Who are we?

The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) 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, health 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 the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants Program.

CLF has deep roots in Rihanna’s longtime commitment to philanthropy.

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What do we believe?

We believe the right to education is a weapon against injustice and inequality, and the right to health is a necessity for happiness and productivity. 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.

What can we do?

We tackle these issues in two ways: through local innovative education projects, and connecting with global partners, advocacy groups, decision makers, and philanthropists.


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