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Michael R. Bloomberg

Michael R. Bloomberg is the 108th mayor of the City of New York. Elected to office in 2001, in his first term, Mayor Bloomberg cut crime 20 percent; created jobs by supporting small businesses; unleashed a building boom of affordable housing; expanded parks and worked to revitalize the waterfront; implemented ambitious public health strategies, including the successful ban on smoking in restaurants and bars; expanded support for community arts organizations; and improved the efficiency of government. In addition, fulfilling a campaign promise, he won control of New York’s schools from the broken Board of Education, and began turning around the nation’s largest school district by injecting standards into the classroom and holding schools accountable for success. As a result, graduation rates have increased more than 20 percent, and reading and math scores have both risen to record levels.

In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg was re-elected by a diverse coalition of support that stretched across the political spectrum. In the first half of his second term, while balancing the budget and driving unemployment to a record low, Mayor Bloomberg took on a number of new challenges. He launched an innovative program to combat poverty that encourages work and makes work pay. He began a far-reaching campaign to fight global warming and give New York City the cleanest air of any major U.S. city. And he co-founded a bipartisan coalition 15 mayors - which has grown to more than 350 mayors - to keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals and off city streets.

When the current financial crisis hit and the national economy entered a serious recession, the Mayor launched a Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan to bring the City through the downturn as quickly as possible. The Plan is focused on creating jobs for New Yorkers today, implementing a vision for growing the City’s economy over the long-term, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods across all five boroughs.

Michael Bloomberg began a small start-up company called Bloomberg LP in 1981. Today, Bloomberg LP has over 275,000 subscribers to its financial news and information service. Headquartered in New York City, the company has more than 10,000 employees in 150 cities worldwide.

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The Koç Family

The Koç family’s extraordinary legacy in Turkey began 83 years ago with the work of patriarch Vehbi Koç. An entrepreneur and humanitarian, Koç established a corporate philanthropic empire that supported the growth of the country. Today, the Koç Group is the leading conglomerate in Turkey and ranks among the largest 200 companies in the world. Along with this business success has come a tremendous sense of obligation to the country, its people and its cultural heritage. This strong sense of duty is reflected in the family’s philosophy that individuals have a responsibility to contribute to the well-being of society. Much of the Koç family’s philanthropy is carried out through the Vehbi Koç Foundation, the first private foundation in Turkey.

The Foundation focuses on three priorities: healthcare, education and culture. It has sought to improve the quality of Turkey’s healthcare system, to advance the country’s education system with various institutions and to promote the cultural resources of Turkey through the many museums and research centers charged with protecting the country’s heritage. Besides the projects developed under the Foundation, multiple initiatives are carried out by the Group companies in various sectors. Working for the benefit of the country, setting an example for others by creating models that can be replicated and creating sustainable centers of excellence are the main principles of the Family’s philanthropic endeavors. In 2007, the Koç family’s outstanding cultural activites were recognized by the World Monuments Fund through the Hadrian Award.

Rahmi M. Koç will accept the Carnegie Medal on behalf of the family. He acted as the Chairman from 1984 to 2003 for twenty years and is currently the Honorary Chairman of Koç Holding. Today, he is also active in a number of philanthropic, social and professional organisations. Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, Member of the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, Honorary Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are some of his present titles.

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Betty Moore

Betty Irene Moore was born in Los Gatos, California. At the age of two, her father passed away and she and her mother joined Betty’s grandparents at their Los Gatos area fruit ranch. Betty attended Campbell Elementary School and Los Gatos High School, then went on to receive her BA in Journalism from San Jose College.

Betty worked for the U.S. Rubber Company in San Francisco until her marriage to Gordon in 1950. Soon after they were married, the young couple moved to Pasadena where Gordon attended graduate school at the California Institute of Technology. While in Pasadena, she worked briefly for Consolidated Engineering Corporation in advertising and public relations, then shortly after joined the Ford Foundation.

