Mobilizing for Impact: The Clinton Global Initiative

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Posted on 9/16/2013
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The Clinton Global Initiative convenes every September to tackle the world's most urgent problems.

The Clinton Global Initiative was established by former President Bill Clinton in 2005 as part of the Clinton Foundation's humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. Every September, members of the CGI convene to discuss ways to solve the world's most urgent problems, and as the members prepare to gather in New York City for this year's event, September is an ideal time to consider the challenges that affect children in developing countries. ChildFund shares many of the same concerns as the CGI, particularly the ways that poverty places children at serious disadvantage now and later in life. You can help us fight child poverty.

Global Reach

To date, the CGI has made over 2,300 commitments to help end poverty and contributed to other causes that have positively impacted the lives of more than 400 million people. These commitments range from small, non-monetary projects to large commercially supported undertakings, and many are the result of cross-sector partnerships between private organizations and nonprofit groups. Previous commitments have included initiatives to promote access to IT education for young women in Rwanda, projects to provide hundreds of families in rural Mali with enriched rice to bolster regional food security, and efforts to increase malaria prevention programs across Zambia. Although some of these projects have yet to be fully funded, when they achieve their financial goals, these commitments will total more than $73 billion, demonstrating the power of large-scale humanitarian action.

Many of the world's largest companies are actively involved in supporting these initiatives, including Cisco Systems, Ericsson and Western Union. The scope and focus of these projects spans a wide range of areas in which ChildFund works, such as providing food to children in need across Africa to expanding access to education in Asia.

This year's annual meeting will take place Sept. 23-26, and ChildFund President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard plans to attend. Goddard regularly writes about topics relating to poverty and ChildFund's work at her Disrupting Poverty blog on Tumblr. She often provides a firsthand view of the effects of poverty through her travels and shows how ChildFund's projects directly improve the lives of children and their families.

Get Involved

You don't have to be the CEO of an international organization or a world leader to make a difference. ChildFund operates in some of the world's poorest countries, and many of our initiatives are directly supported by our donors and child sponsors.

Becoming a monthly giving partner is a great way to positively impact the lives of families living in poverty around the world. Our Essentials for Survivals fund provides families with food, clothing, clean drinking water and medical supplies where the need is greatest, and without the support of our donors, we couldn't help as many families.

Alternatively, becoming a child sponsor is another way you can reach out to a family in need. For just $28 per month, or $35 per month to sponsor a child in the United States, you can provide food, medicine and access to education to a child living in poverty. Your generosity will make a world of difference in the life of a child, so please consider becoming a child sponsor today.