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and Robert B. MenschelDavid M. Rubenstein
Through his company Vulcan Inc. and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Mr. Allen is working to save endangered species, improve ocean health, tackle contagious diseases, research the human brain and build sustainable communities. In all his endeavors, Mr. Allen constantly asks “What if…?” and pushes people to challenge conventional thinking, collaborate across disciplines and reimagine what’s possible.
Aptly, Mr. Allen named his company for Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. According to myth, Vulcan was tossed from the heavens as a child, raised by a sea nymph, and grew up as a strong-willed, freethinking outsider. That spirit of independence fueled Vulcan’s approach as a blacksmith, and helped him forge works that no one else – not even the gods – thought were possible. As a company, the modern Vulcan’s mission is to discover and develop smart solutions for some of the world’s toughest challenges.
As the idea man and original technologist behind Microsoft, Mr. Allen pioneered the PC software industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s – a development that ultimately enabled billions of people to use computers and unlocked incalculable human and economic potential. In the years since, Mr. Allen has used his wealth to tackle a wide range of challenges, and to expand the horizons of human possibility.
For example, since 2003, Mr. Allen has invested more than $350 million in brain research, primarily through the Allen Institute for Brain Science. The Allen Institute is developing a detailed, digital atlas of the human brain and spinal cord. These growing public resources will dramatically accelerate advances in neuroscience and could ultimately lead to revolutionary treatments for traumatic brain injuries, dementia, paralysis and other problems.
Mr. Allen also founded the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to explore critical questions in AI. And in 2014, he founded the Allen Institute for Cell Science and its inaugural project, the Allen Cell Observatory, which will accelerate disease research by creating predictive cell models.
As he explores new frontiers in science, Mr. Allen is also pushing to explore planetary boundaries. For example, Mr. Allen funded SpaceShipOne, the first private spacecraft to carry a civilian into suborbital space and safely home again, an historic triumph that in 2004 captured the Ansari X-Prize. More recently, Mr. Allen formed Vulcan Aerospace to collaborate across space travel investments and oversee the Stratolaunch System, an orbital launch model that will dramatically change the economics of space launches.
Equally committed to earthly challenges, Mr. Allen gave $100 million to fight the West African Ebola epidemic. Announced in 2014, his gift was the largest private donation in the world focused entirely on this deadly plague, and served as a catalyst to spur greater involvement from governments and other donors around the world.
Mr. Allen’s philanthropy also encompasses history and the arts. An avid guitarist, his love for the music of Jimi Hendrix inspired him to found the EMP Museum, which explores the ideas and risks that fuel pop culture. Mr. Allen is also the founder of the Flying Heritage Collection, a collection of rare WWII aircraft and artifacts restored to working condition, and the Living Computer Museum, a collection of restored vintage timesharing computer equipment. He is also the Chair of Vulcan Productions, an award-winning media company that develops and supports media projects that help audiences understand and respond to challenges facing the world around them.
Mr. Allen is the proud owner of several of the greenest teams in sports, including the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trailblazers and the National Football Association’s Seattle Seahawks. He is also part of the primary ownership group for Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle’s Major League Soccer team. It is Mr. Allen’s firm belief that, with the right team, anything is possible – no matter what the endeavor may be.
All told, Mr. Allen’s philanthropic contributions exceed $2 billion. As a member of the Giving Pledge, he remains committed to giving away the majority of his fortune.
Charles “Chuck” Feeney was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey during the Great Depression. His Irish-American parents worked hard to make a good life for their family; his father as an insurance underwriter, his mother a hospital nurse.
Chuck Feeney was an entrepreneur from an early age – selling Christmas cards door-to-door and teaming with a friend to shovel sidewalks during snowstorms. After high school, Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Signals Intelligence in Japan during the Korean War. He took advantage of the GI Bill to attend Cornell University, becoming the first member of his family to go to college. Upon graduation, Chuck started a business selling goods to American troops stationed in Europe that eventually became Duty Free Shoppers, the world’s largest luxury goods retailer.
