This Week: Clinton Foundation Updates

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

What to look for the week of November 19, 2018:

  • The Clinton Presidential Center (CPC) will announce the details of its annual “Ideas Matter” scholarship essay contest. This contest encourages Arkansas high school students to turn their good ideas into action to confront some of today’s most pressing challenges. The winner of the essay contest will receive a $2,500 college scholarship.
  • In Malawi, the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) is working toward completing the distribution of high-quality seeds to farmer clubs through input loan packages. These loans help farmers build a credit history by letting them repay the loans with seeds or grains instead of cash. This 2018–2019 planting season, CDI will distribute 172 metric tons of high-quality soybean seeds to 1,921 farmer clubs through the loan program. To date, distribution has been completed for 980 out of the 1,921 farmers clubs. The complete distribution is on track to finish by November 23, ahead of the start of the planting season. Access to high-quality seeds is essential for farmers to produce higher yields and generate more income.

Highlights from the week of November 12, 2018:

  • The Clinton Foundation and the Solar Foundation, in partnership with the Municipality of San Juan, officially kicked off the first phase of their solar power and energy efficiency project at the Plaza del Mercado de Río Piedras in San Juan, which is the largest produce market on the island of Puerto Rico. The project will provide a consistent energy supply and backup power to over 190 small business owners who operate at the market. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) are project managing the initiative, which includes the replacement of 700 lights at the market with LEDs. Four news outlets published articles about the initiative, including Solar Builder Magazine, Solar Power World, Solar Novus Today, and Caribbean Business Journal.
  • The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) celebrated five years of community health transformation work in Houston and Harris County, Texas with a reception attended by partners including the City of Houston, American Heart Association, Greater Houston Health Connect, and the Institute for Spirituality and Health. CHMI then released the close-out report for the region which highlighted the impact of key projects such as ETHAN (Emergency Telehealth and Navigation), a collaboration launched in 2014 among CHMI, Verizon, and the City of Houston to divert non-emergency 911 calls to primary or urgent care physicians, and the Food for Change Scholarship program, which is a joint effort launched in 2016 among CHMI, the Houston Food Bank, Rice University, and community colleges to provide a sustainable amount of groceries through a food scholarship program to students pursuing degrees at participating colleges. CHMI will stay engaged in Houston through continuing programming focused on providing technical guidance and support to faith-based leaders in the region on how to address substance use disorders within their congregations and communities.
  • The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), in partnership with the Clinton Presidential Center, Arkansas Department of Health, and Interfaith Arkansas, held its second opioid meeting with faith leaders in Little Rock. The meeting — part of CHMI’s ongoing effort to engage the faith-based community in the response to the opioid epidemic — brought together leaders representing seven different faith traditions for a screening and discussion of the PBS NOVA series documentary “Addiction.” This documentary explores the disease of addiction, how it’s impacting our nation, and ways to address it ranging from embracing evidence-based treatments to rethinking public policies. As this initiative moves forward, these faith leaders throughout Little Rock will focus on advancing strategies to strengthen the community’s prevention, treatment, and recovery resources. Finally, to help promote the work that CHMI has begun in Little Rock, CHMI presented on this initiative at a statewide event sponsored by Interfaith Arkansas. The event brought together faith leaders, community-based organizations, and the Arkansas Drug Director for a discussion on the faith communities’ response to the opioid epidemic.
  • On November 15, in partnership with Sleep Number, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation launched its Sleep Smarter. Perform Better. digital resource center to raise awareness about the importance of improving child and youth sleep. The resource center was launched because nearly 70 percent of adolescents get insufficient sleep — seven hours or less on school nights. Children and adolescents who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior that impair academic achievement. Visit the Sleep Smarter. Perform Better. digital resource center, created and designed by Healthier Generation, which includes research graphics, activities, tip sheets, and more.
  • The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) co-sponsored the Latin American Impact Investing Forum (FLII) conference in Antigua, Guatemala. FLII is one of the most important social entrepreneurship and impact investing gatherings in Latin America. CGEP’s Eric Carroll was the moderator of two panels, one focused on the challenges and opportunities for NGOs in the impact space, and the other focused on examining the types of public and private partnerships and interventions needed to promote the sustainability of smallholder farmers’ practices and connection to larger market systems.
  • The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI)’s Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Mentor Network held the second online meeting of the new cohort of mentors and mentees. The virtual discussion focused on preferred mentorship methods, systematic time management approaches, the importance of a strong work/life balance, and the environmental and social considerations of renewable energy development. At the next meeting in January, the mentees will be discussing their progress on individual Commitments to Action, and their goals to positively impact their own communities.
  • The Clinton School of Public Service announced that it has committed to a $5,500 CGI U Alumni Scholarship, which will be awarded to a CGI U alum who is admitted to its Executive Master’s in Public Service program, an online degree designed for young professionals who are passionate about developing public service solutions in a world of need. This scholarship will support the continuing education efforts of former CGI U commitment makers who desire to work full-time and live anywhere in the world while pursuing a master’s degree. The scholarship will be awarded to a CGI U alum admitted into its March 2019 cohort, and the deadline for applications is December 1, 2018. More information about the program can be found here.