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This Week: Clinton Foundation Updates

Clinton Foundation CEO Kevin Thurm provides updates on the work of the Foundation’s programs.

Things happening the week of October 15, 2018:

  • This weekend, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will convene the 11th annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) at the University of Chicago and will be joined by Secretary Clinton. At the meeting, more than 1,000 student leaders will come together to develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges including hurricane recovery, expanding civic participation, gun violence, and youth incarceration. Learn more by reading our press release here or through this article from UChicago News. You can also learn more about some of our amazing CGI U alumni through a Twitter thread from Secretary Clinton here.
  • The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI)’s Alexis Tubb will be among several speakers, including the Prime Minister, who are participating in a ceremony in Jamaica to celebrate the commissioning of the solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed by Solar Head of State (SHOS). SHOS works to install solar PV systems on the heads of state executive residences to showcase the benefits of clean energy, symbolize their country’s and their leader’s commitment to clean energy, and create a global coalition of green leaders committed to championing solar power. CCI assisted this installation by introducing SHOS to the Government of Jamaica, facilitating discussions between both stakeholders, and acting in a technical advisory capacity since 2015.
  • Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) Malawi director, Austin Ngwira, is in Tanzania preparing for the upcoming season by having discussions with key community groups on the selection of Hub farmers. These farmers will serve as main points of contact for CDI staff, who will help determine the ability of farming communities to improve the quantity, quality, and consistency of crop production for the markets, a critical component to the success of CDI’s community agribusiness approach.

Highlights from the week of October 8, 2018:

  • As part of Too Small to Fail’s community health work, Chelsea Clinton joined leaders and staff to announce the “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” early literacy campaign at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco. The announcement comes following the release of a new study which shows the campaign, originally launched at the hospital in August 2016, helped boost key early literacy skills in young children who receive primary care at the hospital’s outpatient pediatric clinic. More from the San Francisco Chronicle’s article here. You can also see a tweet from Chelsea Clinton here.
  • Last Friday, October 12, on the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death, Richard Socarides, a White House Special Assistant to President Clinton in 1998, reflected on this tragedy and President Clinton’s remarks on it. Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming, was brutally beaten and killed in 1998 due to his sexual orientation. Shepard’s murder renewed the push by lawmakers, including President Clinton, to extend federal hate crime legislation to include gay individuals, women, and people with disabilities. Please click here to read the full post.
  • In advance of this weekend’s Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in Chicago, the Development team launched a fundraising campaign in support of CGI U’s year-round programming for student social entrepreneurs and innovators. The campaign’s goal is to spotlight, and encourage donations to, the program. Over the next several weeks, the campaign will feature the profiles of three program alums — Ryan Ubuntu Olson, Ximena Murillo, and Daquan Oliver — who will share their CGI U stories. Learn more about this campaign at
  • The Clinton Presidential Center (CPC) was one of the sponsors of the World Woman Summit 2018, an event that aims to accelerate leadership among women. Held in the Great Hall at the CPC, the event brought together a diverse range of key influencers from the worlds of business, entertainment, science, and technology and featured keynote conversations, panel discussions, and one-on-one interviews. Keynote speakers included Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and Ingrid Vanderveld, CEO, Empowering a Billion Women by 2020. Clinton Foundation executive director Stephanie S. Streett delivered the closing remarks.
  • The Alliance for a Healthier Generation — in partnership with Laureus USA and Red Nose Day in School — launched #ReimagineRecess, an educational digital marketing campaign that challenges the conventional perception of recess. The campaign prompts users to think of recess as an opportunity for kids to develop critical social-emotional skills that will positively affect them in the classroom and in life. Now through October 26, users can visit to build their custom recess guide, choosing where they will have their recess, what game they will play, and what they want their recess to teach. After completing the quiz, participants can then enter a social media photo contest showing how they “reimagine recess” for a chance to win $2,500 from Laureus USA to purchase recess equipment for their school.

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2018-10-16T11:28:06-07:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Nonprofit News|