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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.

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

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Viewpoint: It's time to seek common ground rather than differences in politicsAustin Business Journal; February 19, 2017
Last week, sixty individuals, as diverse as could have been selected, joined together as the 2017 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars at our first module in D.C...As our communities continue to further divide and as we see a side of our country that is often hard to recognize, we must learn to work together and disagree with each other. The two are not mutually exclusive. We have to learn to celebrate compromise and empathy instead of division and anger.

Chelsea Clinton: How Small Steps Can Make a Big DifferenceMogul; February 3, 2017
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Rosie Rodriguez, director of Philanthropy at The Lower Eastside Girls Club and a founding member of the Clinton Foundation’s 20/30 Network – our program to engage young professionals in our work and inspire them to take action in their own communities. We spoke at a Clinton Foundation Day of Action this week in service of our early childhood initiative, Too Small to Fail, which aims to help parents across the country turn everyday moments, like bedtime, mealtime or diaper time, into learning moments.

Six CGI U Alumni Names '30 Under 30'Medium; January 4, 2017
This week, Forbes' annual 30 Under 30 list recognized some of the most ambitious and innovative young leaders who are making a positive difference in fields ranging from healthcare to renewable energy. We're proud to say that six CGI U alumni are featured as part of this year's class.

Howell Wechsler: How to Leave a Positive Imprint on Your Child's HealthMedia Planet; December 31, 2016
While parents lay the foundation for their children's health, it takes everyone in the community - from teachers to business owners - to create environments where children truly thrive."

The Potential Victims of This Shameful Political Race Extend Far beyond America’s ShoresHuffington Post; October 27, 2016
There are tens of millions of people in the developing world whose lives have been directly touched and supported by public and private aid from America. No matter how long the dark shadow of this year’s presidential election is cast, it is important the good work done by successful and highly accountable groups such as the Clinton Foundation does not meet a sad demise. Too much has been accomplished to stop now. More

Donna Shalala: Improving Opportunity and Lives: The Clinton Foundation’s Impact Across the United StatesMedium; October 4, 2016
The Clinton Foundation also works across the United States to improve health and wellness in our schools and communities, give parents the tools to stimulate brain development in early childhood, strengthen our economic competitiveness, provide opportunities to volunteer and give back, and continue President Clinton’s legacy through the Clinton Presidential Center and Library in Little Rock. More

Derek Yach: How the Clinton Global Initiative Changed the World by Changing Corporate PhilanthropyTriplePundit; September 21, 2016
Few global platforms can claim to have the direct and indirect impact of the Clinton Global Initiative. As I and other leaders from the private sector depart CGI’s 12th and final Annual Meeting later this week, the important work and impact of our commitments will continue. Doing well by doing good – and valuing the integration of both business purpose and societal gains – is now an unstoppable force in best business practices and in modern philanthropy. More

As the Clinton Global Initiative opens its final annual meeting, Zainab Salbi lauds its visionNew York Times; September 19, 2016
Though I am saddened that this year marks CGI’s last Annual Meeting, I trust that the community it has built and the impact of their work will endure…Over the years, CGI’s event became the marketplace for innovative solutions, for meeting inspiring people who are making real difference, and hammering out plans to effect tangible, measurable change in the world. More

Nancy Brown: Schools Can Become Healthier Quickly; Roosevelt DidHuffington Post; September 6, 2016
Administrators already were interested in the Healthy Schools Program offered by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization founded by my organization, the American Heart Association, and the Clinton Foundation. Reynolds led the way, taking smart steps such as: Junk food went out, a salad bar eventually went in; Health lessons became part of the curriculum; PE classes went from infrequent to a district-best 30 minutes per day; not surprisingly, their students’ success in state fitness testing soared. More

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