In September 2000, the couple established the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which seeks to develop outcome-based projects that will improve the quality of life for future generations. The Foundation focuses it work in three areas of interest to the Moore’s: environmental conservation, science, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Passionate about improving the quality of health care, it was Betty’s vision and leadership that led the Foundation to approve the 10-year Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative in 2003. The intended outcome of the Nursing Initiative is to improve patient safety and outcomes through nurse-led initiatives in acute care hospitals within the five San Francisco Bay Area counties: Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. Through her position as Trustee on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Betty continues to play an active role to ensure her vision for improved quality health care and patient safety is realized.

Betty served on the board of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View and volunteered at the Palo Alto Senior Day Care Center. Today, she is a member of the Governing Board of Filoli, a historic house and garden near Woodside, CA that is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and serves on its Fine Arts Committee.

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Gordon Moore

Gordon E. Moore and his wife Betty established the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in September 2000, which seeks to develop outcome-based projects that will improve the quality of life for future generations. The Foundation focuses its work in three areas of interest to the Moore’s: environmental conservation, science, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gordon co-founded Intel in 1968, serving initially as Executive Vice President. He became President and Chief Executive Officer in 1975 and held that post until elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1979. He remained CEO until 1987 and was named Chairman Emeritus in 1997, stepping down in 2006.

Gordon is widely known for “Moore's Law,” in which in 1965 he predicted that the number of components the industry would be able to place on a computer chip would double every year. In 1975, he updated his prediction to once every two years. Because of changing technology, the industry now states approximately every 18 months. “Moore’s Law” has become the guiding principle for the industry to deliver ever-more powerful semiconductor chips at proportionate decreases in cost. In practical terms, what this means is smaller, cheaper chips with more functionality that allows everything from a laptop computer; cell phones; AEDs; GPS; cleaner car emissions/skid control/antilock brakes; digital cameras, to medical devices that non-invasively see inside the body, and literally 100’s of thousands of other uses.

Gordon earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Physics from the California Institute of Technology. He was born in San Francisco, California, on January 3, 1929.

Gordon is less well known for his philanthropic work even though he has been contributing to science, technology, education, and conservation projects for decades. Gordon received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from George W. Bush in 2002. He received the National Medal of Technology from President George H. W. Bush in 1990. He is currently the chairman of the executive committee for Conservation International and a member of the Board of Directors of Gilead Sciences, Inc. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology from 1995 until the beginning of 2001 and continues as a senior trustee.

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Joan Weill

As a tireless supporter of several cultural, philanthropic and civic endeavors, Joan H. Weill commits a great deal of her life to public service and education.

Mrs. Weill serves as Chairman of the Board of Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation, and has been a key organizer of the effort to raise funds and construct in New York City an expanded dance facility – the largest in our nation dedicated to dance – that has had enormous benefits for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as the programs that emanate from it – Ailey II, The Ailey School and Ailey Arts in Education and Community Outreach.

In addition, Mrs. Weill is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks, through which she directed the establishment of a regional digital research library and is involved in the building of the Student Center.

Mrs. Weill is Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, which promotes music education in classrooms around the world. She is also Co-Chair of the Board of the White Nights Foundation of America, which promotes cultural exchange between the United States and Russia in particular the artistic activities of the opera and ballet companies, the orchestra and chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, and its annual summer White Nights Festival.

Mrs. Weill’s dedication to women’s health issues led to her appointment as Co-Chairman of The New York Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Women’s Health Symposium. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Women In Need, an organization dedicated to helping homeless women and their children.

Long an advocate for the elderly, Mrs. Weill is an Honorary Board Member and President Emeritus of Citymeals-On-Wheels.

Mrs. Weill’s personal commitment to public service also extends to many of the activities in which her husband is involved, including Weill Cornell Medical College and the New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she serves on the Executive Committee of their Lying-In Hospital.

Mrs. Weill is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

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Sanford Weill

Mr. Weill is Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup. He retired as CEO of Citigroup in October 2003, and served as Chairman until April 2006. Mr. Weill was a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2001-2006; served as a Director on the boards of United Technologies from 1999-2003, AT&T from 1998-2002, and E. I. Du Pont Nemours and Company from 1998-2001. He is currently a Director of Koç Holding, one of the most significant enterprises in Turkey.

