Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

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The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy is a private award for philanthropy, bestowed by the Carnegie family of institutions.[1][2] In recent years the medal has been presented in New York[3].

About the Medal[edit]

The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy was inaugurated on December 10, 2001 by representatives of the more than twenty institutions Andrew Carnegie established all over the world. This award, created at the centennial observance of Mr. Carnegie’s official career as a philanthropist, is given to one or more individuals who, like Mr. Carnegie, have dedicated their private wealth to the public good and who have led impressive careers as philanthropists.

Mission statement[edit]

The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy honors Mr. Carnegie’s philanthropic achievements by recognizing the achievements of other philanthropists whose work:

  • Reflects his breadth of vision and sense of private obligation to the public good;
  • Is of significant dimension and has been sustained over time;
  • And has had a significant impact internationally or on a particular field, nation, or group of people.

In addition to providing international recognition to such individuals, families, and institutions, the Medal awards ceremony and associated events stimulate what Mr. Carnegie called “the business of benevolence” by widening the circle of international donors and advancing his driving commitment to giving.

The medal is awarded to philanthropists with vision for bold, broad, and permanent change, a long track record of giving, and who have also made an impact on their chosen field or community[4].

The Award Process[edit]

Each awards cycle, the Carnegie family of institutions nominates candidates for the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. These nominations are then reviewed by a selection committee composed of four members of the steering committee that organized the inaugural medal — Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland — along with two additional Carnegie institutions, which rotate onto the committee each award cycle. William Thompson, great-grandson of Mr. Carnegie and former Chair of the Carnegie UK Trust, is honorary chair of the committee. Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York, chairs the committee.

Each Medal recipient receives a bust of Andrew Carnegie — an original work of art cast in bronze and created specially for the award — and a bronze medal.


year name
2001 Walter Annenberg
2001 Leonore Annenberg
2001 Brooke Astor
2001 Irene Diamond
2001 The Gates Family
2001 The Rockefeller Family
2001 George Soros
2001 Ted Turner
2003 Kazuo Inamori
2003 The Sainsbury Family
2005 Aga Khan
2005 The Cadbury Family
2005 Tom Farmer
2005 Agnes Gund
2005 The Hewlett Family
2005 The Packard Family
2007 Eli Broad
2007 The Heinz Family
2007 The Mellon Family
2007 The Tata Family
2009 Michael R. Bloomberg
2009 The Koç Family
2009 Betty Moore
2009 Gordon Moore
2009 Joan Weill
2009 Sanford Weill[5]
2011 The Crown Family
2011 The Danforth Family
2011 Fiona Druckenmiller
2011 Stanley Druckenmiller
2011 Fred Kavli
2011 Evelyn Lauder
2011 Leonard Lauder
2011 Jo Carole Lauder
2011 Ronald Lauder
2011 Li Ka-shing
2011 Pamela Omidyar
2011 Pierre Omidyar
2011 The Pew Family
2011 The Pritzker Family
2013 Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned
2013 Tom Hunter
2013 James Harris Simons
2013 Marilyn Simons
2013 Dmitry Zimin
2013 Janet Wolfson de Botton [6]
2015 Paul G. Allen
2015 Charles F. Feeney
2015 Jeremy and Hanne Grantham
2015 The Haas Family
2015 Joan and Irwin Jacobs
2015 Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.
2015 Robert B. Menschel and Richard L. Menschel
2015 David M. Rubenstein[7]
2017 Mei Hing Chak[8]
2017 Marguerite & H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest[9]
2017 Azim Premji[10]
2017 Julian Robertson[11]
2017 Jeff Skoll[12]
2017 Kristine McDivitt Tompkins[13]
2017 Shelby White[14]
2017 Sir James D. Wolfensohn[15]


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  3. ^ Murphy, Cullen. "Hall of Fame: Philanthropists Who Follow Andrew Carnegie's Example". The Hive. Retrieved 2018-02-07. 
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  7. ^ David M. Rubenstein
  8. ^ Flannery, Russell. "China Businesswoman Receives Carnegie Philanthropy Medal In New York". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  9. ^ "Philadelphia's Lenfests receive Carnegie Medal for their extraordinary philanthropy". Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  10. ^ "Premji to get Carnegie Medal for philanthropy". The Hindu. PTI. 2017-06-23. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  11. ^ Sullivan, Paul (2017-07-07). "Award-Winning Philanthropists Explain the Roots of Their Giving". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  12. ^ "Skoll | Jeff Skoll Awarded Carnegie Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Philanthropy". Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  13. ^ "Meet The Winners Of The Carnegie Medal Of Philanthropy". Fast Company. 2017-06-27. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  14. ^ "On the receiving end for a change, the Lenfests win the Carnegie Medal". Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  15. ^ "Jon Hamm Sells Brooklyn Bridge Park Under Gaze of Russian Spies". 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 

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