Chuck Feeney believes fervently that people who have been fortunate to amass great wealth should use their wealth for a greater good. He established The Atlantic Philanthropies in 1982, which have since made grants totaling more than $7 billion—focused on promoting education, health, peace, reconciliation and human dignity—primarily in Australia, Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam. In the mid-1980s, Chuck quietly transferred virtually all of his assets to The Atlantic Philanthropies; for the first half of Atlantic’s history, its grantmaking was done anonymously. Known for his frugality, Chuck Feeney owns neither a home nor a car and wears a $15 watch.
Chuck Feeney makes big investments to help solve today’s urgent problems. Atlantic’s Founding Chairman grants range from kick-starting universities across Ireland that propelled Ireland’s knowledge economy to seeding the creation of Cornell NYC Tech that will be a global magnet for tech talent and entrepreneurship.
In his biography, The Billionaire Who Wasn’t, Mr. Feeney said, “I had one idea that never changed in my mind—that you should use your wealth to help people.”
Chuck Feeney’s philosophy of Giving While Living was an inspiration behind the Giving Pledge, an initiative created by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates to persuade many of the world’s wealthiest people to give the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.
Hanne Grantham is presently co-chair of the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, which she co-founded in 1997. She shares responsibilities in setting funding priorities and grant allocations. She is on the advisory boards of various organizations, including the WWF, Oxfam America, and Environmental Defense Fund, and she is on the joint Imperial College/London School of Economics Climate Committee. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Brandeis and an honorary doctorate from Imperial College. She has been teaching German language and literature at various levels. She lives in Boston with her husband, Jeremy, and they have three grown children.
Jeremy Grantham is co-founder and strategist at GMO, an investment management firm. His quarterly investment letter also covers financial ethics, deficiencies in capitalism, resource limitations, and problems posed by climate change. The Granthams have established foundations for the protection of the environment, emphasizing climate mitigation. Jeremy earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Sheffield (U.K.) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and holds three honorary degrees. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Haas family’s 70 years of philanthropy, spanning four generations, was born of the determination and innovation of a German entrepreneur whose business grew over the span of 100 years into a global Fortune 500 company. Rohm and Haas Company was founded by Otto Haas and Otto Rohm in Germany in 1907 based on a major innovation in chemistry. The business partners opened a U.S. branch in Philadelphia where the company expanded over time. Haas, known for being stern, paternalistic and benevolent, led the company through the Great Depression into an era of discovery. As World War II loomed, the business grew rapidly with the invention of Plexiglas, used to make aircraft canopies.
Otto and his dynamic and influential wife Phoebe created the Phoebe Waterman Foundation in 1945 to help fatherless children and support medical and educational institutions. They also created a number of charitable trusts, drawing from wealth created by the Rohm and Haas Company.
Otto and Phoebe’s sons, F. Otto and John C. Haas, followed their father into the business, taking on leadership roles at Rohm and Haas and the Foundation. F. Otto and his wife Dorothy concentrated their philanthropy on preserving open space, historic preservation, and the arts. John and his wife Chara focused on helping children and families, especially in disadvantaged communities.
Otto and John felt a strong sense of responsibility to use their personal time, wealth, and the resources of the Foundation, renamed after William Penn, and the Haas Charitable Trusts to improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia region.
Following the sale of Rohm and Haas to the Dow Chemical Company in 2009, John directed a significant portion of his family’s charitable assets to the Foundation and created the Wyncote Foundation, ensuring a strong future for the family’s philanthropic endeavors.
The third and fourth generations of family members are building upon the values and work of their elders. Their commitment to philanthropy continues through the William Penn Foundation, other foundations created by family members, personal contributions and commitment of time. As the family grows, each generation encourages the interests of the next, further expanding the impact of their philanthropic efforts in service to the community.
Joan Klein Jacobs was born in New York City. Joan graduated from the Barnard School for Girls in New York City and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1954. She was trained as a dietician and worked for the Groton Central Schools outside of Ithaca and at Boston Lying-in Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s Hospital), one of the nation’s first maternity hospitals. In 2008, Joan received an honorary doctorate Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts.
