Former president Bill Clinton concluded his fourth annual philanthropy conference Friday by joining actor Matt Damon and rap artist Wyclef Jean in announcing about $100 million in recovery aid to hurricane-ravaged Haiti.
The Haiti aid was one of the most significant announcements during a conference in which Clinton said hundreds of philanthropists, corporate chiefs and world leaders committed about $8 billion to initiatives that could affect 158 million people.
About 20 organizations came together in pledging a combined $100 million toward improving education, health care, nutrition and business opportunities in Haiti, a Caribbean nation devastated this summer by a succession of four hurricanes. Clinton, who took a personal interest in Haiti when he and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), honeymooned there, likened the country to the South Asian region laid to waste by the 2004 tsunami and said he would seek additional funds in coming weeks.
Jean, a Haitian native, said his foundation would provide thousands of meals for hungry families, microenterprise grants for businesses and seeds, fertilizer and training for farmers. Damon's ONEXONE foundation said it would raise at least $3 million for local nongovernmental organizations in Haiti.
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie did not attend the initiative but called Clinton on Friday morning and said they would help rebuild 12 schools in Haiti, as they have been doing in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina three years ago.
"All this materialized in one month, and it shows you what we can all do if we work together," Clinton said. "This is the beginning."
Matt discussing Americans abroad; early travels with his mother to Mexico and Guatemala, and the Presidential election and fighting poverty, including commending the candidates and their wives for their commitment to fighting poverty worldwide.
So in the aftermath of the Emmys, which rewards stars for talent (or the lack thereof), here's a list of awards for the nicest and ickiest people in Hollywood, based on solid and reliable information from people who have been up-close-and-personal enough to know.
Most down to earth: Matt Damon
"Even before he became a big star, he was the nicest guy," says someone who has worked with Damon in both his pre-and-post fame days and who's been fishing with him. "And after he became huge, nothing changed. He's still the nicest, nicest guy."
Matt Damon says, "Paul Newman called me up and to me, I’d sell used cars if he asked me to."