efforts. Their commitment has made a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of Haitians, and nearly a decade later, they’re still [dedicated] to the country’s recovery,” said Gregory Milne, chief impact and foreign policy officer of the Clinton Foundation.
Cooking up fun, August 4, 2019; Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Tiny chefs served French, Japanese and fair food July 26 at the Clinton Presidential Center ballroom. The young chefs participated in Culinary Camp Year 1, a weeklong summer camp where the kids learned kitchen techniques, discussed nutritional information, visited area farms and toured the kitchens of popular chefs. The center offers four sessions for culinary campers in third through eighth grades.
School-supply event planned, August 2, 2019; Arkansas Democrat Gazette
As many as 3,000 free backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed to schoolchildren and their families as part of the "Head of the Class Bash Back-to-School Festival" from 1 p.m. to 5 pm. Sunday… Computer-based financial literacy activities, haircuts, workshops on nutrition and story time and book giveaways are also planned for the back-to-school event that is being held for the first time this year at the Jack Stephens Center. The larger location and combined efforts of community partners will allow more students and families to access more resources and activities under one roof than ever before, planners headed by the Clinton President Center said.
SPECIAL EVENT: Head of the Class Bash moves to UALR arena, August 1, 2019; Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Since 2011, the Clinton Foundation has offered an afternoon full of free, school-related services and fun with its Head of the Class Bash. This year it's from 1-5 p.m. Sunday…The event is targeted to help lower-income families, but Moore says no one will be turned away and there are no requirements to participate: "What we've learned is, nobody's going to stand in line unless they actually have a need." The key, she says, is providing all these resources under one roof, making things not only less expensive, but easier for parents. "It makes me proud to be an Arkansan," she adds, "knowing that many organizations want to come together, individuals want to come together to help people in our community."
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Launches New Healthy Treats, July 28, 2019; Woodlands Online
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a proud partner of Alliance for a Healthier Generation with 17 flavors and a variety of smoothies that are Smart Snacks approved. It is proven that kids who have healthy eating patterns are more likely to perform better academically and in their after school activities. This makes Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt a great option for concession stands, festivals, school lunches, and more. On top of being a healthy option Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt can help clubs, organizations, schools, etc. fundraise while enjoying healthy treats!
Saint Mark, Clinton center join for Head of the Class, July 28, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Saint Mark Baptist Church and the Clinton Presidential Center believe all children should be at the head of the class….That's why the two organizations -- along with partnerships with many others including Arkansas Gift 529, Delta Dental, Saint Mark's Episcopal Church and the Derek Lewis Foundation -- are teaming up for the Aug. 4 Head of the Class Bash at the Jack Stephens Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Pursuing doctoral study in Switzerland, July 15, 2019; Times Higher Education
Extracurricular activities aim to foster a different kind of learning from that developed in classes, seminars and labs. That is why programmes such as the ETH week and the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) caught my attention. The ETH Week is a one-week programme that brings together bachelor’s, master’s and PhD students from different disciplines to foster independent thinking, instil responsible acting and improve problem-solving skills….The yearly CGI U meeting provides a platform to connect students from all over the world who have volunteered to take on real-world challenges in education, the environment, public health, poverty alleviation, climate change and peace and human rights.
The Clinton Global Initiative University Is Building a Global Community of Social Entrepreneurs, July 15, 2019; Cause Artist
Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities join to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. The meeting brings together more than a 1,000 students to discuss focus areas such as Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health….To date, more than $3 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers through the CGI U platform, including the University Network, Innovation Fund, Commitments Challenge, and Resolution Project….CGI U recently held its first-ever “Marketplace” event in New York City. Below are ten CGI U alums and social entrepreneurs who showcased the progress of their social impact projects and prototypes and how they are impacting lives.
Clinton Center exhibit looks at trash polluting oceans, July 15, 2019; Talk Business
A new exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock looks at the impact humans have on the oceans and marine life….More than 20 giant sea life sculptures made from trash collected from beaches make up “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea,” an exhibit that looks at the impact trash has on oceans and waterways….“The oceans that cover more than 70 percent of our planet belong to all of us,” said Ben Thielemier, communications manager of the Clinton Foundation. “From powerful sharks and colorful parrot fish to awe-inspiring coral reefs, it’s our responsibility to protect the marine life that inhabit our oceans. Also, who wants to vacation on a beach polluted with trash?”
Clinton Center to host 'Lightning on Demand', July 14, 2019; The Sentinel-Record
The Clinton Presidential Center will host "Lightning On Demand," a Tesla-themed event that was arranged by Richard Wesley Mathias, of Hot Springs Village, founder and president of the Tesla Coil Museum Exhibit Program, on Saturday.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg to speak at Kumpuris Lecture in Little Rock, July 9, 2019; THV 11
The Clinton Foundation and Clinton School of Public Service announced the next Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture featuring The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg….Ginsburg is an American lawyer and jurist who is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office in 1993.
Ginsburg to speak at Clinton Foundation lecture series, July 9, 2019; Associated Press
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will visit Little Rock later this year as part of a lecture series put on by the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton School of Public Service….Ginsburg became the second female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 after then-President Bill Clinton nominated her to the post. She's to speak Sept. 3 on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Vended Laundry Trends and Future Outlook (Part 1), July 2, 2019; American Coin-Op
Laundry hubs give back to the community. Millions of people across the country — many in underserved communities — visit Laundromats each week to clean clothes. The Coin Laundry Association (CLA) and its members established the LaundryCares Foundation in 2006 as a means of focusing the industry’s support to these communities through its network of laundry owners and their facilities. In the last few years, it has greatly matured….In addition to the organization’s flagship events, free laundry days that have helped thousands across the nation with complimentary laundry services, the LaundryCares Foundation also teams with other organizations, including Too Small to Fail, Libraries Without Borders and Current Initiatives, to deliver educational programs promoting children’s literacy and family interactions at the Laundromat.
Bush and Clinton to Celebrate Those in Their Leadership Program, June 27, 2019; NBC DFW
The graduation ceremony for the almost 60 people participating in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program will be held Thursday at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. During the ceremony, Bush and Clinton are set to talk with two former scholars about the work they're doing to address veterans' issues and challenges in health care.
Presidents Bush, Clinton take jabs at Trump, call for bipartisanship at leadership program ceremony, June 27, 2019; Dallas News
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton made several subtle digs at the current administration while discussing hot-button issues Thursday night during a conversation recognizing graduates of their leadership program…."I disagree with so much of what's happening today," Clinton said. "I think diversity is a godsend. I think it's one of America's great blessings."
Bush, Clinton celebrate those in their leadership program, June 27, 2019; Associated Press
The graduation ceremony for the almost 60 people participating in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program was held late Thursday afternoon at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Earlier Thursday, Bush and Clinton visited one of their past scholars, Byron Sanders, to talk about a youth program offered by Big Thought , a Dallas-based nonprofit Sanders leads.
Early literacy initiative makes big impact on community, June 25, 2019; Syracuse.com
Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing is a national campaign created by Too Small to Fail and an initiative of the Early Childhood Alliance. The group actively promotes the importance of early literacy and encourages caregivers to talk, read, and sing to their children every day. A critical part of their message is that learning begins at birth and, since the launch of the initiative, Talking is Teaching has created billboards, bus ads, and posters around Syracuse and Onondaga County to remind parents to use literacy to interact with their children every day, no matter how young they are.
The Clintons are getting into podcasting: 'Why Am I Telling You This', June 26, 2019; ABC News – Chicago
The podcast, which is meant to allow listeners to better engage with Clinton Foundation projects, will feature conversations between the former president, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation staff and a series of special guests and foundation partners about their lives, issues that have shaped the foundation's work and the world….According to Craig Minassian, a spokesman for the Clinton Foundation, the series will be a mix of reflections from the Clinton administration and the President's life and conversations about the work the foundation he started in 1997 is currently doing, reported CNN.
Acceso El Salvador becomes distributor of Spring Genetics tilapia fingerlings, June 24, 2019; Far Eastern Agriculture
Acceso El Salvador, built by the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP), is a smallholder sourcing company in El Salvador, sourcing tilapia, other fish and seafood as well as fruits and vegetables from smallholder fishers and farmers. Acceso El Salvador sells these products to Super Selectos and other buyers, providing a one-stop shop tailored to buyers’ sourcing, quality and traceability needs while facilitating long-term market linkages to improve smallholders’ incomes. The company employs a marine biologist and aquaculture technicians dedicated to the production of tilapia who work closely with its network of fish farmers to improve their production.
El Salvador set for top tilapia, June 24, 2019; The Fish Site
Acceso El Salvador, built by the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP), sources tilapia, other fish and seafood, as well as fruits and vegetables, from smallholders. The company employs a marine biologist and aquaculture technicians dedicated to the production of tilapia who work closely with its network of fish farmers….The new partnership meets a growing need in El Salvador for high-quality fingerlings, where the country’s rapid growth in tilapia production is fuelled by increasing market demand.
5 Reasons to Believe in Young People, June 21, 2019; Thrive Global
Maybe it’s the nature of social media, maybe it’s the way classrooms are organized, or maybe it’s something else. No matter the reason, we’ve found that young adults are good at cooperating and collaboration. We see this all the time at youth conferences like WorldMUN (World Model United Nations) and CGI U (Clinton Global Initiative University), where we host Resolution Social Ventures Challenges. These events bring together thousands of college students who partner with each other in order to find solutions to some of the world’s most urgent issues. They also inspire further collaboration, as seen in social ventures like MUN for Everyone, which invites low-income communities in San Salvador to take part in future conferences.
Vilonia’s Jobe named “Best of the Best”, June 19, 2019; Arkansas News
A teacher in Vilonia School District was among 36 selected individuals recently recognized by state officials for their participation in year four of the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program.…Gov. Hutchinson, the ADE and other state and national partners including the Clinton Foundation, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms, honored the group of 36 — 28 teachers, six mentors and two super mentors — June 13 in the Choctaw Building on the Clinton Presidential Center Campus and a reception and dinner at the governor’s mansion after.
Free laundry day promotes literacy, June 19, 2019; Fox 8
As part of the LaundryCares Foundation and Too Small to Fail, guests at Wash World on Elysian Fields and Laundromat Zone on Old Gentilly, will be treated to free laundry services and detergent, food, games, and the introduction of a new permanent literacy space.
Currently, the Seychelles import three times more oil than they need so that they can support internal activities as well as boats and airplanes that travel to and from the islands. They do not have natural oil reservoirs and have limited space on land for developing renewable energy options. To reduce their reliance on foreign oil, the government of the Seychelles is exploring other opportunities for generating energy to support the islands' activities. And soon, with the Clinton Foundation's support, a floating solar panel facility may be installed in Mahé Island’s ‘Providence Lagoon’. “We at the Clinton Climate Initiative are thrilled to support this innovative project, which represents a groundbreaking step forward for island nations and other regions with limited land available for solar development,” says Fiona Wilson, Senior Regional Manager, Clinton Climate Initiative
Why Am I Telling You This? and A Podcast Of One’s Own — two series from ex-world leaders, June 16, 2019; Financial Times
Why Am I Telling You This? is a new monthly podcast from the Clinton Foundation in which Bill and Chelsea Clinton “help explain the factors shaping our interconnected world.” I’m still not clear what that means, but the first episode finds Clinton Senior in conversation with the Spanish-American chef, José Andrés, whose organisation World Central Kitchen helps feed the survivors of natural disasters. Andrés has set up temporary kitchens in Haiti, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mozambique, and here talks about the practicalities of providing hot food for up to 10,000 people at a time.
Seychelles floating solar project a first for Africa, June 18, 2019; Gadget
Implementation of Africa’s first independent power producer floating solar photovoltaic (FPV) project is continuing in the Seychelles. The project, launched by the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change and the Seychelles Energy Commission, will be the first utility-scale, private-sector funded floating solar project in Africa, and aims to support the country’s transition to renewable energy. The project is being implemented by the Government of Seychelles and the Public Utilities Corporation with the support of the African Legal Support Facility and the Clinton Foundation, with Trinity International LLP and Multiconsult Norge AS serving as the transaction and tender advisers.
Seychelles firms up 4 MW floating PV project, June 14, 2019; PV Magazine
The project is being implemented by the Seychelles government and the Public Utilities Corporation with the support of the African Legal Support Facility and the Clinton Foundation. Trinity International LLP and Multiconsult Norge AS are transaction and tender advisers. Former U.S. president Bill Clinton’s non-profit Clinton Foundation said a request for proposals had been issued to pre qualified bidders and joint ventures. The group had been selected last year as part of the first phase of the project procurement process.
