By Carla Marinucci
San Francisco Chronicle.
Carly Fiorina is ruling out a return to California to run again for the U.S. Senate, but she’s not ruling out a future White House bid — and it’s clear she hasn’t given up campaigning for issues she cares about.
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO’s latest drive is as board chair of the nonprofit Good360.org, which bills itself as the world’s largest product philanthropy group, a kind of “eBay of charitable giving” that matches corporate donors that have excess inventory with charities providing disaster relief.
Fiorina says the Ebola crisis in West Africa is such a disaster. “Our goal is to encourage corporations to step up — and they will, when they have a mechanism” to get their goods to areas in need, she said Monday in an interview with The Chronicle.
“Money is fine, but money actually isn’t what these people need right now,” Fiorina said. “They need more medical personnel to go into these afflicted areas, but people will be reluctant to do that unless they’re protected.”
So Good360.com is seeking corporate donors that can donate a range of medical goods, from gloves and gowns to stretchers and even, “sadly, body bags,” Fiorina said.
“What the Ebola crisis requires is material, and that’s what we do,” she said. “We have the tech platform to match needs to goods” through partnerships with firms like Home Depot, “and we have the means to deliver the goods” to medical personnel in Africa, thanks to help from firms like UPS, she said.
Fiorina’s work on behalf of Good360.org is just one of her major charity activities. She’s still involved in her own Fiorina Foundation, which supports education and business efforts around the globe with seed investments, and she chairs the board of Opportunity International, which has loaned $6billion, mostly to women, in micro-financing around the world.