Mr. Weill is Chairman of the Board of Overseers for The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University, having joined the board in 1982 and becoming chair in 1996. Weill Cornell Medical College established the first American medical school overseas in Qatar (2001) and its inaugural class graduated in 2008.

The 1997 recipient of the New York State Governor’s Art Award, Mr. Weill has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall since 1991. For Mr. Weill's 70th birthday, Carnegie Hall raised a record $60 million in one evening thru a generous $30 million match by Mr. and Mrs. Weill for the Weill Music Institute, which established broad-reaching music education programs.

Long a proponent of education, Mr. Weill instituted a joint public-private sector partnership with the New York City Board of Education in 1980 that created the Academy of Finance, to position high school students for careers in financial services. He serves as Founder and Chairman of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), which oversees more than 500 career-themed Academies in 40 states, as well as the District of Columbia. In addition to the Academy of Finance, NAF has Academies of Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, and Engineering.

Mr. Weill is also Co-Chair, along with his wife Joan, of the White Nights Foundation of America, which is committed to strengthen relationships between Russia and the United States; Director of The Qatar Foundation, International; Board Governor of Sidra, a 380-bed special teaching hospital to be completed in 2011 in Qatar; Trustee of New York Presbyterian Hospital; and an Overseer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Mr. Weill, born on March 16, 1933, is a graduate of Cornell University. He and Joan have been married for 54 years and have two children and four grandchildren

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Eli Broad

Eli Broad is a renowned business leader who built two Fortune 500 companies from the ground up over a five-decade career in business. He is the founder of both SunAmerica Inc. and KB Home (formerly Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation). Today, he and his wife, Edythe, are devoted to philanthropy as founders of The Broad Foundations. With assets of more than $2.25 billion, The Broad Foundations are focused on entrepreneurship for the public good in education, scientific and medical research, and the arts. In working to dramatically improve urban K-12 public education, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation's major initiatives include the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education, The Broad Superintendents Academy, The Broad Residency in Urban Education, and The Broad Institute for School Boards. In advancing innovative scientific and medical research, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation focuses on the areas of inflammatory bowel disease, stem cell research, and human genomics. In an unprecedented partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and the Whitehead Institute, the Broads gave $200 million to create the Eli and Edythe Broad Institute for biomedical research. In fostering public appreciation for contemporary art, The Broad Art Foundation is a lending library of more than 1,200 artworks that have been loaned to more than 400 museums and university galleries worldwide.

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The Heinz Family

The Heinz family's sustained philanthropic giving has supported the environment, education, economic opportunity and the arts as well as efforts to enhance the lives of women and children. In 1995, the family made one of the largest grants ever to benefit the environment  $20 million to establish the Washington, D.C.-based H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. The Center brings together representatives of business, government, the scientific community and environmental groups to collaborate on the development of fair, scientifically sound environmental policies. Teresa Heinz will accept the award on behalf of the family. She is chairman of the Heinz Family Philanthropies and The Heinz Endowments, two of the nation's most innovative philanthropic institutions. She is the creator of the prestigious Heinz Awards, an annual program recognizing outstanding vision and achievement in the arts; public policy; the environment; the human condition; and technology, the economy and employment.

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The Mellon Family

The Mellon family's impact on philanthropic giving began with Andrew Mellon's donation in the 1930s of his extensive art collection to provide the beginnings of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. as well as the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. In 1969, Andrew's children Paul and Ailsa established the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports museums and art conservation, as well as higher education and scholarship, information technology research, performing arts and conservation, and the environment. In Pittsburgh, the family helped to create and continues to support Carnegie Mellon University. The Pittsburgh-based Richard King Mellon Foundation has funded the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, the linchpin of the area's biotechnology sector, and supports schools, hospitals, and myriad causes throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Nationally, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has led the way in land preservation, purchasing more than 2 million acres in 50 states, ensuring that this land will remain undeveloped and available for public enjoyment. Other family philanthropists include William Larimer Mellon, who founded Carnegie Mellon's business school; Sarah Scaife, a supporter of many Pittsburgh institutions; and their many descendants. Different branches of the Mellon family who represent the breadth of the family's giving will accept the award, including members of the Andrew Mellon family and the Richard King Mellon family.