Seychelles, home to Africa’s first IPP floating solar PV project, June 13, 2019; ESI Africa
“We at the Clinton Climate Initiative are thrilled to support this innovative project, which represents a groundbreaking step forward for island nations and other regions with limited land available for solar development. Floating solar photovoltaic energy holds immense potential for islands, and our partners in Seychelles are demonstrating true leadership in addressing the global climate and energy crisis," Fiona Wilson, Senior Regional Manager, Clinton Climate Initiative.
Kaiser Permanente Grants Help North Thurston Students (and Staff!) Get Moving, June 13, 2019; Thurston Talk
For the first time this year in Washington, Kaiser Permanente is partnering with Alliance for a Healthier Generation to offer grant funding to local schools to support programs initiatives that foster healthy eating, physical activity, and social and emotional learning. A Healthy Schools Program Manager supports schools to identify and implement evidence-based best practices to help improve staff and student health outcomes. These include creating opportunities for staff to make long-term changes to improve student and staff health such as adding basketball hoops to accommodate the growing student population at Nisqually Middle School; providing professional development to empower staff to facilitate high quality recess at Olympic View Elementary and Seven Oaks Elementary; and adding new equipment to start two afterschool physical activity programs as well as yoga for staff at Pleasant Glade Elementary.
Kids Are Learning To Read In A Place You’d Never Expect: The Laundromat, June 12, 2019; Nation Swell
Green Eggs and Ham while your laundry soaks? Goodnight Moon during the spin cycle?Laundry and literacy may sound like odd bedfellows, but what better place to reach parents with young kids than at the laundromat? Combining laundry time and storytime is not a new concept, but the Laundry and Literacy Coalition — a recent partnership between the LaundryCares Foundation, Libraries Without Borders and the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative — is taking it a step further, piloting a project to install literacy spaces for kids under 6 years of age in 600 laundromats by 2020. It’s a joint effort to make early literacy programs available to underserved communities via laundromats nationwide.
Maximum IMPCT: Coffee Enterprise Using Beans as a Means for Education at Origin, June 12, 2019; Roast Magazine
With bright neon packages of traceable specialty coffee that has been expertly roasted in a cutting-edge co-roasting space, the IMPCT Coffee brand carries many of the signifiers of a contemporary high-end roasted coffee seller. Yet look a little more closely, and you see that the brand exists first and foremost to support a social enterprise, one that uses coffee as a vehicle to raise capital for education-focused investments in communities at origin. Though IMPCT made its wholesale and direct-to-consumer debut in the United States earlier this spring, the seeds for the coffee and social enterprise business were sewn in a big way back in 2015 when the young IMPCT founders won the Hult Prize for social business development, receiving a $1 million grant from the Hult Prize Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. At the time, former United States President Bill Clinton called IMPCT “one of the top new companies changing the world.”
Talking is Teaching Campaign Celebrating its Two-Year Anniversary, June 11, 2019; Local SYR
Too Small to Fail's Talking is Teaching initiative aiming to improve learning in young children is approaching its two-year anniversary. The campaign has been gaining traction ever since its 2017 launch, and Onondaga County is the 12th community nationwide to participate. The "Talk, Read, Sing" program is designed to encourage parents to improve a child's learning by being more vocal and engaging in conversations with babies and toddlers. The campaign uses a range of techniques to promote the movement including social media, text messaging, billboards, books, and videos.
Tourism minister bemoans lack of plan to handle cyber-attack threats, June 10, 2019; Loop Jamaica
"The centre will be staffed by internationally recognised experts and professions in the fields of climate management, project management, tourism management, tourism risk management, tourism crisis management, communication management, tourism marketing and branding as well as monitoring and evaluation," Bartlett said. He was delivering the keynote address at the Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in US Virgin Islands, last Tuesday. The Action Network brings together leaders from across sectors to develop new, specific, and measurable plans that advance recovery and promote long-term resiliency across the region.
Hillary Clinton and PM talk climate change at Clinton Global Initiative, June 7, 2019; Daily Herald
Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conducted a one-on-one interview about “Leaders on the Frontlines of Climate Change” with Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery held in St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) June 3-4. Romeo-Marlin fielded questions from Clinton about the recovery process almost two years after Hurricane Irma devastated the country, among other things. They discussed the major areas of concern for St. Maarten related to climate change and the priorities to advance the goal of becoming a resilient nation.
Clinton Addresses Statehood, Calls for Local Grassroots Groups to Not Wait for Federal Government to Respond in Interview With USVI News, June 6, 2019; CBS News – U.S. Virgin Islands
He convened a meeting of his Clinton Foundation Clinton Global Initiative Action Network to fill in the gaps and build the Caribbean stronger in the face of future storms. Clinton said, “we’re here because I think it is also important to realize that some things haven’t changed. Some people are still eligible for FEMA aid and they’re going to get it. Some people are still eligible to get help with housing from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. They’ll be some economic development funds coming. So, the real question is whatever you have or don’t, how are you doing to make the most of it?"
Bartlett warns of invisible threats associated with electronic activities, June 6, 2019; Jamaica Observer
The minister, who was participating in a two-day meeting in the United States Virgin Islands on the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, said this is even more important, considering that most tourism-related commerce now takes place electronically. “From destination research to bookings to reservations to room service to payment for vacation shopping… these are mostly done electronically,” the minister said.
Bryan- Clinton Held True on His Promise to Bring CGI To USVI, June 5, 2019; CBS News – U.S. Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan said the Clinton Global Initiative event is shining a global spotlight on the territory. Bryan introduced the former President during the final panel of the Action Network meeting Tuesday night. During the last meeting in Puerto Rico, Governor Bryan asked Clinton to do the next meeting in the USVI. Bryan said he kept his promise. “It is amazing the amount of value add he gives by just showing up and for him to come to the Virgin Islands and to bring the Secretary along is just such a tremendous good faith offering for us and our people in the Virgin Islands,” he added.
Caribbean Leaders Reflect on Takeaways From Clinton Post Disaster Event, June 5, 2019; CBS News – U.S. Virgin Islands
Former President Bill Clinton closed the meeting Tuesday. He convened it with the help of the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative to help Caribbean nations trade ideas on ways to become more resilient. Clinton said the region has the potential to be an example for the rest of the world. Others at the meeting agreed. “The need for Caribbean countries to come together and tackle disaster management together, we can’t be in this fight alone,” Leona Marlin-Romeo, Prime Minister of Saint Marrten said
Clintons Convene Meeting in St. Thomas, Look for Solutions To Recovery Efforts, June 5, 2019; CBS News – U.S. Virgin Islands
Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton are continuing their disaster preparedness meeting in St. Thomas. Former President Bill Clinton was greeted with a standing ovation as he opened the post disaster recovery meeting in St. Thomas on Monday. The meeting at the University of the Virgin Islands is part of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network. It is set out to bring together leaders from across sectors to develop solutions to recovery and build a more resilient future for not only the U.S. Virgin Islands but all of the Caribbean. The opening panel Monday night, which was moderated by Former President Bill Clinton, explored some of those strategies.
The Clinton family and its foundation are working to improve conditions on the Caribbean islands after the hurricanes and help them brace for future storms. Bill and Hillary met with Duncan on Sunday during one of their conferences on helping the area. In a nod to their numbers of sorts, Bill Clinton’s press secretary shared a photo of “42 & 21.” The Clinton Global Initiative met in January for a two-day conference on the island and the former President announced dozens of upcoming projects to help the Caribbean islands recover from the hurricanes.
Caribbean leaders meet with former president Clinton, June 5, 2019; St. Kitts & Nevis Observer
Clinton and the four were speaking on a panel on small business growth in the region. The other two leaders were CEO of First Bank Aurelio Aleman-Bermudez and president of the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development Deanna James. Clinton started the discussion by asking about small business and the “inconceivably” high electricity rates throughout the Caribbean region and the lack of renewable energy such as solar and wind. “Let’s talk about small business, what do you think the impact, of the almost inconceivable to me as an outsider, of the high electric rates in the Caribbean are. This is nuts, the sun shines 300 days out of the year. The wind blows like crazy. Why are we still doing what we’re doing?” asked Clinton.
President Clinton and Minster Bartlett discuss Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, June 4, 2019; Buzz.travel
President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are currently at the fourth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The meeting, in partnership with Bloomberg LP and Love City Strong, will continue the discussion around hurricane recovery in the greater Caribbean region, and address topics such as infrastructure, agriculture, workforce development, clean and renewable energy, health, and Caribbean arts and culture. The approach of the Action Network brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to focus efforts on putting people first, including prioritizing a resilient future by helping communities to plan and prepare for future storms and the mounting effects of climate change.
Tim Duncan Donates $500,000 to Start Program in USVI Aimed at Helping Students From Low Income Families Succeed, June 4, 2019; Virgin Islands Consortium
Retired NBA legend and St. Croix native Tim Duncan visited the land of his birth over the weekend to continue his benevolent mission. This time, Mr. Duncan, who worked tirelessly following the storms of 2017 to help Virgin Islanders, focused his attention solely on the territory’s children, specifically those from low-income families, by providing a donation of $500,000 through the Tim Duncan Foundation to initiate a program called “Yes! Our Kids Can” (YOKC). A press event was held at the Claude O. Markoe Elementary School on Sunday morning to introduce the program. There, Mr. Duncan, Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett and representatives of the Bill Clinton Foundation — all of whom were instrumental in the program’s introduction to the USVI — spoke of the importance of the efforts.
Bill and Hillary Clinton Tour St. Croix Nonprofits Ahead of Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in St. Thomas, June 3, 2019; Virgin Islands Consortium
According to a media advisory provided by the Clinton Foundation, from June 3-4, Mr. Clinton and Mrs. Clinton will convene the fourth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The meeting, in partnership with Bloomberg LP and Love City Strong, will continue the discussion around hurricane recovery in the greater Caribbean region, and address topics such as infrastructure, agriculture, workforce development, clean and renewable energy, health, and Caribbean arts and culture. The approach of the Action Network brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to focus efforts on putting people first, including prioritizing a resilient future by helping communities to plan and prepare for future storms and the mounting effects of climate change. At the meeting, new Commitments to Action will be announced, adding to more than 57 commitments made to date, according to the release.
Seychelles picks finalists for 3.5-4MW floating project, May 29, 2019; PV Tech
Deployment will be supported by the African Legal Support Facility – an initiative by the African Development Bank – and the Clinton Foundation. Trinity International and Multiconsult have been hired to advise on transaction and tender matters. The SEC billed the project as Africa’s first utility-scale, privately funded floating project, as well as the world’s first to be planned in a saltwater environment. The marine floating approach, the SEC said, is a “crucial opportunity for island nations and other land-scarce energy systems”.
Clinton endures a long evening of compliments, May 25, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"I'm massively embarrassed by all of this," Clinton said after the panel discussion. "I feel like I maybe just lived through my eulogy.” Clinton, 71, was back in Little Rock to participate in the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park's "Bridge Builders" series. Today, she's giving the commencement address at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs. Clinton, who also served as a U.S. senator from New York after being the nation's first lady, said it was good at this point in the nation's history to come together and reflect on the past to extrapolate how to work with others to make positive change.
Hillary Clinton to speak at Clinton Presidential Center Friday, May 23, 2019; KATV
Bridge Builders will present the stories of distinguished change-makers, thought leaders, and influencers. The program will include a moderated panel discussion with Gloria Cabe, former Member of Arkansas House of Representatives, former Chief of Staff, Gov. Bill Clinton, former Senior Advisor, US Department of State; Marcy Doderer, CEO of Arkansas Children's Hospital; Ann Kamps, former Special Assistant to Arkansas's First Lady for Early Childhood Programs and current manager of Volunteer and Visitor Services for the Clinton Presidential Center; and Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bankcorp, Inc.
Hillary Rodham Clinton to speak at Clinton Presidential Center Friday; May 23, 2019; KARK
Secretary Clinton will return to Little Rock for “Bridge Builders: Reflecting on Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Impact in Arkansas.” Secretary Clinton will offer closing remarks following a panel discussion with individuals who have been involved with her work and legacy… First Lady of Arkansas, Secretary Clinton was a champion for women and children's health, advocate for improved community-focused financial access, and a supporter of early childhood education and education standards.
How Market Forces Could Improve How We Eat, May 22, 2019; Stanford Social Innovation Review
After long and contentious policy battles, California enacted statewide legislation in 2001, 2003, and 2005 to remove soda and junk food from schools. Over the next five years, more than 20 states followed California’s lead with similar legislation. The tide had turned. In partnership with the Clinton Foundation, the three largest soda producers agreed to remove sugary drinks from schools. They bought national ads to celebrate their decision and eventually came to see that protecting the health of children not only was politically expedient but also made good business sense. Twenty years later, these once highly controversial policies are now mainstream.
