There are numerous medals and awards, including those given for working towards peace, achievements in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and excellence in the arts. But no such honor had ever been given for philanthropy until the family of over twenty organizations and institutions founded by Andrew Carnegie created the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2001. The medal celebrates Carnegie’s enduring legacy of philanthropy, which is rooted in two core principles: that with wealth comes responsibility and that individuals, whether guided by religious, civic, humanistic or democratic aspirations, have the transformative power to use wealth to advance the public good.
I am deeply proud of the fact that all the recipients of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy embody the ideals of Andrew Carnegie.
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