Who We Are

The Clara Lionel Foundation was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.

CLF supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education 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 primary and secondary education programs in Malawi, Barbados and Senegal, emergency response programs in the Caribbean and across the globe, and the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program.

CLF has a deep history of giving, rooted in Rihanna’s long-standing philanthropic journey.

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What We Believe

We believe that every child, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to fulfill her potential. We are not just another foundation; we are teachers and students, advocates and allies, working to improve the quality of life for communities across the globe.

How We Work

We believe in the power of having local impact. We take care to tailor our approach to address the unique needs of the communities in which we work, while also working strategically to address issues and challenges at a global level. We know that this work will take all of us, which is why we bring together partners—from governments to corporations to individual leaders—to address gaps collaboratively.


When the issues are this important, every voice makes a difference.