“You’ve become a powerful force in the fight to give people dignity”Barack Obama about Rihanna
Before launching the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) in 2012, Rihanna demonstrated an unrelenting giving spirit from the outset of her career. That commitment runs even deeper as the icon continues to leverage her influence to address a diverse group of global issues.
Today, CLF supports groundbreaking and effective education, health and emergency response programs around the world. With the voices of Rihanna and her fans, CLF also engages in global advocacy with the goal of improving the quality of life for young people everywhere. Current programs include the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants Program.
Partnership with GPE
Rihanna formed a partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and international education and advocacy organization, Global Citizen in 2016, to tackle the global education crisis on a broader scale through advocacy. In the lead up to headlining the annual Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, she called on her fans to ask the Canadian and French governments to increase their commitments to education. As a result of these efforts, Canada pledged to invest $20 million in the Education Cannot Wait fund.
In January 2017, she traveled to Malawi in her role as Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education and in partnership with Global Citizen to spend time with key educators, government officials, mentors, and students who are working collaboratively to build a better future for the next generation of Malawians.
The Believe Foundation
Rihanna’s philanthropic journey began in 2006 when she founded the Believe Foundation at just 18-years old. The goal of the organization was to help terminally ill children by providing critical, emotional, educational, financial and medical support. Over the ensuing years, she performed a series of charity concerts on behalf of the Believe Foundation. Through generous support from sponsors and advertisers, Rihanna’s free A Girl’s Night Out concerts provided medical and school supplies as well as toys. Rihanna has supported DKMS, an organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders by helping to find bone marrow donors for patients in need of transplants. She was honored by the organization in 2011 for her efforts.
The singer’s indelible footprint in the fashion world has also helped boost awareness for the battle against HIV/AIDS. In 2008, Rihanna joined a handful of public figures in designing a clothing line for H&M’s Fashion Against AIDS charitable project. A percentage of the proceeds from the line are donated annually to Designers Against AIDS and YouthAids. To date H&M Fashion Against AIDS has raised more than $10 million.
Rihanna for Fashion Against AIDS
She was also at the helm of two Viva Glam lipstick campaigns with MAC, the first of which raised $60 million in 2013 to benefit women and children living with and affected by the disease.
Over the past five years, Rihanna’s charitable impact has encompassed a vast international scope. She has served as ambassador for UNICEF’s Tap Project, which raises funds to bring clean water and sanitation to children around the world. She has also made generous donations to the Food Bank For New York City in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy as well as to UNICEF’s “There for the Philippines” campaign to support survivors affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
In 2008 she performed the original song “Just Stand Up!” with 15 other female artists live during the 2008 “Stand Up to Cancer” television special. All proceeds from the single benefited cancer research and the special helped raise over $100 million. Performing at the House of Blues in Los Angeles in 2012, she helped raise money for the Children’s Orthopedic Center and the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital L.A. In addition, Rihanna has supported various other foundations and campaigns. Among them: the Alzheimer’s Association, City of Hope, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Grammy Foundation, Live Earth, Hope for Haiti Now, Kids Wish Network, MusiCares, Red Cross, Cartier Love Charity Campaign and Chime for Change.
In 2012 she purchased modern radiotherapy medical equipment to install in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Center was later renamed the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine in honor of Rihanna’s late grandmother.
Clara Lionel Foundation – projects
CLF supports and funds groundbreaking education and emergency response programs around the world. Since 2012, they have funded over 45 projects and committed over $7 million in grants.
Climate Resilience and Emergency Preparedness
Clara Lionel Foundation is bridging the humanitarian and climate sectors to alleviate poverty and build communities of resilience.
Climate change is resulting in an increase in natural disasters globally. That means more people at risk, particularly vulnerable communities, and economic damage in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Rather than simply respond, they are harnessing the power of philanthropy to help more communities prepare and withstand disasters.
CLF’s goal is to transform the Caribbean, through strategic projects and partnerships, into the world’s first climate resilient zone based on a new model that can be replicated and scaled to enable other high-risk regions around the world to be better prepared to withstand extreme weather events. CLF’s hope is that other organizations and multi-sector actors will adopt this model.
CLF believes in the right to education as a weapon against injustice and inequality, and that every child, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to fulfill her potential.
With more than 263 million young people not in school globally, a significant part of a generation is at risk of getting left behind. As one of the most basic building blocks of a better future, access to quality education is not only a basic human right, it is a critical component of a foundation for a more productive and happier life.
Current programs include primary and secondary education programs in Malawi, Barbados and Senegal, as well as the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program.
CLF supports a variety of special projects including the foundation’s inaugural project, The Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Barbados.
The Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Barbados was established in 2012 with a $1.75M investment in QEH’s first modern radiotherapy machine, the Equinox External Beam Therapy System as well as additional radiotherapy equipment. Today, CLF is collaborating with QEH around the long term sustainability of the center as well as supporting the pediatrics unit.
Given that Rihanna’s grandmother Clara Braithwaite had cancer herself, it was important that the Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine be the inaugural project for CLF. The goal of the center is to help improve the lives of the people of Barbados by providing the highest quality cancer treatment possible.
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