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About the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

The Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy was inaugurated on December 10, 2001, by more than 20 of the institutions Mr. Carnegie established all over the world during his lifetime.

This award, created at the centennial observance of Andrew Carnegie’s official career as a philanthropist, is given every two years to one or more individuals who, like Andrew Carnegie, have dedicated their private wealth to public good, and who have sustained impressive careers as philanthropists.

The Criteria

  • Medalists must have a vision of philanthropy that reflects the ideals and breadth of Andrew Carnegie, the man the medal celebrates
  • The work of the philanthropist must have a sustainable track record
  • The medalists must have made a significant impact on a particular field, nation, or group of people, either nationally or internationally

The Award Process

aconly 1More than 20 institutions established by Andrew Carnegie are responsible for selecting medalists and honoring those chosen to receive the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. Nominations are made by the Carnegie family of institutions.

The selection committee is composed of four members of the steering committee that organized the inaugural medal—Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Carnegie Trusts for the Universities of Scotland—along with two additional Carnegie institutions, which rotate onto the committee each award cycle. William Thompson, great-grandson of Andrew 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.

Carnegie Corporation of New York took the lead in organizing the 2001 awards ceremony, the Carnegie Institution of Washington organized the 2003 awards ceremony, and the United Kingdom Trusts organized the 2005 ceremony in Scotland.

The Award

Each 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.

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