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Obama Announces Chicago Summit As Donors Contribute to Foundation

Obama Announces Chicago Summit As Donors Contribute to Foundation

The Obama Foundation announced this week that it will host its second Summit next month in Chicago. Former President Barack Obama will attend and speak at the event which, for the first time, will bring together participants across the Foundation’s inaugural programs: Obama Foundation Fellows, Scholars, Africa Leaders, Community Leadership Corps members, and representatives of the Global Girls Alliance and My Brothers’ Keeper Alliance communities. The Summit will bring together community leaders from around the world -- from diverse backgrounds and with different points of view -- to advance the conversation about what community leadership in action means today. The theme of this year’s Summit, which takes place November 18th-19th, is “Common Hope. Uncommon Stories” -- a recognition that everyone wants a better future for our communities, even if there are many ways to seek it. News of the Summit comes as seven new donors gave the Foundation between $10,000 to $100,000 to the foundation, either in cash or as a pledge. Among the donors is the foundation representing basketball player Steph Curry and his wife, author and television personality Ayesha Curry. And for the first time, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation also gave to the Obama Foundation. The Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation, which represents Chicago real estate billionaire Neil Bluhm, gave more than $1 million, and Jon Shirley, the former President of Microsoft, and his wife, Kimberly, gave more than $1 million in the third quarter too. In addition, there were two donors -- the Goldman Foundation and the Jewish Communal Fund -- that had contributed money in the past and bumped up their donations to put them among the million-dollar givers. More here.

Bob Menéndez Beefs with State Department Over Nominees 

Bob Menéndez Beefs with State Department Over Nominees 

Julián Castro “Likely” to Run for President in 2020

Julián Castro “Likely” to Run for President in 2020