On Thursday, September 13th, fashion and entertainment royalty arrived to New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street in support of mega star Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation for the Fourth Annual Diamond Ball.
They came all the way out and dripping in fabulousness! But, outside of supporting the mogul who’s given us enough anthems to get us through any marathon, beat our faces to a pulp with Fenty Beauty, gotten us uber sexy with SavagexFenty and her amazing Fenty collabo with Puma, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) has an incredible cause that will benefit from the Diamond Ball.
Founded in 2012 and named in honor of Riri’s grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, the foundation focuses on education, health and emergency response programs around the world with newest projects in Malawi. The website states that they “believe in the right to education as a weapon against injustice and inequality, and the right to health as a necessity for happiness and productivity.”
CLF was featured in a July 2018 Forbes article, “How Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation is Changing the Emergency Response Model.”
The piece noted that at the Forbes Impact Summit on June 13th the foundation’s Executive Director, Justine Lucas, announced that CLF had launched a $25 million emergency response philanthropic fund earlier that month to coincide with hurricane season. Especially with recent conversation about emergency response and the impact of natural disasters on infrastructure, access to medical care and life itself, CLF’s approach to disaster relief spot on.
I’m sure we all remember when hurricanes like Katrina, Sandy, and Maria hit and the earthquakes hit Haiti. There were a number of fundraisers that came after the disasters by different organizations in order to raise funds and in-kind (needed products) donations to help in the recovery efforts. There was redundancy of efforts, much-needed items that took time to get to the areas in need and the time it took to raise the funds caused delay in aid. But, what if we anticipated the needs of the people where these disasters would hit? What if we looked at the problems that could arise and have the funds ready to go faster? And, had access to disaster relief funds before donor fatigue sets in or before another natural disaster hits? That’s where CLF is changing the game.
Timing is one of the biggest challenges in emergency response, as people don’t often think about disaster relief until the disaster has already occurred. Our new approach shifts that timeline, moving away from reactionary fundraising to a proactive, sustainable model that addresses both immediate and long-term needs,” says Lucas.
“CLF will establish “partnerships for preparedness” with suppliers to provide water, generators, temporary shelters, food, hygiene products, solar lamps and other necessities and plan to preposition supplies strategically before the disaster occurs. Their goal is to issue grants to organizations within 48-hours of the disaster and to foster long-term support that prioritizes sustainability, women and girls and creating models for future response. The funds will be invested in a diverse portfolio, and they will regularly measure and report on the return, risk and responsible investing impact of the portfolio. – Forbes (see link above)
This is just one of the programs that The Clara Lionel Foundation does to support people across the globe through investment in innovative local projects and advocacy. At its core, following is CLF’s focus:
The Clara Lionel Foundation:
A voice for education.
All kids deserve equal access to education. Together we can make real change in education for children all over the world.
For more information about the Clara Lionel Foundation, go to www.claralionelfoundation.org