The Gist

What Does the Charity World Think of the Clinton Foundation?

What kind of rep does it have in philanthropy, and does political power warp the giving economy?

Hillary and Bill Clinton attend the Clinton Global Initiative’s 10th Annual Meeting on Sept. 24, 2014, in New York City.

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The Clinton Foundation is a superstar in the world of philanthropy—is it OK that it leverages power and celebrity to achieve its mission? On The Gist, two experts disagree.


Kenneth Stern, former CEO of NPR, sheds no tears for the Clinton Foundation. He thinks vanity-giving helps inferior charities persist. Stern is the author of With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give. His company has done work for the Clinton Foundation.

Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, says the Clinton Foundation uses its political heft for good. She adds that the most ambitious charities in the U.S. were started by titans of industry seeking to improve their reputations.

For the Spiel, a few choice words about Rudy Giuliani.

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