Building Back Better in the Caribbean: The Clinton Foundation and Partnerships for Change, May 22, 2019; Business Fights Poverty
How do we empower communities – especially those furthest behind – to have a chance to succeed, improve their lives, and build a better future? There are several answers to the question – create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. These are the core elements that drive the work we do at the Clinton Foundation. But there’s one piece that pulls all these elements together, and that we believe is fundamental to solving the challenges we face in our world today: working together in partnerships of purpose. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) is one of the platforms for partnership that the Clinton Foundation is using to create lasting, impactful change around the world.
Laundry and literacy: Bronx laundromats join initiative to keep children reading, May 21, 2019; News 12
The Clinton Foundation's early education initiative Too Small to Fail has partnered up with the Coin Laundry Association to transform sections of local laundromats into family friendly areas. "That's why we are here, to meet families where they are to provide access to books and early literacy materials and to know that we're meeting families where they are, it's just very wonderful,” says Jane Park, director of Too Small to Fail. Too Small to Fail says it plans to partner with more laundromats to create engaging spaces for children.
Yale launches new policy lab to elevate mental health and disrupt poverty, May 16, 2019; Yale News
In addition, Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of The Clinton Foundation and a leader of its Too Small to Fail initiative advancing early brain and language development, has pledged her support to the effort. At the launch event, she participated in a discussion with Smith moderated by Dr. Kelvin Chan, director of The Robin Hood Foundation’s Fund for Early Learning (FUEL).
Puerto Rico officials stress need for sustainable growth at ‘Tourism Cares’ event, May 8, 2019; Caribbean Business
“We are convinced that tourism is the future for Puerto Rico, that it is the sector in the economy with the most potential for growth. But that growth needs to happen in a sustainable way, that growth needs to happen in way that also influences and impacts and benefits as many people as possible in our society,” she added. One of the focus points of the event carried out in collaboration with the Clinton Global Initiative, is to reach to small businesses and communities that might be finding it harder to gain access to the visitor’s economy.
Clintons Pivot to Podcasting With New Show 'Why Am I Telling You This?', May 7, 2019; Cheddar
Last week, the Clinton Foundation announced it would co-produce a podcast ー titled "Why Am I Telling You This?" ー with At Will Media, a New York-based audio content company. The show, set to debut this summer, will focus on the Clinton Foundation's humanitarian work, and feature President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and the organization's staff and partners. "I think the idea here is both Bill and Chelsea are amazing communicators," At Will Media CEO and founder Will Malnati told Cheddar. "Podcasting is an intimate medium. It's really a way for them to sit down and have a real conversation."
One student’s dedication to helping environment earns her prestigious Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, May 7, 2019; University of Alabama News
“Abigail knows that transformational change requires educating citizens, building consensus and then mobilizing people to exercise their civic voices. She is a determined, bright and indefatigable young environmentalist, and she will make the Udall Foundation proud.” Franks is a political science major with a minor in peace, justice and ecology in UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Political Science. She is also a member of the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program. Franks has participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University program twice and is the founder of WEARE (We Envision Alabamian Renewable Energy), an organization that advocates for sustainable energy policies.
As the republic teeters, will the news media get serious?, May 7, 2019; Columbia Journalism Review
Overall, during the campaign, America’s journalists found Trump’s business depredations no more significant than flimsy allegations against the Clinton Foundation. As for the Clinton Foundation, according to Justin Peters in Slate, the New York Times ran at least seven hard news pieces, in which possible improprieties loomed large. The Times front-paged a cloud of insinuation that Russia-connected oligarchs had donated huge sums to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for Secretary of State Clinton’s approval of a deal to tender American uranium rights to a Russian company. FBI investigations never supplied enough evidence to prosecute such a case.
New 'Washed Ashore' exhibit in Little Rock showcases wildly colorful art made from plastic trash collected at beaches, May 7, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi, creator of the fish sculpture, says, "I used to have people say, 'How do you know they're eating it?' I go, 'You just tell me. What do you think?'" The fish are just two of the residents of "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea," the newest exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center, on display through October. The exhibit is one of several traveling the country thanks to the nonprofit Washed Ashore. Plastics are durable. Too durable. It takes centuries for them to begin to decompose. So the more water bottles, grocery bags and flip-flops humans use and discard, the more pack landfills — or end up in the world's oceans and wash up on the beaches.
These Laundromat Libraries Are Encouraging Children to Read, May 6, 2019; Global Citizen
The Clinton Foundation’s early childhood initiative Too Small to Fail, Libraries Without Borders, and the LaundryCares Foundation are funding test runs of “Family Read & Play Spaces” in three New York City and 10 Chicago laundromats. The coalition aims to encourage literacy by installing the spaces for kids under the age of six, and their parents, in 600 laundromats across the US by 2020, according to Quartz. For low-income children to reach their full potential, learning to read early on is crucial, and it doesn't have to happen at home or school.
Bill & Chelsea Clinton Are Launching A Podcast About What Shapes The Work They Do, May 2, 2019; Bustle
Yet another podcast series is on its way to Apple's iTunes platform this summer. According to The Hill on Thursday, Bill and Chelsea Clinton will launch a podcast titled "Why Am I Telling You This." The father-daughter duo plan to discuss a variety of topics on their show, including "people, issues, and events that shape our work and our world," Chelsea said, per The Hill. In fact, a teaser clip for the Clintons' podcast is already up on Apple's iTunes. The recording is only about two minutes long, but it gives listeners a chance to understand the purpose of the show and even the reference in the series' title. If you ever kept an ear open for Bill's political speeches, you may have noticed that the former president had a habit of frequently saying, "Why am I telling you this?" It was a rhetorical move that Bill would often use to connect an issue with a story, event, person, and more.
Bill and Chelsea Clinton launch a new podcast, May 2, 2019; Axios
The podcast — expected to be available this summer – will also explore the former president's upbringing, experiences during his time in the White House, timely issues and events. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton isn't officially involved in the podcast, but could appear as a guest, per CNN.
Bill and Chelsea Clinton Launch Podcast About Their Foundation, May 2, 2019; Variety
The series will cover issues related to the Clinton Foundation’s work such as the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the greater Caribbean region; how to combat climate change and the opioid crisis; and new ways to improve early childhood literacy. It also will feature discussions “on global leadership, reflections on the Clinton Administration, and President Clinton’s wide range of interests and well-known intellectual curiosity,” according to the foundation’s announcement.
Bill Clinton Is Launching a Podcast, May 2, 2019; Fortune
Clinton has always been a loquacious speaker who’s fond of telling stories, so in some ways, a podcast is a natural step. “Growing up in Arkansas just after World War II in a family that didn’t have a lot of money, most of our entertainment revolved around storytelling,” Clinton says in the preview announcing the series. “Listening to my relatives and neighbors … led me to believe that everyone has a story, and that everyone’s story has value.”
Bill and Chelsea Clinton are starting a podcast, May 2, 2019; Engadget
The podcast will explore some of the issues the foundation is involved with, including hurricane recovery efforts, climate change, the opioid crisis and childhood literacy. It will also include conversations about "global leadership, reflections on the Clinton Administration, and President Clinton's wide range of interests and well-known intellectual curiosity," according to the foundation. Former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won't officially be a part of the series, but she may make appearances, Variety reported.
Bill and Chelsea Clinton announce podcast launch for summer, May 2, 2019; The Hill
"When I got into politics, I always thought that the main point of my work was to give people a chance to have better stories. And after I left office, that's the same purpose that led me to start the Clinton Foundation," he adds. Former President Clinton is known for being verbose, highlighted by his distinction of making the longest State of the Union address in history in 2000, when his remarks went on for 88 minutes. Early interviews will include celebrity chef José Andrés and former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.
Bill Clinton Is Starting A Podcast Called ‘Why Am I Telling You This,’ May 2, 2019; Daily Caller
“Launching a podcast is a natural extension of President Clinton’s mastery of using storytelling to explain complex issues and his belief that once you know someone’s story, you better understand them as a person and your differences become less important,” Minassian said. “President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton have always sought new ways to create a deeper understanding of how to make an impact which is particularly crucial and challenging in the current media environment.”
The Clintons are getting into podcasting, May 2, 2019; CNN
Clinton, along with his daughter Chelsea Clinton and through The Clinton Foundation, launched a podcast on Thursday titled, "Why Am I Telling You This," a nod to a phrase that the former president often uses to connect stories he tells in speeches. The podcast, which is meant to allow listeners to better engage with Clinton Foundation projects, will feature conversations between the former president, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation staff and a series of special guests and foundation partners about their lives, issues that have shaped the foundation's work and the world.
Head of group that aids nonprofits to talk in LR, April 28, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The president and chief executive officer of a Chicago-based organization that works with nonprofit groups, donors and others will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Tuesday in Little Rock. Helene D. Gayle, 63, has run The Chicago Community Trust since October 2017. She used to work at the McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit group that builds partnerships for social impact; CARE, one of the world's oldest humanitarian organizations; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working primarily on HIV/AIDS issues; and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.
Climate Change is a Global Problem. He Found Solutions in Singapore, April 25, 2019; Northeastern News
He says that his research experience in Singapore also led him to educate children in Boston about climate change and sustainability. He got that opportunity through the Clinton Global Initiative University. The annual conference—which Northeastern hosted in the fall of 2017—brings together more than 1,000 college students worldwide to discuss and develop effective solutions to pressing global challenges, including climate change.Students who participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University must commit to developing specific plans that address one of these challenges. Maia co-founded EcoScholars, a program in which Northeastern students teach lessons on environmental education to children at after-school programs in Boston. The lessons being taught this spring focus on defining climate change and explaining how people contribute to it, how it affects people and the world, and how people can fight it.
CIMMYT and Clinton Foundation Partner to Improve Access to Climate-Resilient Maize Seed, April 23, 2019; Seed World
Working together to improve access to and availability of climate-resilient maize varieties in eastern Africa, the Clinton Foundation and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) are launching a partnership that will not only improve access by smallholder farmers to modern maize varieties but also aim to bolster food security in Malawi, Rwanda and Tanzania. The Clinton Foundation is launching this partnership through the Clinton Development Initiative, which works in the region to improve economic opportunity for farmers through better access to markets, technology, and inputs like seeds and fertilizer.
Clinton Foundation wraps up Galesburg project, April 22, 2019; The Register-Mail
The push to make Knox County part of the Clinton Health Initiative started in 2014, when representatives from pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca spoke with community leaders and locals to gauge initial ideas for the plan. AstraZeneca contacted the Clinton Foundation to sponsor a “health blueprint” formation and implementation. In early 2016, the foundation officially announced Knox County as its sixth Health Matters Initiative community. In June 2016, the foundation set up nine “working groups” to give members of the public a chance to lay out the health matters they would like to see addressed in the blueprint.
Protect our future, April 22, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
President Clinton's commitment to sustainability is also evident at the Clinton Presidential Center. The Clinton Library was awarded a platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) certification in 2007. It was also the first LEED-certified building in Arkansas when completed in 2004. The 1899 Choctaw Station, which houses the Clinton Foundation and Clinton School of Public Service, attained LEED-EB gold certification in 2014, making it the oldest LEED-certified building in the state. The Clinton Center's newest temporary exhibition, "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea," will open on Saturday. It is a family-friendly installation featuring more than 20 giant sea-life sculptures made entirely of trash and debris collected from oceans and beaches.
From place of faith Fighting addiction, April 21, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
This is why we--a diverse group of faith leaders from across Little Rock--have come together to address this crisis in our community. We are participating in an interfaith process convened by the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Presidential Center, Arkansas Department of Health and Interfaith Arkansas. We are coming together across denominations and traditions to recognize that we can do together what none of us can do alone in defeating the opioid epidemic. We must act as a community and a nation.
Buttigieg and Delaney Want to Bring Back One of Bill Clinton’s Signature Proposals, April 17, 2019; New York Magazine
Clinton made national service (an idea constantly promoted by the Democratic Leadership Council which he chaired before running for president) a signature initiative of his 1992 presidential campaign; it nicely reinforced the “community” portion of his “opportunity, responsibility, community” meta-message. He also adopted the DLC’s emphasis on the value of a large, GI Bill–type post-service educational benefit to deal with rising college costs. Taking office during a debt-and-deficit panic, and facing the traditional conservative resistance to compensated service, Clinton was nonetheless able during his first year to get a relatively small program called AmeriCorps off the ground.
