Feb 11
February 11, 2016

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. View the previous entries here.

Everybody has a story. And at the Clinton Foundation, our goal is to empower people to write a better story – to imagine a different future and to live out their dreams.

Our 2015 Impact Report, released this month, showcases one of these powerful stories from each of our programs. From teaching women in Haiti the basic and financial literacy skills they need to participate in their economies to providing millions of children across the country with access to nutritious foods, we’re helping people and communities build stronger, healthier, and more resilient futures.

I hope you check it out and share it with your friends. For now, here are some recent updates from the programs that make these stories possible:

Celebrating Progress with McDonald's

On January 19, McDonald’s announced progress on their 2013 CGI Commitment to Action with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to increase customers’ access to fruit and vegetables and provide customers a choice of a healthy side as a substitute for French fries in value meals. Since the commitment launched, McDonald’s has reached nearly 2 billion sales of fruit and yogurt sides in its Happy Meals.


On January 24–25, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative brought together 450 leaders in healthcare, public policy, business, technology, education, and professional sports for its fifth annual Health Matters Summit. Plenary discussions focused on the quest for longevity, addressing health disparities through technology and innovation, the inclusion of girls and women in sports to improve their health, and how communities are developing scalable solutions. Read more #HealthMatters2016 highlights.

Giving Back With Day of Action

Before the Health Matters Summit officially kicked off, I hosted a Clinton Foundation Day of Action at La Quinta High School, where more than 75 students, teachers, and parents came together to cultivate a community garden and prepare and donate 150 healthy meals. The Day of Action program – founded in 2012 by Chelsea in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – has mobilized more than 5,600 volunteers to perform more than 24,000 hours of community service around the country.

Making Play Time Talk Time

On January 28, Too Small to Fail launched a new “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” themed playground at Jackie Tatum/Harvard Park in South Los Angeles. This launch is part of Too Small to Fail’s CGI Commitment to Action with playground developers Shane’s Inspiration and Landscape Structures to prompt parents to talk, read, and sing with their young children while visiting the playground.

CGI Winter Meeting

On February 4, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) hosted the 2016 Winter Meeting, marking the start of its 12th year. The event kicked off with a one-on-one conversation between President Clinton and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and chief executive officer of Chobani and founder of Tent Foundation, about how partnerships can support broadly shared prosperity, with a focus on refugees. President Clinton also announced this year’s Annual Meeting theme, “Partnering for Global Prosperity,” which focuses on multi-sector partnerships of purpose that drive action worldwide.