From the very beginning, President Obama has asked all Americans to join him in the work of expanding opportunity in a global age, improving the health of our families; protecting our children from the dangers of climate change; and looking beyond military force alone to promote peace, justice, and dignity throughout the world. Above all, he asked each of us to do our part to make real America’s founding promise, that we are all created equal and free.

Together, we have made extraordinary progress in meeting these challenges. And this work will live on in the Obama Foundation, because there is still more left to do. 

Real change—big change—takes many years, and requires each generation to embrace the obligations and opportunities that come with the title of citizen.

As President Obama has said, the change we seek will take longer than one term or one presidency. Real change—big change—takes many years, and requires each generation to embrace the obligations and opportunities that come with the title of citizen.

The Foundation will inspire the next generation of young leaders all over the world. It will convene the brightest minds with the newest ideas from across the political spectrum, and draw strength from the rich diversity and vitality of Chicago, the city it calls home.

But most of all, it will ask all of us to take on big challenges and believe that we can meet them together. Our history and President Obama’s legacy give us hope that even the most difficult change is possible, and the Obama Foundation exists to carry on that great, unfinished project of renewal and global progress.

In its next phase, the Foundation will choose a site on which to construct the Obama Presidential Center and begin sketching out plans for the development. With your help, we’ll start gathering the stories and artifacts that recall a historic presidency, and thinking about the programs and initiatives that will begin when the President and First Lady take the helm.