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The Tata Family

India's Tata family gives away between eight and 14 percent of the net profits from its controlling company each year to myriad causes: science, medicine, social services, health, civil society and governance, rural welfare, performing arts, education and the needs of children. Tata family funding has established pioneering institutions in social sciences, cancer research and treatment and tropical disease research. The family's philosophy of "constructive philanthropy" has become embedded in its businesses, and has played a role in changing the traditional concept of charity throughout India. The Tata family is considered one of the few philanthropic forces in the country with the potential to facilitate collaborative action on the problems that threaten individual, local and national development. Ratan Tata will accept the Award on behalf of the family. Mr. Tata is a strong proponent of corporate social responsibility, striving to give his company's philanthropic initiatives focus and to build awareness of important issues such as literacy, microfinance and water conservation among other grassroots community initiatives.

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His Highness the Aga Khan

His Highness the Aga Khan became Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims on July 11, 1957 at the age of 20, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan. He is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Community and a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter.

In the late-nineteenth century, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah created a number of agencies to meet the social and economic needs of the Community in South Asia and East Africa. Over the last four and a half decades, the present Aga Khan has expanded the scope and geographical reach of these agencies and brought them together as the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The AKDN works for the common good of all citizens regardless of their origin, gender or religious affiliation. It has become one of the largest private development organisations in the world.

The AKDN’s mission is to improve living conditions and opportunities in poor regions of the developing world, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia and the Middle East. Its approach is multi-faceted, encompassing economic, social and cultural initiatives, and includes the mobilisation and participation of volunteers. Its efforts may include education and skills training, health and public services, conservation and revitalisation of cultural heritage, infrastructure development, urban planning and rehabilitation, rural development, water and energy management and environmental control. AKDN’s approach also features a long-term engagement with programmes in ways that allow local organisations to gain the experience and confidence they need to become self-reliant.

Many of these efforts attempt to address the feelings of subordination and vulnerability among people in the developing world – a sense that they are victims of an economic and cultural globalisation in which they cannot be full partners but from which they cannot remain apart. Development efforts as varied as microfinance and the restoration of cultural landmarks therefore work to restore hope and dignity in communities where decline was once considered inevitable.

The promotion of pluralism and the strengthening of civil society are two other critical aspects of the Aga Khan’s work. He has often spoken of the need for pluralism as both a precondition for successful development and a way of building trust between communities that are ignorant of each other. A new initiative to establish a Global Centre for Pluralism is an attempt to ameliorate this dangerous “clash of ignorance”. He has also expressed his hope that in the near future, new or expanded civil society organisations ranging from universities to village organisations will assist the developing world build confident, self-reliant societies. Philanthropy can play an important part in assisting these nations, and the Muslim ummah in particular, establish a new era of flourishing economies, progressive legal and political systems and institutions of higher education that are on the frontiers of research and knowledge.

PRESS CONTACT:

Semin Abdulla
Information Officer
Secrétariat de Son Altesse l'Aga Khan
Aiglemont
60270 Gouvieux, France
Tel: +33 3 44 58 40 00
Fax: +33 3 44 58 42 79

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The Cadbury Family

The Cadbury family has a long established tradition of philanthropy. Driven by a passion for social reform linked to the family’s Quaker beliefs, John Cadbury, who founded the chocolate business in 1831, was committed to public service and a significant supporter of charitable causes, notably child labourers. John’s sons, Richard and George, who took over the business in 1861, continued their father’s work in support of voluntary and public work that promoted a more just society.

George Cadbury was a modest yet extremely generous philanthropist who notably established the UK’s first self-supporting garden city, ‘Bourneville Village’ in 1878, designed to provide affordable quality homes in a healthy environment for industrial workers. In 1901, George gave the village to the Bourneville Village Trust which today continues to provide social housing to some 25,000 people.

Richard’s son Barrow continued the family’s charitable tradition by establishing the Barrow Cadbury Trust (as the Barrow & Geraldine S Cadbury Trust) in 1920. The Barrow Cadbury Trust’s endowment is today worth around £65 million following a merger with the Paul S Cadbury Trust in 1994. Although the funds originally derived from the Cadbury family’s income, the Trust is a wholly separate foundation whose financial, and political, independence is crucial to its aims. Since its launch the original endowment has been significantly added to by a number of the founder’s descendants.