'Curbside Couture' at Clinton Presidential Center Apr. 28, April 17, 2019; KARK
The Clinton Center’s "Curbside Couture," now in its 8th year, offers students in third-twelfth grade the opportunity to apply their creativity and technical skills to create wearable designs made of recycled material. The innovative designs modeled in the fashion show are the product of months of hard work by both student designers, educators, and mentors. More than 201 individuals and teams from 33 schools registered to participate this year. Registered student designers had the opportunity to attend a mentoring session with Korto Momolu, the first runner-up winner of Project Runway’s fifth season, the Clinton Center’s own Connie Fails, and other designers.
Clinton Global Initiative impressed with post-Maria progress in Dominica, April 17, 2019; Dominica News Online;
Members of a delegation from the the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) which is visiting Dominica, say they are impressed by the progress made by the island since its devastation by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The 13-member delegation arrived in Dominica on April 15 and will be here until April 18, to assess the progress made in the areas of Energy, Agriculture, Tourism and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Dominica.
Disease detection in a box – a high-tech solution for emergency settings, April 16, 2019; ReliefWeb
All health data is now being fed into a common reporting system, thanks to strong collaboration between the Ministry of Health and partners including US Centers of Disease Control, Médecins sans Frontières, International Federation of the Red Cross and the Clinton Foundation. In particular, a team of Portuguese-speaking field epidemiologists has been deployed from Brazil’s Field Epidemiological Training Program (FETP) through the GOARN network to work closely with national staff to support this work.
Laundry Day 2019: Laundromats are Facilitating Story Times for Children so They Can Improve Their Literacy on Laundry Day, April 14, 2019; Time Bulletin
Days spent at the laundromat can frequently be extraordinarily exhausting, particularly for kids looking out for their folks. Be that as it may, rather than requesting that kids engage themselves by watching the rinse cycle, bookkeepers are visiting areas so they can read to the children. The Too Small to Fail activity has been endeavoring to improve kids’ proficiency by bringing books, story time, and reading groups to surprising community spaces, for example, laundromats. The program is particularly helpful for shutting the proficiency gap between youngsters from lower and higher-salary families.
Clinton Coming to St. Thomas in June, April 11, 2019; The St. John Source
Former President Bill Clinton will convene the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery at the University of the Virgin Islands this June, the Clinton Foundation announced this week. According to the foundation, the Action Network brings together leaders across the public sector, private sector, and civil society to discuss and develop solutions that address hurricane recovery needs facing the region while laying the foundation for a more resilient and prosperous future.
U of A Project Makes a Difference for Low-Income Youth With Disabilities, April 11, 2019; University of Arkansas News
A new report finds that Arkansas PROMISE — a University of Arkansas project aimed at improving the education and career outcomes of low-income teenagers with disabilities — has succeeded in increasing services, training, employment and income for participants. Arkansas PROMISE partners include the Arkansas Department of Education, the University of Arkansas, Clinton Foundation Health Matters Initiative, and more.
Laundromat Hosts Reading Program For Kids While Their Parents Wash Clothes, April 8, 2019; Tank’s Good News
While the adults are busy with laundry, kids are sitting on a rug listening to a local librarian read. This special storytime is part of an initiative to improve early childhood literacy in lower income areas by bringing books to unusual but frequented locations like the laundromat… The New York effort is supported by Libraries Without Borders, the Clinton Foundation’s “Too Small to Fail” program, and the laundromat industry. Their goal is to expand the initiative to thousands of locations worldwide.
In These Laundromats, Adults Do the Wash, and Children Read, April 3, 2019; Education Week
Librarians, early-literacy groups, and laundromat owners are combining forces to see if reaching out to families in places they frequent can help close the literacy gap between low-income and higher-income students… Those behind the New York effort include the Clinton Foundation's "Too Small to Fail" program, Libraries Without Borders, and the laundromat industry. They hope to expand literacy areas to thousands of locations nationwide.
Ex-Clinton secretary of state set for LR talk, March 31, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who served during former President Bill Clinton's administration, will speak in Little Rock on Saturday. Albright was the first woman to serve as secretary of state of the United States. At her Little Rock appearance, she will discuss her life and career, and her newest book, Fascism: A Warning.
Her appearance will begin a new speaker series titled "Bridge Builders." Each featured speaker will share insights on important challenges, opportunities and issues of the day, and audience members will be encouraged to learn more or do something that adds to the bridge, according to a news release. The series is presented by the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and sponsored by Coulson Oil.
Laundromats Support Early Literacy, Finds NYU Steinhardt Professor, March 26, 2019; NYU News
Professor Susan B. Neuman presented new research demonstrating that laundromats can serve as an important environment for early literacy development. Neuman’s research was part of a program led by Laundry Literacy Coalition, a group formed by the LaundryCares Foundation, the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative, and Libraries Without Borders to make early literacy resources available to underserved communities through local laundromats nationwide.
'Laundromats and literacy are a weirdly perfect couple.' Chelsea Clinton leads storytime in new Chicago learning space for kids, March 20, 2019; Chicago Tribune
The new literacy space, a corner with some cute, kid-sized furniture, books and educational toys, is intended to recapture, in the name of literacy, the obligatory downtime many kids spend in laundromats each week. “Small moments and interactions really help prepare children for success in school,” says Jane Park Woo, deputy director of Too Small to Fail, the Clinton Foundation’s early childhood initiative. “We’re very focused on meeting families where they are, and helping them make the most of their small moments. Laundry time, diaper time, meal time — we want to help parents use all these moments to engage in language-rich interaction with their children.”
Chelsea Clinton visits Chicago laundromat to unveil reading space, March 20, 2019; ABC 7 Chicago
The Family Read & Play Space will be a permanent fixture at the Wash Time laundromat as part of a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the Laundry Literacy Coalition. The foundation's Too Small to Fail program is working with the Chicago Public Library to maintain weekly story time programming at the laundromat. They currently visit twice a week. The Laundry Literacy Coalition is a national alliance between the Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail program, the LaundryCares Foundation and Libraries Without Borders. Since 2015, the organizations have sought to bring early literacy resources and outreach programs directly into local self-service laundromats to meet families where they are and support young children's early brain and language development.
Here’s Why Chelsea Clinton Came To Chicago To Visit A Laundromat, March 20, 2019; Chalkbeat Chicago
Chelsea Clinton decided to pay a quick visit to Kuhl’s laundromat to bring wider attention to a nascent program championed through her family foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative. The idea is pretty simple: deliver early learning materials such as books, alphabet rugs and puppets to places families traffic such as barbershops, grocery stories, and, yes, laundromats.
Chelsea Clinton to unveil kids’ space to read, play in Belmont Cragin laundromat, March 18, 2019; Chicago Sun Times
Last year, in order to add educational resources to the free laundry days, LaundryCares partnered with Libraries Without Borders — a group fighting poverty through literacy — and the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail to launch the Laundry Literacy Coalition. The alliance came after learning spaces were added in three laundromats in New York City, where a study by an NYU professor found children engaged in 30 times more literacy activities in laundromats that had learning spaces than ones that did not.
How to Help Your Child Love Reading, March 18, 2019; Education Week
We caught up with Neuman and New York-area librarians to get their advice for parents on how best to read to your child. They're experimenting with reading to children in laundromats, partly to help model active reading techniques for parents. (The laundromat effort is a joint project of the Coin Laundry Assocation, public libraries, the Clinton Foundation's "Too Small To Fail" iniatitive and Libraries Without Borders.)
Free Laundry Day Coming to Miami Area March 25, March 18, 2019; American Coin-Op
During this event, a new literacy center will be installed in each of the two stores. These literacy centers provide books and a comfortable and engaging setting, fostering opportunities for children to read and learn while their families’ clothes and linens are laundered. Similar learning spaces have been launched in Laundromats across the nation through the Laundry Literacy Coalition, a partnership of Libraries Without Borders, Too Small to Fail, and LaundryCares.
Behind a $25 Million Plan to Elevate Women in STEM and Use their Stories to Inspire Girls, March 17, 2019; Inside Philanthropy
The Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative has been known to partner with the entertainment and media world to get messages and information about childhood development to parents. The Kenneth Rainin Foundation in Oakland has also targeted parents of young children through a public awareness campaign called “Talk, Read Sing.”
My Drug Overdose Saved My Life. Now I'm Saving Others., March 15, 2019; Marie Claire
In October 2018, while attending law school at the University of Chicago, I participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a Clinton Foundation program that engages young leaders around the world in addressing pressing global challenges. I saw this as an opportunity to advocate for better opioid addiction treatment in jails and prisons. At a CGI U opioid panel, I connected with other like-minded students who inspired me to start Addicted 2 Action (A2A), an organization committed to tackling the opioid crisis by making MAT accessible to inmates. CGI U introduced me to researchers interested in measuring outcomes of MAT expansion in correctional facilities, and most importantly, to sources of funding and subsidies to help make medications like buprenorphine/naloxone and methadone available within these facilities.
Ending HIV transmission by 2030, March 4, 2019; The Harvard Gazette
The Clinton Foundation played a big role in that, for sure. And yet, making generics in India and a few other places played a big role in it too. And developing drugs that didn’t generate drug resistance, like Dolutegravir, played a big role. Now Dolutegravir is being used in Africa. For the future, newer slow-release formulations of such drugs will also be very important.
Puerto Rico Science & Research Trust Summit Focuses on Lessons from 2017, February 27, 2019; Caribbean Business
The idea of direct collaboration between various jurisdictions in the Caribbean Basin to mitigate the growing impact of phenomena linked to climate change is beginning to take hold in the region, especially with the recent visit to Puerto Rico of former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who announced a funding commitment of $4 million that will be used exclusively to promote sustainable agriculture projects on the island. The Clintons’ announcement was made during the recent Clinton Global Initiative meeting held in San Juan, where the topic of climate change was comprehensively addressed.
Four history-making Arkansas mayors talked race, representation and unity at the Clinton Presidential Center on Monday. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr., Fort Smith Mayor George McGill, Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington and El Dorado Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer shared reflections and stories from their campaigns and their terms so far.
Chelsea Clinton and Volunteers Team Up to Help Families That Can't Afford Diapers, February 22, 2019; Spectrum News
Among the volunteers was Chelsea Clinton. The Clinton Foundation was behind the day of action, part of an effort to mobilize people to give back to their communities. The former first daughter, now a mother of two, said diaper insecurity is an issue that spoke to her heart. "No mother, no father, no caregiver should ever have to worry about having a clean diaper. It is a fundamental, basic need," Clinton said. "So it is particularly important to me as a mom that we engage in this work and that we will stay engaged to this work, because every child deserves to have a clean diaper."
Presidents Day Celebrated In Little Rock With Free Admission At Clinton Presidential Center, February 18, 2019; KUAR
The Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock is celebrating Presidents Day with free admission on Monday. The only other day during the year that it offers free admission is in August to celebrate former President Bill Clinton’s birthday. All temporary and permanent exhibits are open, including the recently unveiled "Mighty Mississippi: A Mosaic of America’s Growth."
Billionaire philanthropist Frank Giustra revels in his life of giving, February 17, 2019; Vancouver Sun
Giustra joined the board of trustees of The Clinton Foundation and travelled the globe with Clinton, seeing first-hand the work he was doing. “He had launched his HIV/AIDs initiative, a really brilliant idea he and his people had come up with to deliver the anti-retroviral drugs to the developing world in a way they could afford. I donated a lot of money to that, and helped him raise a lot of money.” Giustra says, perhaps only half-joking, that he became “a born-again good guy.” In 2007, Giustra pitched Clinton on a new idea — the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative. Giustra had been financing mining projects around the globe — projects that saw companies extract resources and then leave settlements once the mine was exhausted.
IBM renews code challenge to stress-test open source projects, February 13, 2019; Tech Target
IBM's Corporate Service Corps, and organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative University, will support the Code and Response effort with training and resources. IBM also issued its next Call for Code competition, which will again focus on social impact code challenges and encourage developers to use cloud, AI, blockchain and IoT technologies to help mitigate the impacts of natural disasters.
