Hillary Rodham Clinton fired off an end-of-the-year fundraising solicitation to supporters of her family’s charitable foundation – and she offered an intriguing pitch.
Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, will personally match every tax-deductible donation collected between now and Dec. 31, dollar-for-dollar.
“We have big plans for 2014,” the former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate wrote Monday in an e-mail to supporters.
Clinton detailed her three top priorities at the Clinton Foundation – Too Small to Fail, an initiative to encourage more parents to prepare their young children for school; No Ceilings, a program to help women and girls achieve “full participation in every aspect of our society”; and economic development programs to help young people get the skills they need to find good jobs.
“Across all our initiatives, we’ll be helping more people in more places solve problems and seize opportunities faster, leaner, and better,” Clinton wrote.
Foundation officials did not respond immediately to questions about Bill Clinton’s offer to match money raised in the final week of the calendar year. The former president, after 13 years on the paid speaking circuit, has become a millionaire many times over.
Both Clintons, as well as their daughter, Chelsea, have been active on the fundraising circuit this year, wooing donors to give millions of dollars to the recently rechristened Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
The Clintons have hosted glitzy donor events in New York, London, San Francisco, Washington and other major cities to raise money for the operating budget, which has been increasing as the foundation broadens its focus from the causes Bill Clinton embraced – combating AIDS, climate change and global poverty – to those championed by his wife and daughter.
The Clintons also have quietly begun a high-dollar endowment drive, with the declared goal of $200 million to $250 million, to ensure that the foundation lives on after the former president’s death.