The Barrow Cadbury Trust is unique in its long-standing status as a family run foundation. The Board of Trustees has only ever included direct descendants of its founders and has now reached its fifth generation of members. Currently chaired by Anna Southall, the Board includes Cadbury family members ranging in age from mid 20s to mid 50s and representing a broad spectrum of philanthropic experience and interest.

The Barrow Cadbury Trust is a charitable foundation that seeks to encourage an equal, peaceful and democratic society. As an independent body, the Barrow Cadbury Trust funds innovative, even risky community projects, usually charities, that help provide solutions to local problems and drive social change. Each year Barrow Cadbury spends in the region of £4 million on grants spread across about 200 groups. Since its foundation, the Barrow Cadbury Trust has invested over £150 million in some of the most deprived communities in the UK and in conflict-torn regions across the globe.

Inspired by the pioneering work of its ancestors dating back to the nineteenth century, the Cadbury family as a whole continues to pursue a philanthropic approach to promoting social reform in the present day.

For more information:

Barrow Cadbury Trust: http://www.bctrust.org.uk/
Bourneville Village Trust: http://www.bvt.org.uk/

MEDIA CONTACT:

Rosie Bain
Fishburn Hedges, 77 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6SR
Tel: 020 7839 4321, Fax: 020 7242 4202
http://www.fishburn-hedges.com

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Tom Farmer

Sir Tom Farmer is acknowledged as one of Scotland's foremost entrepreneurs and philanthropists. The youngest of seven children, he was born and grew up in Leith, Edinburgh. Married for forty years to his wife Anne, and with two adult children, he enjoys a life of both personal and business success. Throughout his commercial and private life, Sir Tom has applied a profound Christian and Philanthropic ethic. This has driven an outstanding career in business. Sir Tom set up his first business in the motor trade in 1964 selling it just four years later. In 1971 he set up Kwik Fit selling tyres and exhausts. Sir Tom built Kwik Fit into one of the most admired retailing organisations in Europe with over 2000 centres, and a recognised leader in the development and training of its people, standards of customer service and corporate social responsibility. In 1999, Ford purchased Kwik Fit for over £1 billion. Sir Tom now oversees an extensive portfolio of retailing, commercial property and other business investments.

The leadership that Sir Tom provided at Kwik Fit led to a number of public service appointments, including founding board member of Scottish Enterprise, Chairman of Scottish Business in the communicty and board member of Investors in People. Sir Tom is currently Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Sir Tom received a CBE in 1990 and a Knighthood in 199. International recognition of his work includes Officier in de Orde van Orange-Nassau of the Netherlands and the Knight Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

A devout Roman Catholic, Sir Tom devotes much of his time to the work of the church. He was appointed a papal knight of St Gregory the Great in 1997. He is a strong supporter of inter faith activities and believes that all faiths and churches can play a valuable role in the development of good citizenship and improvements in society.

In both his business and personal life, Sir Tom has committed himself to using the resources available to him to help others. Amongst his many activities, he opened up his Kwik Fit centres to receive aid from the public for victims of the war in Kosovo, chaired the Scotland Against Drugs campaign and supports the opening up of public access to the arts. Sir Tom has established the Farmer Foundation to provide support to local communities, both at home and abroad, to develop self sufficient means of community and personal development.

Says Sir Tom: "It was a pleasant surprise to be nominated to receive the Andrew Carnegie Medal. Throughout my life I have tried to encourage people to support each other in their family, work and community so that we can all develop together. The Carnegie Foundations provide so much throughout the world to people in terms of opportunities for education and self development. It is a great honour to be recognised by them".

