On Monday evening, Hillary Clinton gathered about 100 of her top donors and longtime supporters at the St. Regis in New York to talk about her future. No, no, she’s not running for anything, but Clinton turns 75 on Wednesday, and the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state wanted to convene her network to say thanks and rally the troops ahead of the final sprint before Election Day. She was described to me by attendees as upbeat and enthusiastic.
Clinton, though, has also been thinking about what’s next for herself—and there is a new project on the horizon. She has been pitching donors on a new philanthropic entity called the Hillary Rodham Clinton Leadership Project, I’m told, which will be housed at the Clinton Foundation. The new Clinton initiative will both highlight what Clinton has already done, particularly for women around the world, and serve as a new home for Clinton to talk about her own philanthropic work going forward—on democracy, global health and leadership development.
Clinton does a lot of fundraising for her existing entities, such as Onward Together, her 501(c)4, its associated 501(c)3 foundation, and I’m told that Clinton’s 2016 finance chief Dennis Cheng has also been raising money to beat back litigation from Donald Trump and John Durham. But Hillary will now have a trademark philanthropic project within the foundation that, after all, was originally founded by her husband (it was retitled in 2013 to include her name). To that end, in early December, Hillary is bringing her network to Little Rock for a new Women’s Voices Summit.