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September 25, 2015

Foundation Happenings, Brought to you by Donna Shalala


This blog is part of a series where Donna Shalala, President of the Clinton Foundation, shares updates on Clinton Foundation programs.


There are a lot of ways we could describe the work we do here at the Clinton Foundation. From tackling issues of climate change, to preventing disease and advancing health and wellness, or empowering the full participation of girls and women, we’re helping people lift themselves out of poverty and improving lives worldwide.

Our approach is unlike any other — rooted in partnerships that are redefining the future of impact for generations to come. By bringing corporations, nonprofits, and businesses to the table, we’re helping to form powerful partnerships that address some of the world’s most pressing issues in a way that is — as we like to say — faster, leaner, and better. President Clinton calls this “creative cooperation,” and he believes it’s the best way to move forward in our complex world. I couldn’t agree more.

As the Foundation prepares for the 11th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, we will see this “creative cooperation” on display in innovative and bold new ways. CGI is not only a marketplace for ideas, but a catalyst for meaningful Commitments to Action. CGI’s impressive, life-changing commitments illustrate the collaborative mindset of our staff and the incredible work that takes place year-round here at the Foundation.

As the meeting gets underway, be sure to stay tuned to our blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more information on the incredible work of CGI. In the meantime, I’m proud to share some updates on the work of our partners and programs from September:


Clinton Global Initiative’s 11th Annual Meeting Kicks off this Week

From September 26 to 29, more than 1,000 influential global leaders will convene in New York City to discuss and build “The Future of Impact.” But the conversation starts now. We’ve teamed up with GOOD Magazine to hear your vision for “The Future of Impact.” Share your idea here and it could be featured at the Annual Meeting. Already, the CGI community has turned more than 3,200 ideas into action in the form of commitments that have improved the lives of more than 430 million people in more than 180 countries. That’s more than 46 million children with access to a better education; more than 2.7 billion metric tons of CO2 cut or abated; more than 27 million people with increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation; and so much more. And this is just the beginning.


Clinton Health Matters Initiative Has a New Program in the Coachella Valley

On August 22, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s (CHMI) Community Healthy Transformation program in Coachella Valley launched a 9 City Wellness Challenge, which will run through October 17. In collaboration with the United Way of the Desert, Wellable and the Desert Sun, CHMI is encouraging citizens to join the Wellness Challenge, earning daily points for physical activity, good nutrition and water consumption. Participants can sign up here take part in the Challenge. 


Too Small to Fail Expands its Focus to Include Early Math

On September 16, Too Small to Fail announced that it is expanding its focus on early language and brain development to include early math through two new partnerships with Zero to Three and Highlights. Too Small to Fail will distribute a new suite of resources, including 3 videos and a bilingual (Spanish/English) math kit with a parent booklet, matching cards game, activities, and poster for parents to use with their children. These materials will help parents turn everyday moments with their children into language-rich interactions about early math concepts. Visit the new math resources page here. Volunteers assembled 2,000 of these kits along with tip sheets, books, and other resources on the same day at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s annual conference in San Francisco, to local underserved families. See photos from the event here.


#Commit2Ten with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

On September 1, the Alliance officially launched #Commit2Ten, a month-long campaign to spread the word about the lack of physical activity across the country and to inspire Americans to get moving. As part of this effort, Chelsea Clinton and Susan Spencer, Editor in Chief at Woman’s Day talked about new data released by the Alliance and the important role that parents play in getting their kids to be more physically active. To date, more than 750,000 additional minutes of physical activity have been pledged. Celebrity voices include Russell Westbrook, Bonnie Bernstein, Jillian Michaels, Joy Bauer, and Rachael Ray.


We’re #NotThere Yet on Gender Equality

This September, No Ceilings launched a digital awareness campaign to commemorate the 20th anniversary of U.N. World 4th Conference on Women and the Beijing Platform for Action. In partnership with MTV’s Look Different campaign, #NotThere encouraged young Americans to learn the facts and inspire action for the next generation through a series of thought-provoking graphics. In an interview with MTV News, Chelsea Clinton discussed sexual assault, gender-based violence, and women missing in leadership roles – subjects that were emphasized throughout the campaign. The campaign unfolded on various social media channels online. Additionally, we featured inspiring stories that give us hope for the future of gender equality on our blog. And don’t forget to check out, which was named as a finalist for Fast Company’s 2015 Innovation by Design Awards!


Clinton Presidential Center Highlights Community Art

On September 12, the sidewalks around the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock became a larger-than-life canvass as they hosted the 9th annual Thea Paves the Way community art project.  The Thea Foundation is an Arkansas-based non-profit organization that helps students find confidence, self-worth, and perspective through arts-related creative expression. More than 500 participants created chalk masterpieces as they enjoyed music and live entertainment. 


Clinton Climate Initiative Represents at the Women in Solar Energy Conference

On September 15, CCI’s Director of Resilient Communities, Leslie Labruto, was a keynote speaker at the Women in Solar Energy Conference in Anaheim, California, part of the largest solar conference in the world. During her talk, Leslie discussed the importance of increasing the representation of women in government and business to drive performance, as supported by data. She emphasized the need to increase the number of women in ministerial positions, since currently 16 of the 34 OECD countries are failing to meet a 30 percent benchmark of women in lower houses of government and parliament positions. Leslie added that only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, highlighting the need for changes in corporate culture to enable women to advance to positions of leadership within their companies.