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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;

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.

The Seychelles May Soon Be Powered By Floating Solar Panels Courtesy Of The Clinton Foundation; June 18, 2019; Forbes

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.

Tim Duncan teams up with the Clintons to bring children's education initiative to Virgin Islands, June 5, 2019; Yahoo

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;

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.

Arkansas black mayors talk election, job ahead, February 26, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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.

Clinton Center to explore impact on Mississippi River, February 11, 2019; KARK

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 visits Balboa Park for panel on collaboration to help vulnerable children, February 7, 2019; San Diego Union-Tribune

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

Clinton Presidential Center shares history of 'The Mighty Mississippi', February 7, 2019; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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.

A Day of Action: Clinton Foundation, Arkansas Foodbank Helps People Impacted by Government Shutdown, January 31, 2019; KARK

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.

Churches needed to help stem opioid crisis, December 15, 2018; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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.

Chelsea Clinton leads students in South Side day of action on global forum's last day, Chicago Tribune; October 21, 2018

On the final day of the weekend long CGI University program, created in 2007 to engage student leaders on college campuses around the world, the problem-solvers gathered for a day of action at the XS Tennis Village in Washington Park. To date, the foundation has hosted 32 days of action in the U.S. and abroad.

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.

Speaking In Miami, Bill Clinton Emphasizes Public-Private Partnerships For Hurricane Recovery, WLRN/Miami Public Radio; August 7, 2018

The event, organized by the Clinton Global Initiative and hosted by the University of Miami, aimed in part to introduce people working on hurricane recovery projects to potential funders. Those projects are helping Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Antigua & Barbuda and Dominica build back stronger after last year’s devastating hurricane season.

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.

Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail Initiative Promotes Early Childhood Development with Free Educational Resources and Programs(link is external),; June 19, 2018

 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.


Our home is your home: President Bill Clinton and Senator George Mitchell receive Freedom of City of Belfast on Good Friday Agreement anniversary, Belfast Telegraph; April 10, 2018 

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.

Designer Victor Glemaud Returned Home to Haiti With the Clinton Foundation—And Photographed the Trip for Vogue,Vogue; March 30, 2018 

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.

A new generation of leaders for new global challenges | Clinton Global Initiative University(link is external),The Big Think 

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. LouisSaint 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 workingThe 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 crisisThe 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 LeadershipNPR; 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 FeelingsParents; 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 LivesRefinery29; 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 SchoolchildrenNew 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 CountyGalesburg 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 DeadForeign 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 CriticsDevex; 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 FallThe 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 BackBillboard; 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 BizBillboard; 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. AgendaEducation 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 ElephantCondé 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 GenderBlack 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 goodDaily 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 OptimismChronicle 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 WomenFortune; 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

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