Posted 8/19/2013 12:00 am
A New York Times article last week directed attention to change — some of it uncomfortable — within the Clinton Foundation.
Arkansas Business was one of the first media outlets to take note of what was — at least, for Arkansas — a major shift: the replacement of Arkansan and Bill Clinton confidant Bruce Lindsey of Little Rock with Eric Braverman, formerly of McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm based in New York. Clinton stressed that Lindsey remained a vital part of the organization, but it was hard not to see the development as an erosion of Arkansas influence.
Earlier this year, the foundation announced that President Clinton’s wife, former U.S. Secretary of State (and potential presidential candidate) Hillary Clinton, had joined the foundation and that the nonprofit would now be known as the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. And a foundation spokesman told Arkansas Business that Chelsea, a vice chair of the board, was becoming more involved in the organization.
The foundation wisely is seeking to prepare for the day when its founder is no longer around. Nonprofits whose work and, particularly, fundraising depend on the efforts of their founders can face difficulties when those founders die. The Clinton Foundation’s important contributions in the areas of health and wellness, economic development and the environment should continue.
To that end, we offer our two cents (fully aware of the value of our opinion):
Chelsea Clinton is a native Arkansan, born and, mostly, raised here. She combines those accidental virtues with a good education and broad experience of the wider world. She appears to have inherited the fierce intelligence of both her parents, as well as the grit of her mother and the compassion of her father. We hope she continues to stay involved in leading the Clinton Foundation. We even hope that she considers making it her life’s work, a boon to the world but also to the state that has been so much a part of her family’s life.