William Jefferson Clinton was elected President of the United States in 1992, and again in 1996 – the first Democratic President to be awarded a second term in six decades. President Clinton’s core values of building community, creating opportunity and demanding responsibility resulted in unprecedented progress for America, including moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses.
After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation. The mission of the Clinton Foundation is to strengthen the capacity of the people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. The foundation is focused on four critical areas: Health and Security, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS; Economic Empowerment; Citizen Service; and Racial, Ethnic and Religious Reconciliation.
In September 2005, President Clinton hosted the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). CGI is a non-partisan catalyst for action, bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Nearly 300 commitments were made to improve the lives of people living on 6 continents, with private corporations and non-profit organizations pledging almost 70% of all commitments, which are valued in excess of $2.5 billion.
President Clinton also works through the Clinton Foundation Urban Enterprise Initiative to help small businesses acquire the tools they need to compete in the ever-changing urban marketplace.
Following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, President Clinton and former President Bush led a nation-wide fundraising effort and established the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to assist survivors. This campaign was the second collaboration for the former presidents, the first being their work on relief and recovery following the Indian Ocean Tsunami. President Clinton also serves as Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, as appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2005.