Clinton Foundation has been on the watch list of Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator that helps donors choose the charity deserving of donations. Charity Navigator has put the foundation on its watch list after taking into consideration various media reports exposing the controversy behind the Clintons’ supposedly philanthropic activities.
Clinton Foundation ‘has atypical business model’
Bill, Hillary and Chelsea’s foundation has been on Charity Navigator watch list as early as March, as first seen by The New York Post.
A quick verification conducted by Morning News USA found that the organization’s main purpose is to rate and keep in its database the charities that donors can trust and support. A charitable institution will then be listed on its watch list if Charity Navigator “becomes aware of conduct that may affect a donor’s decision to support the charity.”
The organization determined that the Clinton Foundation has an “atypical business model” that “can not be accurately captured in our current rating methodology.”
The organization’s decision to add a foundation to its watch list is influenced, among others, by “a media outlet, nonprofit expert or other third party evaluation (typically other than a governmental or criminal justice system entity) reports on a charity’s improper conduct or operations after performing its own independent investigation.”
The organization cited a report from The Wall Street Journal saying that former Clinton administration cabinet secretary, Donna Shalala, will take over as head of the foundation. It has also taken into consideration a report from Politico saying that a $500,000 donation from the Algerian government did not comply with the ethics agreement set forth by the State Department. The incident happened as Clinton was being sworn in as secretary of state.
The organization has also taken into consideration a report from The Washington Post saying that the foundation was able to raise approximately $2 billion worth of foreign donations.
The organization, however, reserved the right to remove a charity from its watch list after it found that the issues surrounding the charity in question were resolved.
“Our removal of The Clinton Foundation from our site is neither a condemnation nor an endorsement of this charity. We reserve the right to reinstate a rating for The Clinton Foundation as soon as we identify a rating methodology that appropriately captures its business model.”
Clinton Foundation Commits to Transparency and Honesty
In the wake of all the controversy surrounding the Clinton foundation, Maura Pally, acting CEO and vice president of the foundation, announced a renewed commitment to transparency and honesty.
“Today, our donor disclosure and foreign government contributor policy is stronger than ever. Since Secretary Clinton decided to run for President, we have committed to disclosing all of our donors on a quarterly basis. In addition, we announced that we will only accept funding from a handful of governments, many of whom the Foundation receives multi-year grants from, to continue the work they have long partnered on,” Pally wrote.
As for the issue surrounding the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada), Pally explained that under the Canadian law, all charities are prohibited from disclosing individual donors without prior permission from each donor. With regard to the foundation’s 990 tax forms, Pally explained that the only error was that the government grants were mistakenly combined with other donations.
“We made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them, and have taken steps to ensure they don’t happen in the future. We are committed to operating the Foundation responsibly and effectively to continue the life-changing work that this philanthropy is doing every day,” she wrote.
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