Viewpoint: The Impact of a Clinton Presidency on Philanthropy Could Be Huge
Even before her primary victories yesterday, Hillary Clinton had locked up the Democratic nomination for president. Historic? You bet. For the first time ever, a woman will be a major party’s nominee for President of the United States. But the nomination of Clinton may also be a historic event for philanthropy.
As we’ve noted before, if Clinton wins the White House, she’ll enter office with more understanding of philanthropy and nonprofits than any president in history. But of equal or greater significance may be the new attention her presidency could bring to gender equity within philanthropy, making it a priority like never before.
Clinton has been attuned to nonprofit work on gender and family issues for some 45 years. Marian Wright Edelman, the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, was an early mentor. Clinton served as board chair of that organization for six years, from 1986 to 1992, giving her a first-hand understanding of nonprofit management and fundraising. From 1987 to 1991, she was the first chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, which was created to combat gender bias in the legal profession.
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