Clintons to match charitable donations

Greg Nash

Former President Bill Clinton plans to personally match donations made to his foundation through the remainder of the year, according to an email pitch from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“With so much work to be done across all of our projects, Bill has decided to personally match every tax-deductible donation to the Clinton Foundation until the end of 2013,” Hillary Clinton wrote.

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The former first lady said the donations would support work “to prevent babies from contracting HIV; reduce childhood obesity; and promote new research on the science of children’s brain development, early learning, and early health.”

“We have big plans for 2014,” she said.

In fact, those plans include deciding whether Clinton will mount a 2016 presidential campaign, she told ABC’s Barbara Walters last week.

“I will look carefully at what I think I can do and make that decision sometime next year,” she said.

“It’s such a difficult decision, and it’s one that I’m not going to rush into, and I don’t think we should be looking at the next election.”

In the interim, however, the Clintons are looking to burnish the endowment of their foundation, so the organization can live on after they are no longer available to help fundraise — an issue that could become more pressing were Hillary Clinton to mount a presidential bid.

According to The Washington Post, the Clintons hope to fund a $200-$250 million endowment for the Clinton Foundation. Those close to the family told the paper they hope to conclude the fundraising push before any political campaign.

“It’s the optics of it — it would be horrible,” said one Clinton Foundation fundraiser. “They just want to get it done to give her the option so if she wants to run, the foundation is taken care of.”

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