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Robin Dunseath 07770 831 728
Sir Tom Farmer 0131 315 2830

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Agnes Gund

Agnes Gund was president of The Museum of Modern Art since 1991 and is currently President Emerita. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1938, her mother used to take her to Saturday morning art classes at the Cleveland Museum. Her father collected western painting. She was only 15 when her mother died, since she was the oldest she had to help take care of the five younger children. Her father was George Gund, Jr. He was president of Cleveland Trust Company for twenty five years. He made a lot of money when he sold his rights to Sanka Coffee. Agnes has always been interested in art. She once had a twelve foot high steel and lead baseball mitt on her front yard in Greenwich. She was elected a trustee of The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1976. In 1977, after New York City budget cuts eliminated art classes in the public schools she founded the Studio in a School Association. It brought artists to New York City public schools to help children develop their own sense of art at an early age. The program even helped raise the reading scores of the students. Ms. Gund was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 1997. Agnes Gund is married to Daniel Shapiro, the lawyer, has four children and lives in New York City.

Ms Gund is Chairman of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, New York and a member of numerous charitable trusts, including the J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, NY.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jamie Bennett
Office of Agnes Gund
The Museum of Modern Art
Tel: (212) 708-9765
Fax: (212) 708-9415
http://www.MoMA.org/

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The Hewlett Family

Nearly forty years after Bill and Flora started the Hewlett Foundation in the living room of their Palo Alto house, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the US, with assets of more than $6 billion. The Foundation now makes hundreds of grants per year totalling hundreds of millions of dollars, but the principles that guide its grantmaking are the same as those that inspired Bill and Flora to begin the institution so many years ago – a sincere and heartfelt commitment to help build strong institutions that make a difference in the community and around the world.

Entrepreneur William R. Hewlett established the Hewlett Foundation in 1966 with his wife, Flora, and their eldest son, Walter B. Hewlett. For the first ten years, the Foundation, then known as the William R. Hewlett Foundation, made approximately $15.3 million in grants to organizations in education, population, the arts and Social Services.

In 1977, Mrs. Hewlett died and the Foundation was renamed The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and her oldest daughter, Eleanor Hewlett Gimon, replaced her on the board. The bulk of Mrs Hewlett’s fortune was transferred to the Foundation.

Highly respected for its work in the fields of Conflict Resolution, Education, Environment, Performing Arts, and Population, the Foundation was a key source of funding to a host of institutions that provide vital services to disadvantaged Bay Area communities.

The Foundation’s assets increased to more than $2 billion, and annual grantmaking rose from $35 million in 1993 to $84 million in 1998. They focused at that time on environmental grantmaking on the Western United States and Canada, education funding, neighborhood improvement initiatives, and the U.S.-Latin American Relations Program.

Another foundation, the Flora Family Foundation was set up in 1998 and it made a total of 351 grants for $19.4 million in its first four years of operation. Perhaps as important is the fact that the Flora Family Foundation has given the next generation of Hewlett family members an opportunity to learn about philanthropy and to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Eric Brown
Communications Director
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
2121 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, Ca. 94025

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The Packard Family

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was created in 1964 by David Packard (1912–1996) and Lucile Salter Packard (1914–1987). David and Lucile Packard shared a deep and abiding interest in giving back to the community and dedicated themselves to philanthropic causes throughout their lives.

In establishing the Foundation, David and Lucile chose issues for support that were close to them and that they believed could improve the quality of life for many individuals: ensuring opportunities for all children to reach their potential, enhancing women’s reproductive health and stabilizing world population, conserving and restoring earth’s natural systems, and encouraging the creative pursuit of science.

The Foundation continues to be guided by the core values that David and Lucile passed on—integrity, respect for all people, belief in individual leadership, commitment to effectiveness, and the capacity to think big—and to build on its history of family involvement and past program successes. The Foundation is governed a Board of Trustees that includes five members of the Packard Family and other individuals with wide-ranging expertise.

The Foundation provides national and international grants, and also has a special focus on the Northern California Counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey. The Foundation’s assets were approximately $5.2 billion as of December 31, 2004. General program grant awards totalled approximately $217 million in 2004. The Foundation has a grant-making budget of approximately $200 million in 2005.

