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William J. Clinton Foundation releases donor list: Gates, Chicago's Fred Eychaner major givers


WASHINGTON--Former President Clinton's global foundation released a list of donors through 2009 on Friday, New Years Day and posted the names on its website.

The biggest donor is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, contributing more than $25 million. Major Chicago givers includes media magnate Fred Eychaner (range only listed, between $10 million and $25 million) and the family foundation funded by businessman J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K. (range somewhere between $1 million and $5 million.)

below, foundation release.....

William J. Clinton Foundation Publishes Names of 2009 Contributors on Foundation Website

Ninety percent of 2009 contributors make small gifts to sustain Clinton Foundation work.

New York, NY - The William J. Clinton Foundation today published its list of 2009 contributors, with gratitude for the contributions which continue to sustain the work of the Foundation and its charitable initiatives.

In 2009, these initiatives - the Clinton Global Initiative, the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative, the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, the Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - addressed pressing global challenges in the areas of climate change, health care, and economic development. The Foundation also continued to work alongside the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, which the Foundation funded the construction of and turned over to the people and government of the United States in November 2004.

"I am deeply grateful to the many generous contributors who made it possible for my Foundation to accomplish so much in 2009, including increasing the number of people on lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment, helping cities reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and inspiring millions of children to lead healthier lives," President Clinton said. "I am especially touched that even in the midst of a global financial crisis, more than 17,000 individuals made contributions of less than $250 each, proving that small gifts can make a huge difference to improve the lives of others around the world. I look forward to doing even more together in 2010 and in the years to come."

The Clinton Foundation has received contributions of all sizes, from people of all means. Over the life of the Foundation, the median gift amount has been $50. In 2009, more than 90 percent of gifts (from 19,047 contributors) are valued at $250 or below, with 11,839 individuals contributing for the first time. Since 1997, 160,247 individuals have made contributions to support and continue the important work of the Clinton Foundation.

All contributions to the Foundation continue to make the following accomplishments and ongoing work possible:

* Securing over 1,700 Commitments to Action valued at $56 billion which have positively affected more than 220 million lives in 170 countries;
* Helping 2 million people living with HIV/AIDS get the medicines they need to survive;
* Assisting 40 of the world's largest cities to take concrete steps in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions;
* Working with more than 7,000 schools and empower more than 2.2 million young people in the United States to lead healthier lives;
* Enabling sustainable economic growth in Latin America through programs to strengthen child nutrition, entrepreneurship and access to health care, including providing resources for more than 1,500 cataracts surgeries and more than 1 million nutritious meals to schools children;
* Assisting the governments of Rwanda and Malawi to strengthen farming, water, and sanitation, and health care
* Expanding opportunity for domestic businesses by increasing access to low-cost financial services and empowering entrepreneurs through business-to-business mentoring.

The list of contributors through 2009 is published today on the Foundation's website at

The Clinton Foundation has disclosed its 2009 donors in accordance with the memorandum of understanding agreed to with the Obama Administration to ensure that not even the appearance of a conflict of interest exists between the Clinton Foundation's work and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's service. President Clinton's efforts are unprecedented and go above and beyond what the law requires and are intended to allow the important work of the Foundation to continue.

About the Clinton Foundation
President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation in 1997 with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. To advance this mission, the Foundation works with like-minded organizations and forms partnerships with national and local governments around the world to make an immediate and measurable impact in several areas, including bringing HIV/AIDS care and treatment to underserved populations, developing sustainable economic growth in Africa and fighting global climate change. The Clinton Global Initiative brings together a community of leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. In the United States, the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity and is helping to expand economic opportunity for families and individuals. In 2007, only 2.6% of Clinton Foundation expenses went to management and administrative costs.



True words, some authentic words man. Made my day!

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