NOVEMBER 14, 2006 - Posted at 7:39 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former President Bill Clinton says one of the pleasures of non-profit work can be putting people of diverse viewpoints, or at least their money, together on the same project. He told a philanthropy group yesterday at Little Rock that his climate-change initiative was being funded by Barbara Streisand and Rubert Murdoch. Clinton said it was probably the first thing the actress and the chief of Fox News have ever done together.
Clinton says he remembers when he realized he had made the shift from a world leader to a philanthropist. Clinton recalled that he was shaving one day when he looked at himself in the mirror and thought, "My God, I've become an NGO." NGO is shorthand for non-government organization.
Clinton spoke to a crowd of 300 people gathered at his presidential library for the Slate 60 conference, celebrating the on-line magazine's list of the nation's top 60 charitable contributors. Clinton said the world has become more interdependent and has allowed private individuals to change societies in ways that weren't possible in past years.