MEDIA CONTACT:

John Walker
Communications Officer
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
300 Second Street · Los Altos · CA · 94022
T 650.917.7122 · Fax 650.941.0663
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www.packard.org

 

2003

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Kazuo Inamori

Dr. Inamori was born in 1932 in Kagoshima. He graduated from Kagoshima University in 1955 and began his own company at the early age of 27 years old. What began as the Kyoto Ceramic Co. in 1959 has grown into the multinational, multifaceted, high-technology Kyocera Corporation.

In 1984 he also founded KDDI, which has become Japan's second largest telecommunications carrier. That same year he established the Inamori Foundation using $200 million of his personal funds. The foundation's objectives are to "contribute to the peace and prosperity of humankind by promoting academic and cultural development as well as international mutual understanding." He has subsequently contributed $300 million more to the foundation. Dr. Inamori also launched the Kyoto Prizes, international awards that honor significant contributors to humanity in the fields of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Some notable laureates include, linguist Noam Chomsky, astronomer Jan Hendrik Oort, composer John Cage, primatologist Jane Goodall, and artist Roy Lichtenstein, to name a few.

Through these awards and other philanthropic endeavors, Dr. Inamori practices his belief "that there is no higher calling than to work for the greater good of all humankind." His outlook and his actions echo Andrew Carnegie's doctrine that private wealth should be used for the public good.

Dr. Inamori's achievements are the result of his unique management philosophy that depends on mutual trust, a passion for success, and Dr. Inamori's conviction that, as human beings, we must constantly maintain a spirit of seeking out what is good and continuously striving for our ideals. The same year that he established the Inamori Foundation, he promoted education by endowing the Kyocera Chair of Ceramics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and shortly thereafter established similar chairs at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Washington.

Dr. Inamori has promoted cultural exchange through Kyocera's HORIZON tours, which has allowed hundreds of grade-school American children to visit Japan to learn about the Japanese culture.

In 1995 Dr. Inamori wrote his book, A Passion For Success, which outlines his philosophy on the key to success. It resonates strikingly with Andrew Carnegie's Gospel. In it Dr. Inamori reflects:"If you happen to have [leadership] talents, you should use them for the world, for society, and for the group, but never just for yourself...."

In 1997, Dr. Inamori was able to fulfill his longtime dream to enter the Buddhist priesthood, the ultimate expression of his devotion to giving back. He now spends much of his time studying how humans can reach their highest potential.

For many years, Dr. Inamori has been highly committed to finding solutions to urgent world problems. Most recently, in 2002, he co-founded The Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy at the Center for Strategic & International Studies headquartered in Washington, D.C. The academy promotes a better understanding of leadership among individuals, within institutions, across borders, and between generations via seminars and talks conducted by international leaders in government and business. Participants learn about the challenges and successes in leaderships from specific examples from around the world and thus explore the "intersection of leadership and international policy."

When he was recently asked what his future goals were, he remarked, "As long as I live, I would like to continue to contribute to the material and spiritual happiness of humanity and society."

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Profile: The American Ceramic Society Bulletin - PDF 605 KB
Profile: President of the Inamori Foundation

 

 

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The Sainsbury Family

In 1869, John James Sainsbury and his wife, Mary Ann, bought a small dairy shop in London and turned it into a grocery store. That was the first Sainsbury's. From the beginning, the Sainsburys created a supermarket chain, which today has over 700 stores, of which 191 are in the USA. Total sales are nearly $30 billion and profits are about $1 billion. And for more than 100 years now, Sainsbury's has been the most successful supermarket chain in Great Britain's history. Moreover, the Sainsbury family put the same vision and fervor into their philanthropic efforts as they did in their great retail ventures.

Today there are 19 trusts, set up by 18 different members of the family spanning over three generations. They have provided the benchmark for British philanthropy over the past three decades and have set up a single administrative office, for economy of style, breadth of knowledge, and to preserve the distinctive character of each foundation while building a collective reputation for discreet, substantial and sustained support for innovative action, through grants ranging from large to small. A few examples follow:

  • Massive long-term support for the country's National Gallery, where there is now a new Sainsbury wing
  • The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia
  • The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
  • Projects further afield, in the recovering post-Soviet Union economies of East and Central Europe for example, and especially in the fragile world of sub-Saharan Africa, where they collaborate with a certain Rockefeller Foundation
  • Education and scientific research
  • Smaller grants on subjects ranging from autism to the environmental effects of aviation.

