The Clinton Foundation

When President Clinton left the White House in 2001, he knew he wanted to spend his life as a private citizen working in the areas he cared about most and where he could make a measurable difference. His vision: a nongovernmental organization that could leverage the unique capacities of governments, partner organizations, and other individuals to address rising inequalities and deliver tangible results that improve people’s lives. 

At the International AIDS Conference in 2002, the prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis asked President Clinton to help build a health care system that would address the pressing HIV/AIDS pandemic. At the urging of Nelson Mandela, he began the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, which is now named the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to improve global access to care and treatment.

During the same time CHAI began its work, President Clinton established his post-presidential office in the iconic neighborhood of Harlem in New York City, where he saw a great opportunity for his Foundation to help empower local small business owners.

Board of Directors

The Clinton Foundation's Board of Directors governs the work of the Foundation. Our Board shapes the Foundation's direction through its mission, strategy, budget, and key policies; ensures that the leadership, resources, and finances in place match the Foundation's vision; and monitors and improves the performance of the organization. The Foundation Board meets formally three times each year, as well as between the regular meetings as needed to conduct the Foundation's business.

Over the next decade, the Foundation continued to expand its reach and impact, building on past successes and applying the same business-oriented approach to tackle other pressing challenges. While some initiatives blossomed from President Clinton’s commitment to specific issues — like climate change through the Clinton Climate Initiative — others were inspired by life-changing events.

In 2005, after President Clinton underwent heart-bypass surgery, the Foundation joined with the American Heart Association to form the Alliance for a Healthier Generation with the goal of ending the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.

Based on a proven record of results, two other initiatives — the Clinton Development Initiative and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership — were launched in conjunction with partners who knew the Foundation could effectively allocate financial resources and implement programs to catalyze sustainable growth in Africa and Latin America.

After a lifetime of attending meetings where issues were discussed but no action was taken, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) began in September 2005 to convene world leaders, forward-looking CEOs, and philanthropists to commit to take action on pressing global challenges. Members of the CGI community have made more than 3,600 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.

In 2010, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) became a separate nonprofit organization. Though the organization initially focused on increasing access to HIV/AIDS treatment, CHAI has expanded its work to increase access to treatments for malaria, diarrhea, tuberculosis; increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health care systems; accelerate the rollout of new vaccines; and improve maternal, newborn, and child health.

In 2012, building on the Foundation’s work of improving global health and fighting childhood obesity, the Foundation launched the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States. By developing and implementing a variety of evidence-based individual systems, and investment strategies, the initiative works to promote healthy lifestyles across all generations and reduce health disparities among communities.

Building on President Clinton’s longstanding commitment to Haiti from during his presidency, the Foundation has been actively engaged in Haiti since 2009. Following the 2010 devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Clinton Foundation deployed resources to help with immediate and long-term relief and assistance. And at the request of President Obama, President Clinton joined with President George W. Bush to establish the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which supported highly effective organizations on the ground in long-term rebuilding efforts. In 2011, the Clinton Foundation refocused its efforts in Haiti from emergency relief to long-term development and strategic planning, and today puts emphasis on private sector investment, job creation, capacity building, and economic development.

In addition to these initiatives, the Clinton Presidential Center, in Little Rock, Arkansas, supports the mission of the Foundation. The Center is also home to the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, the first school in the nation to offer a master’s degree in public service. Both the Center and the School are inspiring others to follow in the Clintons’ legacy of service.

In 2013, the Foundation was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation in recognition of Secretary Clinton’s and Chelsea’s contributions and to acknowledge their role in shaping the Foundation.

What began as a vision to lower the prices of HIV/AIDS medicines has evolved into one of the fastest-growing NGOs in the world. The Clinton Foundation wasn’t built overnight, and our successes aren't the result of the Clintons' work alone. The Foundation creates partnerships of great purpose to deliver sustainable solutions that last and transforms communities from what they are to what they can be.  


We believe that the best way to unlock human potential is through the power of creative collaboration. That's why we build partnerships between businesses, NGOs, governments, and individuals everywhere to work faster, leaner, and better; to find solutions that last; and to transform lives and communities from what they are today to what they can be, tomorrow.