IBM’s Code and Response is open source tech for natural disasters, February 13, 2019; Computer Weekly
IBM used its Think 2019 conference this month to announce Code and Response, a $25 million, four-year initiative to put open source technologies developed as part of coding challenges in the communities where they are needed most. Code and Response is supported by IBM, a number of international (but predominantly US) governmental links as well as NGO partners. A connected partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University is hoped to provide college-age developers with the skills in line with this initiative
Black History Month Comes to Clinton Center, February 12, 2019; Little Rock Soirée
A number of organizations and businesses around the city are hosting a robust lineup of events celebrating National Black History Month, and the Clinton Presidential Center is one of them. "I’m thrilled that the Clinton Center is able to offer a wide variety of exciting programming to commemorate Black History Month," Clinton Foundation executive director Stephanie Streett said. "I hope that guests of all ages will join us as we celebrate." From art exhibits to music to meaningful conversation, the next few weeks at the Clinton Center are busy ones.
This year, the Clinton Presidential Center's Fusion: Arts + Humanities Arkansas program will explore the impact of the Mississippi River on commerce, agriculture, environment, and culture. Throughout the month of February, the Clinton Center will bring together Mark Twain and Norman Rockwell, dozens of Arkansas educators, a GRAMMY Award-winning musician, and the foremost experts of Mississippi River history and culture.
LR accepting centerpiece sculpture entries in 'Found Objects' art contest, February 8, 2019; KARK
The City of Little Rock and the Sustainability Commission are accepting entries for the Found Objects Art Contest, sponsored by the new exhibit Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea coming in April to the Clinton Presidential Center. Individuals and organizations are invited to create sculptures constructed from found litter. The plan is to have the creations submitted and possibly chosen as centerpieces for the upcoming sustainability summit at the Clinton Library on March 28.
Chelsea Clinton shares insights on public health, February 8, 2019; Cornell Chronicle
In a conversation with Dr. Rainu Kaushal, chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, before a small audience of invited guests, Clinton highlighted the genesis of the Clinton Foundation, the nonprofit organization founded by her father, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, where she serves as vice chair, and its work in public health and advocacy. She discussed the value of mentorship and those who influenced her life, her academic career, and the importance of work-life balance… Another of the many children’s health issues Clinton is currently focusing on is childhood obesity. With the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a nonprofit founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, she is working to increasing health and wellness by emphasizing healthier food options and increased physical activity in schools nationwide.
Clinton Center to celebrate Presidents’ Day with free admission, February 7, 2019; The Pine Bluff Commercial
The Clinton Presidential Center at Little Rock will celebrate Presidents’ Day with free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18… The permanent exhibits chronicle history at the turn of the 21st century. The full-scale replica of the Oval Office and White House Cabinet Room reconstruction give visitors an inside look at working in the White House, according to the release. Other exhibits include 13 policy alcoves and an interactive 110-foot timeline within which the history of the Clinton Administration unfolds. The third floor includes exhibits about life in the White House: the splendor of state events, gifts from foreign heads of state, the spirit of holiday celebrations, and how the Clintons made the White House their home. The Clinton Center’s temporary exhibits give visitors a chance to always see something new.
Chelsea Clinton joined San Diego County health officials and vulnerable teens on Thursday in Balboa Park for a panel discussion about how to better help children in the county’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The panel focused on the progress of a collaboration between the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative, the county and the San Diego Foundation to study factors that lead to poor health outcomes and a higher rate of children of color in the justice system and foster care.
Chelsea Clinton in San Diego for youth justice talk, February 7, 2019; CBS 8
Former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton was in San Diego on Thursday for the Youth Justice Talk. Clinton lead a roundtable talk on empowering youth who have been affected by the juvenile justice system and getting them the resources, they need… During the roundtable talk, which took place at The Prado in Balboa Park, Clinton also spoke with dozens of community partners, including the county health and human services director, Nick Macchione.
Make Jamaica Green Again: 10 Powerful Women Leading The Sustainability Movement, February 7, 2019; Forbes
Allison, a Marine Biologist, is the Chief Technical Director at the Environment Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), an institute which helps the environment and child survival & development projects. She is also a member of the Women in Renewable Energy Network launched by the Clinton Foundation.s
It has been called "the spine of our nation," a geographical feature that splits the nation almost in half. It has been the site of triumph and tragedy, a source of dreams and inspiration. Now, the Mississippi River is the focus of a new temporary exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center: "The Mighty Mississippi: A Mosaic of America's Growth," open Saturday through March 3. "The exhibit really explores the river's impact on the growth of America, its impact on the environment, economy, culture, commerce, transportation, literature," explains Ben Thielemier, communications manager for the Clinton Foundation. It explores all that through an eclectic collection of objects that Thielemier describes as "a cross-section. Just a glimpse at the incredible impact this river has had on the growth of our country."
Chef José Andrés and Sovereignty over Puerto Rico’s Agricultural Sector, February 4, 2019; Nonprofit Quarterly
Chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen (WCK) have launched a new initiative aimed at rebuilding the island’s agricultural economy and, importantly, making it less reliant on external support. In its first grantmaking cycle last fall, “Plow to Plate” awarded more than $540,000 in grants to small farmers and food-related entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico. And after an announcement last week that the Clinton Global Initiative has made a $2 million commitment to the project—which WCK will match—the initiative is poised for significant growth.
President Varela, Bill Clinton inaugurate 40-MW solar complex in Panama, February 4, 2019; Renewables Now
Panama’s president Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, accompanied by former US president Bill Clinton, inaugurated on Friday the 40-MW solar complex IKAKOS in the city of David, Chiriqui province, president Varela’s website said... The inauguration of the IKAKOS solar farm also served as the launch of InterEnergy’s SER plan, which is part of the commitment made at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative meeting to offering large clients 100% renewable energy.
4 from Arkansas selected as Presidential Leadership Scholars; program begins this week in D.C., February 3, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Four Arkansans are among the 60 people chosen this year to be Presidential Leadership Scholars, according to the Clinton Foundation. The program kicks off Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Over the course of several months, they will learn about leadership through the experiences of four former presidents -- Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush -- and will visit those presidents' libraries.
Hillary Clinton and John Kasich: We cannot cede ground on animal poaching, February 1, 2019; Washington Post
This is an issue that we both have endeavored to shine light on, in and out of office. One of us (Clinton) worked with President Barack Obama to draw attention to African elephant poaching in the 2000s — when close to two-thirds of all remaining forest elephants were wiped out to meet the global demand for ivory — and embraced a strategy in 2013 through the Clinton Global Initiative to stop the killing and trafficking of elephants.
Staff and volunteers with the Clinton Foundation and the Arkansas Foodbank packed up boxes on Thursday for people affected by the government shutdown. It was called "A Day of Action." They sorted and packed 10,000 baby diapers, and the book called "Diaper Time is Talk Time". Those diapers will be available for pick up at several locations in Little Rock starting this weekend.
Clinton Center to feature Cultural Heroes, honoring 7 Civil Rights icons, January 31, 2019; The Pine Bluff Commercial
The Clinton Presidential Center’s temporary exhibit, Cultural Heroes, will debut Saturday, Feb. 23, as part of the center’s Black History Month celebration. Cultural Heroes is a collection of seven larger-than-life clay sculptures created by Nashville, Tennessee-based artist Alan LeQuire, according to a news release. Each sculpture represents a musician who shaped the soundtrack of the Civil Rights movement…“Alan’s Cultural Heroes sculptures beautifully capture the heart and soul of these amazing performers and civil rights pioneers,” said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation. “We are thrilled to share his work with our visitors and hope that they walk away with a greater appreciation of the artists, their music, and their contribution to civil rights.”
The Clinton Foundation aids Puerto Rico, January 31, 2019; Axios
This week, the Clintons brought together hundreds of corporate, NGO and government leaders for the Clinton Foundation’s CGI meeting in San Juan. The mission was to help Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the rest of the region continue to recover from last year’s hurricanes and build capacity to become more resilient. Read more about the week here. CGI announced 39 new commitments and partnerships on food security, access to health care, small business support, sustainable tourism, the opioid epidemic and renewable energy. The Comeback Foundation ... Undeterred by false claims that the Clinton Foundation had shut down after the 2016 election, officials say they have expanded its work with fresh momentum and more support. An official told me: "Very few leaders know how to get people to work together as effectively as Bill Clinton, and hundreds of millions of people around the world are still benefiting from the thousands of CGI commitments launched since 2005."
After feeding an island, José Andrés and his nonprofit now want to help Puerto Rico feed itself, January 30, 2019; Washington Post
The recipient list will soon multiply, thanks to the Clinton Global Initiative, which has committed $2 million to World Central Kitchen, Andrés announced Tuesday afternoon from the stage of the CGI Action Network Post-Disaster Recovery meeting in San Juan. World Central Kitchen plans to match CGI’s commitment and channel most of the $4 million, over a five-year period, into 213 small farms and other food-related businesses, Mook said. The rest will be invested in agricultural and business skills training, as well as an agritourism program that will place volunteers on farms and businesses around the island.
Bill Clinton pledges help for Caribbean after '17 hurricanes, January 30, 2019; Associated Press
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton announced dozens of projects Tuesday aimed at helping Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands recover from a deadly 2017 hurricane season as part of a two-day conference in the U.S. territory organized by his foundation. The announcement comes as the region struggles to rebuild more than a year after hurricanes Irma and Maria caused billions of dollars in damage in Puerto Rico, Dominica, Antigua, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other spots. "Our work is far from over," Clinton said. "The work is not for those with short attention spans." More than 550 people representing more than 400 organizations attended the conference of the Clinton Global Initiative, which Clinton created to help raise attention and money for causes worldwide.
Inside the Clintons’ Dinner with Lin-Manuel Miranda and George Clooney During Puerto Rico Trip, January 29, 2019; People Magazine
The Clintons are in Puerto Rico as their foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative launches 30 new efforts amid a broader push to help rebuild and revitalize the territory, whose infrastructure was pummeled by the deadly Hurricane Maria in September 2017… the main purpose of the trip for the former president and his wife, a former secretary of state and New York senator, has been focusing on their foundation. Among the efforts is a model farm for Andrés’ World Central Kitchen and a nursery for reforesting the area. On Sunday, 30,000 lbs. of medical supplies were airlifted in to be distributed among the island’s rural communities.
'Cultural Heroes' heads to Clinton Center for Black History Month, January 29, 2019; Arkansas Times
Sculptor Alan LeQuire of Nashville was inspired by the giant sculpted heads of the kings of France he saw in Paris to create "Cultural Heroes," sculptures of American royalty of a different kind: Musicians whose songs gave voice to campaigns for civil rights. The exhibition of colossal clay heads, lifesized times four, opens Feb. 23 as part of the Clinton Presidential Center's celebration of Black History Month. Seven sculptures will be included in the temporary exhibition, representations of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Lead Belly, Paul Robeson, Woody Guthrie, Marian Anderson, and Josh White.
Foundation for Puerto Rico, P.E.C.E.S. and small businesses show recovery efforts to Clinton Foundation, January 28, 2019; Caribbean Business
In April, the Clinton Foundation, as part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network, recognized FPR’s work in providing capital and mentoring to small businesses after Hurricane María. FPR committed to expanding the Bottom Up Destination Recovery Initiative in partnership with local nonprofits Centro para Emprendedores, Grupo Guayacán, Kiva, and Fundación Banco Popular, among others.
Clintons to Host Meeting on Disaster Recovery in San Juan, January 28, 2019; Caribbean Business
The Clinton-hosted meeting will include more than 500 leaders from business, government, and philanthropy to make commitments to support recovery on Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean region. At the meeting, participants will discuss “the current recovery efforts in the region, progress to date, ongoing challenges, and Commitments to Action” announced at the Action Network’s August meeting in Miami last year.
José Andrés’s Nonprofit Served 11,400 Meals to Furloughed Workers in One Day, January 25, 2019; Eater
While World Central Kitchen is a chef-led nonprofit at its heart, the #ChefsForFeds initiative is getting help from outside the restaurant industry. The Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas is serving as a base for World Central Kitchen in Arkansas, providing a central location for furloughed workers to pick up hot meals.
Food, chicken, laundry among the help offered federal workers in Arkansas, January 25, 2019; Arkansas Times
The Clinton Center and the Excaliburger food truck, with Kyle Pounder and Megan Thompson responding to Chef Jose Andres' world central kitchen effort, have been serving food at the presidential library. Earlier in the week, volunteers packed food and other items at the library. Bill and Hillary Clinton paid for a hot dinner served last night at 42 Bar and Table and Bill Clinton called in to offer support to the crowd… On Monday, the Clinton Foundation will partner with the Coin Laundry Association and the Laundry Cares Foundation for a free laundry day.