In 2001, the Sainsbury Trusts donated some $90 million to a wide range of good causes both in Great Britain and abroad. The flagship of this fleet of trusts is the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Lord David Sainsbury

Lord David Sainsbury established Gatsby in 1967 when he was 27 years old. He used his own inheritance to do it. In 1993, David Sainsbury made a further gift to Gatsby of over $300 million. At the time, this gift was the largest single philanthropic donation ever recorded in the UK. Each year since then, Lord Sainsbury has donated at least another $10 million to the trust.

Gatsby is one of the most interesting grantmaking institutions in the world. First, Gatsby is very focused. Its trustees concentrate on a limited number of areas, such as plant science, mental health, or help to Africa.

Second, Gatsby is proactive. Rather than awaiting proposals, its trustees identify areas for action.

Third, the trustees are not afraid to experiment and take risks, both of which are generally outside the comfort zone of most government bureaucrats. Finally, the trustees look to the long term. They believe that many things worth changing can take 10 years or more to improve substantially. Clearly defined aims, not the length of the grant, are important to the trustees.

David Sainsbury was educated at Eton and at Cambridge, where he began by reading history but became fascinated by science. He graduated in 1963 with a BA in psychology. In 1971, he received his MBA from Columbia's Graduate School of Business. He joined his family's supermarket business after graduation, rising to become finance director and then chairman and chief executive. In 1997, Columbia University honored him with its prestigious Botwinick Prize in business ethics, which is awarded to leaders who display exemplary ethical practices in management and leadership. That same year, Prime Minister Tony Blair made him Lord Sainsbury of Turville and, a year later, appointed him as Minister for Science & Technology.

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Walter and Leonore Annenberg

Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, who jointly head the Annenberg Foundation, were selected for the historic role their foundation has played in helping America's schools meet the challenges of the 21st century and for their personal commitment to strengthening education and the arts. Among their many gifts is the $500 million Annenberg Challenge Grant, the largest single gift ever bestowed on public education in the United States. Ambassador Leonore Annenberg accepted the award on behalf of her husband and herself.

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Brooke Astor

Brooke Astor, who, as president of the Vincent Astor Foundation, has been a major force behind the revitalization of the New York Public Library, was chosen for her unstinting efforts on behalf of New York City's great cultural and education institutions during 40 years of inspired philanthropy.

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Irene Diamond

Irene Diamond, who discovered the property that became the Hollywood classic Casablanca and who helped bring Burt Lancaster and Robert Redford to Hollywood was selected for her trailblazing gifts to combat AIDS and to educate the public about the disease. She served as president of the Aaron Diamond Foundation, which distributed all of its assets and became the nation's largest private supporter of AIDS research. She was also recognized for her continuing support of the arts in New York City.

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The Gates Family

The Gates Family, William H. Gates III, Melinda French Gates and William H. Gates Sr., who are setting new standards of giving for the 21st century as heads of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, were selected for their leadership in reaffirming an ethic of responsibility to the world at large and for their landmark efforts to promote health equity around the globe, help all students achieve and to bridge the digital divide. William H. Gates, Sr., accepted the award on behalf of the Gates family.

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The Rockefeller Family

The Rockefeller Family was recognized for its exceptional record of philanthropy over the last century. Third and fourth generations of the family now continue to build on philanthropic roots established by John D. Rockefeller, who, along with Andrew Carnegie, set standards of giving for all who followed. David Rockefeller accepted the award on behalf of himself, his brother, Laurance S. Rockefeller, and the entire Rockefeller family.

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George Soros

George Soros, whose global network of foundations and Open Society Institutes spend nearly a half-billion dollars each year to support projects in education, public health, civil society development and other areas, was chosen as a laureate for his leadership and vision in fostering open societies and a better life for billions of citizens of the world.

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Ted Turner

Ted Turner was selected for his leadership in the philanthropic arena, particularly with his historic $1 billion gift to the United Nations, for his passionate stewardship of the environment and for the Nuclear Threat Initiative to reduce the global threat posed by nuclear and biological weapons.

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