Clinton Foundation [to 21 February 2015]

Editor’s Note:
A series of articles and opinion pieces this week – primarily in the Wall Street Journal – have addressed the mix of donations to the Clinton Foundation from corporations and foreign governments. We include this content below (subscription required) and Clinton Foundation responses.

Wall Street Journal
2/19/2015
Politics and Policy
Clinton Foundation Rethinking Foreign Donations
Family’s charities will reconsider overseas contributions if Hillary Clinton runs for president
Hillary Clinton’s Complex Corporate Ties
The Clinton Foundation and other family charities have collected donations from companies Hillary Clinton promoted as secretary of state.
Kim Strassel: The Clinton Foundation Super PAC
It’s past time to drop the fiction that the Clinton Foundation is a charity.

02/18/15
Clinton Foundation Defends Acceptance of Foreign Donations
The Clinton Foundation defended its practice of accepting donations from overseas governments.

02/17/15
Opinion
Foreign Government Gifts to Clinton Foundation on the Rise
Donations from foreign governments raise ethical questions as Hillary Clinton ramps up her expected bid for the presidency

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Statement from the Clinton Foundation
Statement
19 February 2015
Like other global charities, the Clinton Foundation receives support from individuals, organizations and governments from all over the world. Contributions are made because the Foundation’s programs improve the lives of millions of people around the globe. The Clinton Foundation has a record of transparency that goes above what is required of U.S. charities. This includes the voluntary disclosure of contributions on the Foundation’s website. Should Secretary Clinton decide to run for office, we will continue to ensure the Foundation’s policies and practices regarding support from international partners are appropriate, just as we did when she served as Secretary of State.

Blog: Bringing People Together to Find Solutions
Robert Harrison
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Global Initiative Share
19 February 2015
The Clinton Foundation works across the globe to expand opportunity and help millions of people live their best life story. The work of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), one of the Foundation’s initiatives, helps bring people together from the public sector, the private sector, and civil society to address today’s great global challenges. We do this because it’s increasingly clear that in our interdependent world, sustainable positive change depends on creative collaboration between partners from different sectors.

As part of their participation in CGI, members make “Commitments to Action” to address challenges of their choosing in ways that are new, specific, and measurable. Recently, a Wall Street Journal article questioned the work of some CGI members and their motivations.

Here are the facts: since CGI was created in 2005, CGI members have made nearly 3,200 commitments to improve more than 430 million lives in 180 countries. These commitments are helping address issues such as climate change, economic development, global health, access to education, and the empowerment of women and girls…

…Many of the corporations named in the Wall Street Journal article have partnered with non-profit organizations, other corporations, and public sector entities on Commitments to Action that are making a huge positive impact. In fact, a recent survey of all CGI commitments revealed that partnerships across sectors often increase the likelihood of a project achieving its objectives. CGI members have formed partnerships that have made tremendous impact – for example, improving educational opportunities for 36.5 million people; expanding access to capital for 3.1 million people; and increasing opportunities of various kinds for 2.8 million women and girls.

This is the story the Wall Street Journal missed – the positive impact that members of CGI are having on millions of people worldwide and the evolution of the conventional philanthropic model over the past decade to a dynamic ecosystem that now promotes creative collaboration across antiquated divides. We are grateful to our members, who take on complex problems and often provide life-changing solutions.

At the Clinton Foundation, we often say “No one has all the answers, but we can bring together people who can find them.” That is the approach we take through CGI – to connect partners across sectors so they can leverage their expertise and resources in the most effective way, for the largest positive impact. This is what enables us to make a difference in so many people’s lives.