Despite the uncertainty surrounding the following the 2016 presidential election, Bill Clinton has indicated that the foundation will be looking to expand its impact in 2017 and beyond.
In a letter accompanying the foundation's 2016 , which highlights the foundation's many activities and achievements over the last fifteen years, Clinton noted that the organization would continue its efforts to combat childhood obesity and improve health across the United States, expand its initiative, and increase its focus on leadership development and public service through its and programs. The foundation also plans to continue its economic development work in several African nations through the , increase support for climate change mitigation through the , and focus on as a cross-cutting priority area.
"Clearly, we live in a world facing new manifestations of the old idea that our differences are more important than our common humanity," wrote Clinton. "Therefore, those of us who believe in a future of shared opportunities, shared responsibilities, and inclusive communities should redouble our efforts to build up the positive and reduce the negative forces of our interdependence."
As was planned irrespective of the election outcome, the — which brokered "commitments" designed to address global challenges from political, corporate, and philanthropic leaders and celebrities — has been shut down. The foundation also previously announced that, in the event Hillary Clinton were elected president, it would no longer accept foreign donations and that the and (CHAI) would be spun off. According to the letter, CGEP will be spun off into an independent entity, while the foundation's work in Haiti will be spun off under the with the support of the .
CHAI, a separate but affiliated entity with health programs in seventy countries, has put the changes it had planned to make on hold, the reports. "None of it's resolved," said co-founder and CHAI board member Paul Farmer. "Knowing what to do in this climate is a tough call."
The Clinton Foundation itself has considered scaling back other efforts, the Times reports, while staff members have prepared options for Bill and Chelsea Clinton to consider that include a number of new endeavors. Foundation president Donna Shalala acknowledged that the foundation's revenues — which fell from $338 million in 2014 to $299 million in 2015 — were down again in 2016, attributing the decline in part to voluntary restrictions and the fact that Bill and Chelsea Clinton, the foundation's primary fundraisers, were busy campaigning. During the campaign, political opponents of Hillary Clinton criticized the foundation for its dealings with foreign donors and financiers while she served as secretary of state, even though no evidence of a quid pro quo ever surfaced.
"At the end of the day," said Shalala, who noted it was unclear how long she herself would continue to serve as the foundation's president, "I think this is going to be as it always was: a creative, dynamic foundation that helps to improve the lives of millions."