Food distribution set for federal workers, January 21, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Food and other items collected for unpaid federal workers and contractors will be distributed Friday morning from a cargo building at the Little Rock airport. Volunteers from First United Methodist Church in downtown Little Rock, the United Way, the Hunger Relief Alliance, the Arkansas Foodbank, the Clinton Presidential Center, and some federal workers spent Wednesday at the church sorting and boxing the food and other items for delivery at the cargo building, Carter said.
California Commits to Zero-Emissions Bus Fleet by 2040, December 18, 2018; Green Tech Media
California regulators have committed the state to ending fossil fuel use for its roughly 12,000-strong transit bus fleet by 2040, another long-term commitment to reducing the state’s carbon emissions that are already being driven by the economics of electrifying transit and school buses…The Clinton Global Initiative recently led a demonstration project, supported by the California Energy Commission, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and NRG/EVgo, to deploy a total of six V2G-enabled school buses at three districts in California. The pilot found that each bus could generate $6,100 annually in V2G revenues.
Little Rock area faith leaders have partnered with the Clinton Foundation, the Arkansas Department of Health and Interfaith Arkansas to help fight the opioid epidemic in Arkansas. The partnership is a component of the continued work by the foundation's Clinton Health Matters Initiative to help faith leaders build a knowledge base and familiarity about opioid abuse -- a topic that isn't always openly discussed in houses of worship -- and how to address the issue in ways that encourage open discussion and facilitate substance abuse resources if needed.
New Alliance to Promote Early Literacy Through Laundromats Nationwide, December 10, 2018; The American Coin-Op
“Our work has shown that Laundromats are important spaces with great potential to meet parents and families where they are to promote children’s early literacy development,” says Jane Park Woo, deputy director of Too Small to Fail. “We look forward to growing our partnership with the LaundryCares Foundation, Libraries Without Borders, and other organizations to launch new and innovative tools and strategies to promote children’s early literacy development through Laundromats nationwide.”
When doctors say ‘Read,’ new parents listen, November 29, 2018; The Hechinger Report
“Our theory and our strategy proved to be true,” said Patti Miller, the CEO of Too Small to Fail. “We’re so excited about this research because we know the pediatrician, as a trusted messenger, can really make a difference. We’re excited to take this and scale it to hospitals across the country...” The Too Small to Fail campaign isn’t just dependent on doctors. Miller said her staff has worked with writers of popular TV shows, including “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin” to insert plot points that model talking, reading and singing with small children. Too Small to Fail is also developing unique telenovelas in partnership with Univision, working to create “language-rich spaces” in laundromats across the country and considering a move into clinics for women, infants, and children receiving government support. They’ve also handed out more than a million books since launching in 2013, Miller said.
Puerto Rico plots out total switch to green energy by 2050, November 27, 2018; Mother Nature Network
"We are honored that the Clinton Foundation and the Solar Foundation have been instrumental in galvanizing this much need donation which will lead the way in transforming the largest produce market in San Juan and Puerto Rico. Having access to solar energy will ensure dozens of small business owners will not to be hostage to an unreliable electrical infrastructure. The way of the future is made possible today by those that believe we are all entitled to better life," remarks San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.
CS Student Vien Yadavongsy and Team Win First Place at CGIU Codeathon, November 20, 2018; Illinois Tech Today
The two-day coding challenge, hosted by former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, invited undergraduate and graduate students with a background in technology and design to develop unique digital prototypes and tools that could increase the effectiveness of response and recovery efforts following natural disasters.
New Caribbean Alliance Drives Clean Energy Funds Into Region to Replace Diesel, November 19, 2018; Forbes
Prime Minister Andrew Holness said renewable energy expansion could create jobs, which theoretically would help citizens afford electric power and reduce electricity theft and energy poverty. "If Jamaica does it, and they're successful doing it, it will encourage regionalization and aggregation of the idea," said Neil Parsan, Former Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago to the U.S. and founder of Parsan Cross. Jamaica isn't starting from zero. Its Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology says it has already attracted renewable energy projects, including efforts funded by the Clinton Climate Initiative.
First Phase Begins for Solar, Energy Efficiency Project at Río Piedras market, November 14, 2018; Caribbean Business
Officials from The Solar Foundation, the Clinton Foundation and the municipality of San Juan announced that work has begun on the first phase of the installation of solar and energy efficiency upgrades of the Plaza del Mercado de Río Piedras in San Juan, with installation of LED lighting that is expected to be completed later this month. The Hispanic Federation and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy have committed two grants totaling $1.1 million in funding for the project, which will also include installation of solar panels and batteries for the market. This work, being undertaken through the Solar Saves Lives initiative led by The Solar Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, is being done at the request of, and in close coordination with, the Municipality of San Juan.
Solar Foundation and Clinton Foundation plan 250-kW solar+storage installation at Puerto Rico produce market, November 13, 2018; Solar Power World
The Solar Foundation, the Clinton Foundation and the municipality of San Juan have announced that work has begun on the first phase of the installation of solar and energy efficiency upgrades of the Plaza del Mercado produce market in Río Piedras, with installation of LED lighting that is expected to be completed later this month.
Clinton Presidential Library provides a unique look into the last 8 years of the 20th century, November 12, 2018; FOX 2 St. Louis
Riverbanks are rich with stories, and the bridges that span them as well. And if you head to the south bank of the Arkansas River in central Arkansas, you`ll find yourself in Little Rock at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park.
At Clinton Initiative Conference, Twelve Cornell Students and Alumni Explore How They Can Change the World, November 7, 2018; Cornell Daily Sun
At the Clinton Global Initiative University in Chicago in late October, Cornell students and alumni met individuals from all over the world to discuss ideas and share their experience in launching social ventures, which aim to tackle specific social issues in their communities.
Bill, Hillary, Chelsea Clinton Speak at Closing Session of CGI U, Chicago Maroon; October 22, 2018
The family of three, whom Gayle described as “national and international treasures,” discussed optimism in the face of political uncertainty and urged the audience to be vigilant of future threats of climate change, distrust in vaccinations, and flawed cybersecurity systems. The Clinton's also reflected on combating increasing cultural and political divisiveness.
Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton speak to future leaders at the University of Chicago, ABC Chicago; October 20, 2018
The Clintons sought to inspire the next generation of civic leaders, while also addressing the current political divide in the country. Their visit comes less than three weeks before the midterm elections.
Bill Clinton comments on ‘separatist’ politics, Chicago violence at U of C, Chicago Sun-Times; October 19, 2018
Hosting several young activists from around the world, former President Bill Clinton on Friday argued that harder policing isn’t the solution to Chicago violence. Chelsea Clinton also commented about the nation’s political divides in her remarks before she introduced her father at the Clinton Foundation event, held at the University of Chicago.
Too Small to Fail: An Early Childhood Literacy Program Expands with New Funding, Inside Philanthropy; October 19, 2018
The Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative is best known in the early childhood learning field for its work to help parents to nurture their children’s development at home. The initiative has worked with laundromats to provide books for parents to use while they do laundry. It’s also partnered with TV networks and producers to include educational storylines on popular TV shows to address the importance of early parental interactions with children.
Student and alumnus create earthquake warning system, Daily Trojan; October 9, 2018
After winning several competitions that have been critical to launching Lighthaus, Logsdon and Gibbons are taking their project to the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference, which serves as a platform for undergraduate and graduate students to discuss innovative ideas. If the two raise the most money in their GoFundMe campaign, they will receive an award from former president Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea.
Disruptive Solutions to Our Health Care Challenges, The Doctors Farmacy (Podcast); September 2018
I was so honored to sit down with Chelsea recently and talk about her initiatives. As vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea works alongside the Foundation’s leadership and partners to help create greater opportunities for people to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. Their projects include the Alliance for a Healthier Generation which was co-created with the American Heart Association. For more than a decade, Healthier Generation has been empowering kids to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health.
Six local schools named to the 2018 list of "America's Healthiest Schools!", FOX Carolina; September 20, 2018
Six schools in the Upstate have been named to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's list of "America's Healthiest Schools". The list, containing 461 schools, is comprised of schools that meet a rigorous set of criteria. Criteria includes serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality health and physical education and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models.
Several California Schools Recognized as Some of the Healthiest in the Country, NBC Los Angeles; September 20, 2018
The organization released a list in which 461 schools around the country were recognized for healthy practices such as offering healthy breakfasts daily, implementing wellness policies and at least 60 minutes of physical education a week.
Hillary Clinton celebrates crafts at Little Rock exhibit, Arkansas Democrat Gazette; September 17, 2018
Stephanie Streett, the executive director of the Clinton Foundation, credits Hillary Clinton with bringing more diverse artists to the White House and with spearheading the original craft exhibit. "She believed that art was a critical component of our culture, and it should be accessible to everyone," Streett said.
Students tackle pressing global challenges, UChicago News; September 7, 2018
Such social impact projects here and at universities around the world will receive critical new support starting in October when UChicago hosts the Clinton Global Initiative University. The transformative experience brings together more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, including 150 students from UChicago, to meet with topic experts, academic leaders and other influential voices.
Only in Arkansas: Clinton Center Volunteers, NBC Little Rock; September 6, 2018
Nearly 14 years ago, the Clinton Presidential Center and Library opened in downtown Little Rock. The can't miss building in the heart of the capital city has a unique feature that is often overlooked. "Every day that I walk into this building, I am just filled with a sense of awe," adds Ann Kamps, Manager of Volunteer Services at the Clinton Presidential Center.
Parents as Teachers: Another Way Funders Seek to Bolster Early Childhood Learning, Inside Philanthropy; August 29, 2018
The Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative takes a similar approach. The initiative partners with trusted messengers like pediatricians, church leaders, community-based organizations and even entertainment industry executives to deliver information about what parents should do at home to make sure kids will be ready by the time they reach school.
Three Ways To Maximize Your Impact With New Technology, Forbes; August 22, 2018
You may even see opportunities to collaborate -- after all, nonprofits aren't competitors if they're working toward complementary goals. For example, when I worked with the Clinton Global Initiative, we weren't simply a siloed branch of the Clinton Foundation. We existed as a platform for people both within and outside the greater Clinton Foundation to communicate and share resources that could leave a lasting mark on the world.
An Entrepreneur On A Mission To Help Americans Discover Superfood Moringa, Forbes; August 21, 2018
By creating partnerships with small farming cooperatives in Ghana and Haiti, private foundations like the Clinton Foundation and major retailers such as Whole Foods Market, Kulikuli created a truly sustainable and philanthropic business model.
Life Is Worth Living In Three Dimensions; Forbes, August 12, 2018
For the past six months, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in PLS, a leadership development program implemented by four presidential libraries or centers. During the program, 59 of us from different states, professional fields and backgrounds have explored leadership, history and public service while learning more about one another. The program, like a good writing instructor, has challenged us to view each other in three dimensions, consistently choosing to see each other as real people—people with depth and complication—and to entertain curiosity about that depth.
Clinton, Bloomberg, Expedia Announce Solar Projects on St. Thomas, St. John; St. John Source; August 10, 2018
The solarization project, done in collaboration with the Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Expedia Group, saw solar systems installed at the Family Resource Center on St. Thomas, St. John Christian Academy and Gifft Hill School, also on St. John. According to the Clinton Foundation, the solar panels, batteries and cost of installation are funded by the Expedia Group in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Construction for Change and the Sextant Foundation.
Clinton Calls St. Lucia ‘A Clean Energy Leader in the Caribbean’, the Voice of St. Lucia; August 9, 2018
The Vieux Fort South MP then outlined the role played by former Minister of Sustainable Development and Energy Dr. James Fletcher, in building that coalition and “with the blessings of the cabinet of ministers, enlisted the support of the Clinton Climate Initiative.”
Former President Clinton Visits UM To Discuss Initiatives For 2018 Hurricane Season, CBS Miami; August 7, 2018
Clinton noted that it takes years to recover from hurricane damage and noted that areas impacted were already suffering from widespread unemployment and have a desperate need for renewable energy.
BLOG: Bill's Library, Worth Visiting in Little Rock, NBC Little Rock; July 17, 2018
The place not only shows William J. Clinton’s era but also depicts how his wife Hillary Clinton worked for the welfare and betterment of women and children as the First Lady. In the library one can see a bicycle used by Bill. The place also shows life at the White House and some articles used by him at the White House are also kept there.
Immigration among topics Bush, Clinton mention to scholars, Assoicated Press; July 13, 2018
Bush and former President Bill Clinton spoke Thursday to graduating students of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. During a discussion before the ceremony, Clinton also warned of growing global Chinese leadership.
VIDEO: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush in Little Rock urge scholars to serve, Arkansas Democrat Gazette; July 13, 2018;
Broadening horizons, seeing humanity in the world and fearlessly forging ahead in changing times is the key to successfully living a life of service, former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton said Thursday during graduation ceremonies of the fourth Presidential Leadership Scholars Program.