In 1956, she moved to Boston, where her four sons were born between 1957 and 1966. While in Boston, Joan was extensively involved with the Boston Chapter of the League of Women Voters. She moved to La Jolla, California, in 1966 and has since played an integral part in shaping the community through her activism and perseverance.
As a leading member of the San Diego community, Joan has focused her energies on numerous community groups and committees. Among these were support organizations at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD). In 1970, Joan co-founded “Friends of the International Center,” a UCSD support group. She also was a founding partner of Gallery 8, which began at the International Center. From 1992 to 2000, she served on the UCSD Board of Overseers. In June 2000, Joan was elected to the Board of the UCSD Foundation and as Chairwoman of the Art Committee. She co-founded “Friends of the Stuart Collection,” and is currently chair of the support group for the body of 17 world-class contemporary sculptures on the UCSD campus.
Joan has played a vital role in her contributions to the San Diego arts community. She has served on the Board of the La Jolla Playhouse since 1996 and continues to serve on the Executive and Nominating Committees. She has chaired several committees for the San Diego Symphony where she founded and chaired the San Diego Symphony Gold Ribbon Patrons, a group of more than 150 women who contribute $150,000 annually to the Symphony. Currently, she is the Chairwoman of the Board of the San Diego Symphony Endowment Foundation, which was formed in 2003 to manage endowment contributions to ensure the future of the Symphony. Joan and Irwin were the honorary co-chairs for the San Diego Symphony’s Centennial Celebrations throughout 2010.
Joan also sits on the Accession’s Committee of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. From the mid-1980s to 1997, Joan chaired the Contemporary Collectors group for the Museum. In 2001, she founded and now chairs the International Collectors – the museum’s highest support group. She continues to support public art within the region, which includes serving on the Commission for Art for the Federal Courthouse in San Diego.
Joan is a dedicated member of a number of community boards and organizations as well, including the University Club, City National Bank, the President’s Advisory Council at San Diego Hospice. She was chairwoman of the Salk Institute’s 50th Anniversary Gala celebrated in 2010.
In July 1995, she was the recipient of the David K. Kroll Leadership Award for exemplary service, dedication and commitment to the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center of San Diego County. She was co-chair of the capital campaign for the renovation and expansion of the Jewish Community Center, where she raised $13.2 million. The building was completed in May 2000. Joan is Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego County, serves on the Grants Committee and chairs the Board Advancement Committee.
She is the 2015 recipient of the Helen Bull Vandervort Alumni Achievement Award from Cornell Universities College of Human Ecology.
Joan’s many interests include traveling, collecting contemporary art and politics. She belongs to a book club and The Dow Divas Investment Club of the San Diego Opera. She is the mother of four sons – all of whom reside in San Diego with their wives – and she has 11 grandchildren. Joan is married to Irwin Mark Jacobs, co-founder & retired CEO and chairman of the board QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology.
Irwin Mark Jacobs is Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm, a company he co-founded in 1985. As CEO through 2005 and Chairman through 2009, he led the growth from startup to Fortune 500 Company, now with over 28,000 employees worldwide. Qualcomm pioneered the development and commercialization of CDMA wireless technology, the basis for all third-generation cellular networks which now provide voice and broadband Internet access for over 1.6 billion customers. Qualcomm is the world’s largest semiconductor supplier for wireless products and a leader in introducing fourth-generation technology. For 15 consecutive years, QUALCOMM has been named to Fortune’s list of The 100 Best Companies To Work For.
Dr. Jacobs previously served as co-founder, CEO and chairman of LINKABIT Corporation, leading the development of Very Small Aperture Earth Terminals (VSATs) and the VideoCipher® satellite-to-home TV system. LINKABIT merged with M/A-COM in August 1980, and Dr. Jacobs served as executive vice president and a member of the board of directors until his resignation in April 1985. Over 100 San Diego communications companies trace their roots to LINKABIT.