Everywhere we go, we're trying to work ourselves out of a job. Whether it's improving global health, increasing opportunity for girls and women, reducing childhood obesity and preventable diseases, creating economic opportunity and growth, or helping communities address the effects of climate change, we keep score by the lives that are saved or improved.

What began as one man's drive to help people everywhere grew quickly into a foundation committed to helping people realize their full potential. Because the best thing we can do together is give others the chance to live their best life stories.

We're all in this together.

Speeches for the Clinton Foundation

In addition to contributions and grants, listed here, speeches by President, Secretary, and Chelsea Clinton have helped support the implementation of the Clinton Foundation’s work around the world. 

See footnotes for specific attribution of each speech.

Amount: $500,001 to $1,000,000

DMC Communications Ltd. on behalf of All Ireland Scholarships#
Leaders and Company Ltd. (THISDAY Newspaper Group)#

Amount: $250,001 to $500,000

Beijing Huaduo Enterprise Consulting Company Ltd.#
Business for Change Events#
Carlyle Investment Management, LLC+
China Real Estate Development Group, Ltd.#
Citibank, N.A.+
Colgate University+
Fundacion Telmex+
Goldman, Sachs and Co.+
Hamilton College+
JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.+
Korea Economic Daily#
Ministry of Energy, Thailand#
Qatar First Investment Bank#
Tanmiah Commercial Group#
UB Foundation Activities, Inc.+
University of California Los Angeles+
U.S. Islamic World Conference#
World Celebrity Golf Ltd.#

Amount: $100,001 to $250,000

Altria Sales & Distribution#
American Neurological Association#
Association for the Development of the National Opera#
Atlantic City Hilton#
Bank of America Merrill Lynch#
Boys and Girls Club - Long Beach+
Brainwave Communication#
Butler University#
Catholic Family Counseling Centre#
Carlyle Investment Management, LLC#
Charles Schwab Institutional#
Chicago House+
Colgate University#
Credit Suisse Financial Services#
DePauw University#
Drug Chemical and Allied Trades Association, Inc.#
Edson Queiroz Foundation - University of Fortaleza#
Gap Inc.#
Guilford College#
Hamilton College#
Hofstra University#
HSM Americas, Inc.#
HSM Deutschland GMBH#
Hult International Business School#
India Today#
National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation#
Public Counsel+
Public Counsel#
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. LLC#
Simmons College+
State University of New York at Albany#
Temple Law School#
The Power Within, Inc.#
The Power Within, Inc.#
TJ Martell Foundation#
Tufts University#
University of California Los Angeles#
University of Connecticut+
University of Judaism#
University of Miami+
University of Rochester#
UNLV Foundation+
UNLV Foundation#
Vancouver Board of Trade#
Xinjiang Hualing Industry & Trade (Group) Co., Ltd.#
Zero Emission Resource Organisation^
Zhong Lu Corp#

Amount: $50,001 to $100,000

American University - Kennedy Political Union#
Canadian Friends of Hebrew University^
CB Richard Ellis, Inc.#
Chicago House#
Collinson Media and Events^
Drew University#
Global Artist Co., Ltd.#
Global Artist Co., Ltd.#
Global Artist Co., Ltd.#
Global Artist Co., Ltd.#
Global Artist Co., Ltd.#
Habitat for Humanity of Greater San Francisco^
HubSpot, Inc.^
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County^
Metro Parent Publishing Group#
Minneapolis Jewish Federation^
Novo Nordisk Saglik Ürünleri Tic. Ltd.#
Rehab Foundation#
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles^
University of Florida#
University of Missouri - Kansas City^

Amount: $25,001 to $50,000

Organization Corporation#
Global Artist Co., Ltd.#
Relativity Media, LLC^
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding#
TD Bank on behalf of OneXOne Charity#
University of Iowa#

Amount: $10,001 to $25,000

American Israel Public Affairs Committee#
Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation^
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation#
United Jewish Appeal - Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc


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