Clinton Foundation in Negotiations to Transition Initiatives

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has been in discussions with partner organizations about taking over its international programs should Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton be elected president, Clinton Foundation president Donna E. Shalala said last week in a letter to philanthropic leaders.

The letter highlights several announcements the foundation has made over the last two months regarding the decision to no longer hold annual meetings of the Clinton Global Initiative and CGI America, irrespective of the election results, as well as changes to be implemented should Hillary Clinton be elected president. Potential changes include former President Bill Clinton resigning from the foundation's board and the foundation no longer accepting foreign and corporate donations and spinning off or transitioning to partner organizations those initiatives that receive support from donor governments' bilateral aid programs.

The two largest international programs, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, would be spun off as separate nonprofit organizations. Currently an affiliated entity of the Clinton Foundation, CHAI would become a fully independent organization and drop "Clinton" from its name, with all Clinton Foundation appointees to the board, including Bill and Chelsea Clinton, resigning.

"While plans are still in development for the remaining programs of the foundation that would need to be transitioned, we are making good progress," wrote Shalala. "We have been in initial discussions with partners who might potentially take over these programs. Our concern for the people we serve has been the most important factor in our transition process."

Programs that the foundation will continue to focus on include the Clinton Presidential Center and Library in Little Rock; the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership with the American Heart Association; and domestic programs to combat childhood obesity, address the opioid epidemic, reduce the prevalence of preventable diseases, and improve early childhood brain development.

Shalala told the Chronicle of Philanthropy that she has been in communication with some foundation peers, who have been "very supportive." While the foundation would be required to become a different operation under a prospective Hillary Clinton administration, "[t]here will still be a robust, dynamic Clinton Foundation."

"Clinton Foundation President Donna E. Shalala’s Letter to Colleagues in Philanthropy." Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation Letter 10/14/2016. Megan O’Neil. "Clinton Foundation Chief Lays Out Changes in Letter to Peers." Chronicle of Philanthropy 10/14/2016.