Former Presidents Clinton, Bush Speak At Presidential Leadership Scholars Graduation, NBC Little Rock; July 12, 2018
The 2018 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars is comprised of doctors, veterans, corporate professionals, attorneys, public servants, educators, and more. Over the past six months, the 59 Scholars have come together to collaborate and make a difference in the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Farm to fork: Innovations reshaping smallholders’ market access, Spore; July 10, 2018
The 2018 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars is comprised of doctors, veterans, corporate professionals, attorneys, public servants, educators, and more. Over the past six months, the 59 Scholars have come together to collaborate and make a difference in the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Clinton, Bush plan joint appearance in Little Rock, Arkansas Times; July 4, 2018
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will make a joint appearance in Little Rock next week before the 59 members of the 2018 class of presidential leadership scholars.
Ask The CMO: Craig Minassian On Selling 'Good' News With Character-Driven Storytelling, Forbes; July 1, 2018
“For NGOs, storytelling often starts with thinking about and, more importantly, having respect for the story of the people an organization serves” -- Clinton Foundation Chief Communciations & Marketing Officer, Craig Minassian
Chelsea Clinton debuts 'Talking is Teaching' campaign in New Orleans, New Orleans Times-Picayune; June 21, 2018
The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital New Orleans launched the "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" campaign in partnership with the Clinton Foundation's "Too Small to Fail" initiative. The campaign involves partnerships with the Touro Family Birthing Center, West Jefferson Medical Center Family Birth Place, Children's Pediatrics Clinics and the New Orleans Health Department to share books and tips with parents about talking, reading, and singing with their children after birth.
Chelsea Clinton visits New Orleans to introduce ‘Talking is Teaching’ campaign(link is external), ABC New Orleans; June 21, 2018
New Orleans will become the 14th city in the nation to implement a local Talking is Teaching campaign, and the program is being funded through a grant of $150,000 from Kohl’s. It's a branch of the Clinton Foundation's “Too Small to Fail” initiative to raise awareness among parents and caregivers about early learning and brain development, boosting vocabulary in children.
Too Small to Fail, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, provides resources to help parents and caregivers make the most of the crucial years between birth and age 5 when children begin to develop fundamental skills like literacy and mathematical proficiency. The program also provides resources for socio-emotional development and health so children are able to productively navigate school and life. By fostering learning and emotional well-being in children, parents can lay the foundation for the type of academic excellence that often translates to financial success in adulthood.
Strive to live healthier lifestyles, Natchez Democrat; June 8, 2018
“Like most of Mississippi, Adams County is a rural county that has many health disparities due to poverty and limited access to healthy foods, physical activity, and quality primary healthcare,” a Clinton Foundation health matters initiative 2015 report states.
Petersfield High students exposed to careers in energy(link is external), Loop Jamaica; June 4, 2018
“We at the Clinton Climate Initiative were thrilled to participate in today’s session because we know that youth are the future. When the students of Petersfield High School grow into the leaders of tomorrow, they will have the power to build a future that is brighter, healthier, and more prosperous for the people of Jamaica.”
Interview With Chelsea Clinton, Raising Imagination; May 30, 2018
Through the Clinton Foundation, we have always worked on a wide-range of issues where we believe we can uniquely make a sustainable impact, and what inspires me most is meeting the people we help.
How solar emergency microgrids provide resilience to vulnerable communities, PV Magazine; May 21, 2018
On April 3, on behalf of the Clinton Global Initiative, President Bill Clinton announced the Solar Saves Lives project, a coalition made up of the Solar Foundation, Direct Relief, the Hispanic Federation, the Puerto Rico Primary Care Association Network, and New Energy PR. This group is working together to coordinate installation of solar emergency microgrids at 12 of the 62 hospitals and medical clinics in Puerto Rico.
Sneak peek: The Clintons tout "life-changing work", Axios; May 24, 2018
President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton write in a letter: “It has been a productive time for the Clinton Foundation. ... Every day, we build upon the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and that we all do better when we work together.”
Panel Of Experts Looks At The Opioid Crisis In Shelby County, Local Memphis; May 15, 2018
“We're working with folks who are broken, so we have to make sure that our system is not broken. We have a broken system trying to address broken people and that is not going to work,” said Dr. Tionna Jenkins, Senior Advisor with the Clinton Foundation
A Major Gift Underscores the Role of Childcare Providers in Early Learning, Inside Philanthropy; May 10, 2018
As evidence keeps piling up that early childhood learning is critical to the long-term development and success of kids, more foundations and philanthropists are looking for ways to give young children a boost before they start kindergarten. Some are focused on promoting pre-K programs, while others are working to equip parents to better foster early development. The Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s Talk, Read, Singinitiative fits that bill, as does the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative.
Doctor works to save youth from violence before they reach his ER, CNN; April 30, 2018
2018 PLS Scholar Dr. Rob Gore was named a “CNN Hero” last week for his work in violence-prevention in Brooklyn, NY.
Group Releases Redesigned Early-Ed. Professional Development Program, Education Week; April 27, 2018
The early-childhood initiative of the Clinton Foundation has released a newly revamped, free online professional development program designed to help teachers promote early learning.
Allison Rangolan: A Woman in Energy, Jamaica Gleaner; April 26, 2018
This is an article featuring WIRE network member Allison Rangolan. The network was launched by the Clinton Climate Initiative to address the lack of women leaders in renewable energy industries of island nations.
Three students named delegates to Clinton Foundation conference, Cornell Chronicle; April 23, 2018
Saloni Verma ’18, Kiyan Rajabi ’18 and Imani Majied ’19 have all received early-decision notification from the Clinton Foundation that they will be delegates to the Clinton Global Initiatives University (CGI U) conference at the University of Chicago in October.
The Power Of Relational Leadership, Forbes; April 16, 2018
2018 Presidential Leadership Scholar John Coleman published this article, where he recapped the 2nd module of the PLS program. This is the second article Coleman has published on this subject.
Three Ways To Craft A Nonprofit Model That Appeals To Millennials, Forbes; April 16, 2018
I once worked at CGI University, founded by the Clinton Foundation, and I learned a great deal about how the organization manages to garner the attention of young people through unique educational opportunities.
Searching For The Right Leadership Style, Forbes; April 12, 2018
This year, I’ve had a chance to reflect on this topic participating in the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program. Founded through a partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson, the non-partisan program allows participants to study history and leadership through the lens of the presidency while completing a personal project for social good.
Former US President Bill Clinton and Senator George Mitchell have been made Freemen of the City of Belfast in a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, with the Lord Mayor of Belfast telling them "our home is your home".
St. Croix Federation of Teachers to administer health screenings, Virgin Islands Daily News; April 9, 2018
Other partners providing support for the project are the Clinton Global Initiative, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, AirLink and the Seafarers Union. The effort is part of the comprehensive recovery assistance the AFT has been implementing since Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The union also plans to provide Kohler water purification systems to V.I. schools as needed.
Community Foundation of the V.I. attends Clinton Global Initiative, Virgin Islands Daily News; April 9, 2018
The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands joined more than 300 business, government and philanthropic leaders throughout the United States and the Caribbean at the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery roundtable meeting in Miami, Florida
Clinton Foundation wants Caribbean to ‘build back better’, Caribbean Life; April 6, 2018
Over six months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated some Caribbean islands, former United States President Bill Clinton has brought his foundation to Miami, proposing to “build back better” parts of the region, according to the University of Miami (UM).
Bill Clinton addresses opioid epidemic at Rx Summit, WYMY News Eastern Kentucky; April 4, 2018
Ending the third day of the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, delivered a speech to the thousands who attended the summit.
Former President Bill Clinton joins Caribbean leaders of post-hurricane relief, WSVN (FOX Miami); April 3, 2018
Former President Bill Clinton was joined by leaders across the Caribbean at the University of Miami to discuss solutions for hurricane recovery needs.
Can The Caribbean Really Begin To Lead The World On Climate Resiliency?, News America Now; April 3, 2018
Former US President Bill Clinton thinks it can happen on climate resiliency. His comments come as he formally launched his Clinton Global Initiative Post-Disaster Recovery Action Network for the Caribbean at the University of Miami Tuesday.
The hurricane-struck Caribbean is still recovering. But islands are getting help, Miami Herald; April 3, 2018
Modeled after the Clinton Foundation’s 2010 Haiti earthquake response, the initiative is aimed at helping the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands along with Dominica and other Caribbean territories obtain long-term investments to help with their recovery.
El expresidente Clinton presentará en Miami plan de recuperación tras huracanes, EFE; March 30, 2018
El expresidente de Estados Unidos, Bill Clinton (1993-2001) presentará el próximo martes en Miami la nueva Red de Acción de Iniciativa Global Clinton (CGI, en inglés), encaminada a la recuperación tras la ocurrencia de huracanes en el Caribe, informó hoy la Fundación Clinton.
Glemaud, who was born in the island’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and moved to the U.S. when he was 3 years old, visited at the invitation of the Clinton Foundation, to attend an event produced by the Haitian Action Network, an organization focused on women’s empowerment and enterprise initiatives.
Luncheon at Clinton Center will honor Maya Angelou, Arkansas Times; March 30 2018
On April 19, in honor of what would have been Maya Angelou's 90th birthday, the Celebrate! Maya Project will host a luncheon to honor the literary icon at the Clinton Presidential Center's Great Hall. Angelou, who died in 2014 at the age of 86, spent part of her childhood in the small South Arkansas town of Stamps. Her experience there formed the basis for her classic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
An 'eggs-tra' special day for patients at AR Children's Hospital, KATV Little Rock; March 28, 2018
Volunteers and staff from the Clinton Foundation teamed up with Arkansas Children's Hospital Tuesday to accomplish an 'eggs-tra' special goal -- give the patients a reason to forget they are in the hospital.
Female survivors of war: How homeless, ousted women in Uganda rebuilt their lives, The Big Think; March 27, 2018
The Big Think released a second feature on CGI U alumni Agnes Igoye last week. This video was an extra addition to a larger series produced by the Big Think showcasing some of our extraordinary CGI U alumni.
Clinton Health Matters Initiative event encourages forming partnerships to address poverty, Knox County Register Mail; March 13, 2018
The Knox County Clinton Health Matters Initiative hosted a roundtable where experts encouraged local community organizations to form partnerships so they can increase their impact when addressing poverty and other needs.
‘Blueprint for Action’ to improve health and well-being of families in San Diego, KUSI San Diego; March 12, 2018
There’s a plan to improve the health and well-being of children and families in San Diego and it’s called the “Blueprint For Action.”
KUSI was joined by Chief Executive Officer of the “Clinton Health Matters” initiative — Alex Chan — with more.
Chelsea Clinton's message to women for International Women's Day: 'We have to keep going', ABC News; March 7, 2018
Chelsea Clinton believes that women's initiatives have advanced in some ways, but there are still many women who haven't been reached. "I just think that, while we’ve made progress, we have so much work to do until every girl and every woman is protected, supported and empowered to be whatever they want to be in the world," she said.
Chelsea Clinton discusses the work of CGI U and how young people can make a difference in this video produced in partnership with the Big Think. The piece is part of a broader series featuring the impact of extraordinary CGI U alumni.
Climate change driving energy innovation, Creamer Media's Engineering News; Feburary 21, 2018
Climate change is a major driver of global energy innovation, says Clinton Foundation climate initiative senior regional manager Fiona Wilson. Speaking at the Africa Energy Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, she said climate change has not just become an environmental concern, but also an economic imperative globally.
University of Chicago to host annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting, UChicago News, February 16, 2018
The University of Chicago, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Foundation’s 11th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting on Oct. 19-21. More than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the globe will gather to discuss and develop ideas and proposals to address some of the most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges facing the next generation.
Former US President Bill Clinton Visits Dominica, US Virgin Islands, Carribbean Journal, February 10, 2018
Former United States President Bill Clinton paid a visit to the Caribbean this week, traveling to both the United States Virgin Islands and Dominica. Clinton was in the Caribbean to see first hand the islands’ recovery efforts in the wake of last year’s hurricanes.
Clinton Foundation Program Ends with Strides Made in Healthcare Access across Coachella Valley(link is external), Desert Sun; February 2, 2018
Six years ago, the Clinton Foundation came into the Coachella Valley with a plan to bring medical providers and administrators, community leaders, educators and others together and help them build a cohesive strategy for improving health and wellness in the community by establishing the country’s first Clinton Health Matters Initiative 'Blueprint for Action.'
