Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have announced the launch of the Biden Foundation, a charitable organization committed to advancing rights and opportunities for all people.
Building on the Bidens' previous work in government and the private sector, the foundation's priority areas will range from shaping foreign policy, advancing the Obama administration's "moonshot" cancer initiative, and supporting community colleges and military families, to protecting children, ensuring equal rights for all, ending violence against women, and strengthening the middle class.
Former Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Valerie Biden Owens, Mark Gitenstein, Mark Angelson, and Jeffrey Peck will serve on the foundation's board, while Louisa Terrell will serve as executive director. Initial funding for the foundation comes from private donations, including gifts of between $500,000 and $1 million from the Bohemian Foundation, Scott Miller and Tim Gill, Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, and Peter and Georgia Angelos. To be headquartered in Washington, D.C., the foundation does not and will not accept contributions from foreign citizens, organizations, or governments.
"We look forward to this new chapter where we will continue our work to ensure that everyone — no matter their income level, race, gender, age, or sexuality — is treated with dignity and gets a fair shot at achieving the American dream," said the couple in a statement. "That's why we are honored that a group of long-time friends and supporters have begun the work of founding the Biden Foundation to build on our lifelong commitment to issues that have always motivated us."