Bill Clinton Launches Aid Effort for Storm-Hit Caribbean(link is external), Associated Press; February 1, 2018
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is going to the Caribbean to assess damage from last year's devastating hurricanes as his foundation launches an effort to help with reconstruction on the hardest hit islands. Clinton will travel next week to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica. Both places continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
Bill Clinton visits health, science programs in St. Louis, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch; November 1, 2017
Clinton stopped by three health and science programs in St. Louis that are connected to the Clinton Foundation... Gateway Elementary is part of the foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which has a goal of preventing childhood obesity and type II diabetes…After the school visit, Clinton toured a mobile grocery store in a converted city bus… Clinton also visited Girls Inc. in north St. Louis County, where the Clinton Foundation supports the Eureka! Program to offer science and technology education to girls in low-income areas.
Bill Clinton visits Northeast Florida to see how nonprofit health initiatives are working, The Florida-Times Union; October 31, 2017
Former President Bill Clinton visited Jacksonville on Tuesday, going to Orange Park Medical Center to learn more about efforts to fight opioid abuse…He met with representatives from the Azalea Project, a local nonprofit that helps pregnant women who have addictions... Clinton then shifted focus to the topic of nutrition and hunger, touring the University of North Florida’s new Center for Nutrition and Food Security. Students at the university repackage unused food and send it to Northeast Florida AIDS Network and the Sulzbacher Center.
Former President Bill Clinton visits Johns Hopkins, urges action on opioid crisis, The Baltimore Sun; October 30, 2017
Former President Bill Clinton said in a speech Monday at the Johns Hopkins University that everyone can play a part in solving the killer opioid epidemic gripping the nation... The response so far has been lacking, said Clinton, citing the more than 64,000 overdose deaths logged nationally last year, including more than 2,000 in Maryland... Later Monday, Clinton attended an event in Dundalk’s Turner Station, taking part in a ribbon-cutting for outdoor signs at the Sollers Point Library playground. The signs encourage parents and caregivers to talk to children to build their vocabulary, and are part of a “Talking is Teaching” program supported by The Clinton Foundation.
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush Bond in Conversation about Leadership, NPR; July 13, 2017
On Thursday, former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton shared a stage and their ideas on what makes a strong leader in today's world. The intimate conversation was part of the graduation ceremony for the 2017 class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program held at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.
New Report Is an Important Reminder That Little Kids Have Big Feelings, Parents; June, 2017
Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute, has released a new report on social-emotional development in early childhood. Social-emotional development is defined as a combination of relationships we share with others, plus emotional awareness and the ability to recognize, understand, express, and respond to feelings in socially appropriate ways. The goal of the report: To help parents understand and manage their kids' behavior, which as every parent knows, can be a very tall order.
How Being Athletic Totally Changed 11 Women's Lives, Refinery29; May 15, 2017
Led by the Alliance For A Healthier Generation and the Clinton Foundation, the nationwide movement is meant to "empower girls and women to move and celebrate their athleticism." Supporters are encouraged to sign the pledge to celebrate "sporty" girls and write notes to their younger selves that include what #GirlsAre to them. How the hashtag is completed is left to the individual to decide.
Editorial: We Can't Deny the Opioid Crisis , The Columbus Dispatch; April 12, 2017
The Washington Post reports colleges are being given free 40,000 doses of Narcan nasal spray, a life-saving antidote, by the Clinton Foundation and Adapt Pharma. The effort is a sign of the widening epidemic and builds on an earlier initiative that has stocked high schools across the country with more than 3,000 free doses of the Narcan spray. It has come to the point where schools and businesses are stocking Narcan, just as they keep a cardiac defibrillator on hand. As pitiful as it seems to have to stock Narcan in schools, this effort is rooted in reality.
Colleges can get free doses of naloxone for students overdosing on heroin and other opioids , Washington Post; April 10, 2017
Colleges will be able to get several free doses of a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, a sign of the widening impact of the deadly epidemic and increased efforts to combat it. The Clinton Foundation and Adapt Pharma are working together to give colleges 40,000 doses of NARCAN nasal spray, which is the only FDA-approved nasal spray and is designed to be simple enough to administer that people without medical training can provide a potentially lifesaving dose."
Clinton Foundation joins San Diego plan to help low-income youths , San Diego Union-Tribune; March 23, 2017
The Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative intends to spearhead the process of gathering the personal experiences of community leaders, nonprofit advocates and people grappling with poverty — then analyzing that input as it produces the blueprint with recommended actions.
Designer Azede Jean-Pierre Is Creating School Uniforms for Haitian Schoolchildren, New York Magazine; March 15, 2017
Haitian-born designer Azede Jean-Pierre may be an up-and-comer, but she already calls First Lady Michelle Obama and Solange Knowles fans of her structural and modern designs. Jean-Pierre is also known for using her roots as inspiration for her looks, and on a recent trip back to Haiti, she mentored local artisans about entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Clinton Foundation.
Clinton Foundation delivers health blueprint for Knox County, Galesburg Register-Mail; February 28, 2017
The Clinton Foundation recently wrapped up the first phase of its Health Matters Initiative for Knox County, and on Tuesday it presented its blueprint for how to make Knox County a healthier place to live. The blueprint outlined nine "health factor opportunities" including physical activity, substance abuse and healthy eating and food quality, and presented general goals for how Knox County can make strides in each area by 2021.
The Clinton Global Initiative Isn't Really Dead, Foreign Policy; February 6, 2017
Like so much publicity about CGI and the Clinton Foundation during the months leading up to the presidential election, however, those stories were heavy on hostile innuendo and light on basic facts. The obituaries obscured the bigger picture, showing how the ambitious enterprise had permanently changed the direction of philanthropy, both in the United States and abroad. They also missed the fact that CGI hadn’t really died.
Former President Bill Clinton Outlines Foundation's Future, Responds to Critics, Devex; February 3, 2017
In a letter introducing the annual report, former President Bill Clinton reflected on the past year and the “unprecedented attacks that were misleading or outright false” that the foundation endured. He said the attacks often came from people who didn’t understand the foundation’s work and pointed to the assessments of the major charity review organizations, which have all rated the foundation highly. But he also shared how that has helped shape the foundation’s focus moving forward.
Norhteastern to Host Clinton Global Initiative University in the Fall, The Boston Globe; February 2, 2017
Northeastern University will host the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative University in October. The event, built on the model of the Clinton Global Initiative, will bring together students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and policymakers from more than 75 countries to develop solutions to global challenges in five categories: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. The three-day conference will include more than 1,000 students, who will participate in community service opportunities throughout Boston as a part of the conference.
Chelsea Clinton Talks to R29 About What Happens Next, Refinery29; January 18, 2017
The conversation turns toward her #NewDaysresolution campaign from the alliance for a healthier generation, which encourages kids to take on goals they can achieve in a day, rather than over the course of a year. "We want young people to set goals they can really reach," Chelsea explains. "Not goals that are unambitious, but goals that are achievable. If you achieve a goal today, and a goal tomorrow, ultimately you're able to get where you need to be."
The Playground Where Babies Learn to Talk, The Atlantic; December 2, 2016
“We know this kind of interaction can really make a difference,” said Kara Dukakis, the co-director of Too Small to Fail, during a recent visit to the park around 10 a.m. on a chilly Tuesday morning. Of course, most parents know they are supposed to talk and interact with their kids, and the vast majority do on a regular basis. But, Dukakis said, some are looking for guidance on what to say and how to say it. Where a parent might typically only participate in a child’s park experience by saying “Stay where I can see you” or “Don’t climb so high,” the hope is that the panels will prompt a parent to see playtime as a time for back-and-forth conversation, also. More
How technology is attracting new capital to improve health systems, Devex; November 30, 2016
There are a number of efforts to tap into new funding streams for global health programs. For example, one of the commitments to emerge from the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in September was the Financing Alliance for Health, a partnership between governments, agencies, and organizations including Living Goods, that is designed to leverage $15 million to support approximately 5,000 community health workers. More
How the Clinton Foundation Works With the Entertainment World to Give Back, Billboard; October 27, 2016
Though the Clinton Foundation is in transition, its figurehead remains committed to the work, and the relationships he’s formed. ‘Whether it was how he incorporated music in the ’92 campaign or the really groundbreaking relationships with the entertainment business through various initiatives when he was president or the work of the Foundation, when President Clinton has a chance to bring together things that he loves – and he loves music, he loves film – being able to take the philanthropic work and do it with artists that he respects and admires, he really loves it,’ says Minassian. More
Bill Clinton on Billboard Cover: Defends Clinton Foundation, Talks Good Works With Jon Bon Jovi & Music Biz, Billboard; October 27, 2016
Bill Clinton has many friends in the music world, and some of CGI’s key ties are with musicians. The group works with Bono, Elton John and Alicia Keys to fight AIDS; with Tony Bennett to provide arts education in schools; with Sting to save the rain forest; and with Bon Jovi to fight homelessness. Clinton is particularly proud of what Bon Jovi has done and honored him with a Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in September. More
Partnerships Focusing on Rural Development, Education and Women’s Empowerment in India Launched at Clinton Global Initiative, India West; October 24, 2016
Eighteen new public-private partnerships, focusing on rural development, education and women’s empowerment in India, were launched at the 12th and final meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, which began Sept. 19 in New York City, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. More
Clinton Foundation Program an Influence on Candidate's Ed. Agenda, Education Week; October 11, 2016
At 3 years old, the initiative is young—but it has developed an extensive strategy to envelop families in the message that talking, reading, and singing to their young children, from birth, is essential. More
Chelsea Clinton’s Mission to Save the Elephant, Condé Nast Traveler; October 6, 2016
Pilar Guzmán, Editor in Chief of Condé Nast Traveler, sat down with Chelsea Clinton to learn more about the Elephants Action Network—a conservation group formed by the Clinton Global Initiative in 2013 dedicated to ending the illegal ivory trade—and why the elephant's survival should be important to everyone. More
The key question on the Clinton Foundation is whether it saved lives. The answer is clearly yes., Vox; September 22, 2016
There is little to no evidence that anyone received meaningful favors from the Clintons in exchange for donating to the foundation. There is definitely no evidence that Hillary Clinton altered her policies as secretary of state in reaction to donations…But there is considerable evidence that the Clinton Foundation has saved millions of lives. More
Clinton Global Initiative Looks at Its Work Through the Lens of Gender, Black Enterprise; September 22, 2016
Among the 3,600 Commitments to Action—commitments organizations have made to turn their good ideas into actionable plans—made through CGI so far, hundreds address education, allowing more than 52 million children to now have access to better opportunities to learn. Joslyn noted one commitment, Charge, which has 40 partners—including No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project—that are aligning efforts in regions around the world to improve girls’ access to education. More
The Clinton Foundation shows off the goods—and wow, are they good, Daily Kos; September 21, 2016
The Clinton Foundation is the real thing, with real numbers that are going to be hard to deny…The Clinton Foundation has been open, effective, and put an unprecedented effort into demonstrating results. More
Clinton Global Initiative Winds Down on a Note of Optimism, Chronicle of Philanthropy; September 20, 2016
The central message of the work has been that everyone, whether a corporate CEO, a nonprofit leader, or an individual philanthropist, has a role to play in advancing the public good, nonprofit leaders said. More
Exclusive: Airbnb, P&G, and Unilever Are Partnering With the Clinton Foundation to Invest Over $70m in Women, Fortune; September 20, 2016
The approach, announced Tuesday by Chelsea Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting in New York, enlists more than 20 partners from the corporate and nonprofit worlds to address the gaps in women’s economic progress…Fortune‘s exclusive look at the effort shows that CGI anticipates it to impact the lives of more than 900,000 people in 60 countries around the world over the next five years. More
In Tanzania, Clinton Foundation trades on maize and beans, not name., PolitiFact; September 6, 2016
The farming project in rural Tanzania is a window into the signature Clinton Foundation style that attracts millions of dollars in support on one end and creates market-driven opportunity on the other. To understand the foundation, you need to look at both. More
The Clinton Foundation Is Not a Scandal. It’s a Phenomenal, Life-Saving Success., Slate; August 25, 2016
[The Clinton Foundation] is the source of salvation for millions of people. The Clintons’ AIDS relief work is humanity at its best. And the smear campaign against their charity is politics at its absolute worst. More
What the Heck Does the Clinton Foundation Actually Do?, Inside Philanthropy; June 23, 2016
But one question that gets surprisingly little attention is the most basic: What does this place actually do?... The Clinton Foundation is best understood as an umbrella entity that is carrying out several very different missions. More