From 1959 to 1966, Dr. Jacobs was an assistant, then associate professor of electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1966 to 1972 he served as professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). While at MIT, Dr. Jacobs co-authored with Jack Wozencraft a textbook in digital communications Principles of Communication Engineering. First published in 1965, the book remains in use today.
Dr. Jacobs received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1956 from Cornell University and Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1957 and 1959, respectively. He holds fourteen CDMA patents.
Dr. Jacobs was named Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute In November 2006 and served as Chair of the National Academy of Engineering from 2008 to 2012. He serves on the UCSD Foundation Board of Trustees in addition to the UC San Diego Health System Advisory Board and is past chairman of the University of California President’s Engineering Advisory Council. In June 2011, he was appointed by The Secretary of Education to serve on the Board of the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies (aka, Digital Promise). Additionally, Dr. Jacobs is a board member of the Lang Lang Foundation, the Technion Board of Governors, the International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Board of Overseers of KACST in Saudi Arabia, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the American Philosophical Society and has served on the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management since its formation in 2000.
Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., is Founder and Executive Chairman of Huntsman Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals.
Forty years ago, Mr. Huntsman began a small entrepreneurial plastics packaging business. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, its operating companies today manufacture chemical products used in a wide range of industries, with more than 16,000 employees and multiple locations worldwide. The Company’s 2015 revenues exceeded $15 billion.
Mr. Huntsman earned his undergraduate degree at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has been awarded thirteen honorary doctorate degrees. Mr. Huntsman was a U.S. Naval Gunnery Officer. He served under President Richard M. Nixon as Special Assistant to the President and as White House Staff Secretary.
Jon Huntsman, characterized by Elite Traveler magazine as a “folksy patriarch” and “a cross between Mark Twain and Warren Buffet,” authored a book on corporate ethics entitled, Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten). The second edition is entitled Winners Never Cheat: Even in Difficult Times and made the Wall Street Journal’s best sellers list. His autobiography, Barefoot to Billionaire: Reflections on a Life’s Work and a Promise to Cure Cancer, was released in October 2014 to extensive acclaim.
Mr. Huntsman is widely recognized as one of America’s foremost concerned citizens and philanthropists. His lifetime humanitarian giving, including contributions to the homeless, the ill and the underprivileged, exceeds $1.4 billion and has assisted thousands, both domestically and internationally.
He was named One of the Ten Most Influential Utahns in the 20th Century. He was a member of the American Red Cross Board of Governors from 1997-2005 and from March through October, 2013. He also serves on the board of the Beaumont Foundation. The Chronicle of Philanthropy placed Mr. Huntsman second on their 2007 list of largest donors. In 2011, Forbes Magazine counted him among the 18 “most generous givers on the planet.”
Mr. Huntsman and his wife, Karen, founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute in 1995 to accelerate the work of curing cancer through human genetics. Mr. Huntsman’s early contributions amounted to $225 million. The Institute is now one of America’s major cancer centers dedicated to finding a cure. The combined facility features leading-edge research laboratories and a state-of-the-art hospital treating cancer patients. The recently announced $100 million expansion will double the laboratory space and create the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center, which will focus exclusively on inherited and childhood cancers. Today, approximately $1.5 billion has been directed to the building of HCI, almost half of which was donated by the Huntsman family.
Mr. Huntsman has served in senior leadership positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the past fifty years. His latest assignment was service as a member of the Seventies Quorum. Jon and Karen Huntsman are the parents of nine children. They have 56 grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren.
Investment banker, philanthropist, art collector, and sponsor of social enterprise in health, education and the arts, Richard Menschel shares Andrew Carnegie’s philosophy that with wealth comes a responsibility to contribute to the world’s betterment and a more just society.
Richard Menschel was born and raised in Manhattan. He traveled to the Bronx to attend the Bronx High School of Science, and later graduated from Syracuse University. The U.S. Air Force took him as an officer to Turkey where he contracted polio. Determined that his illness would not limit nor define him, with leadership talent and a good sense of humor, he moved on to the Harvard Business School, graduating in 1959. He joined Goldman Sachs where he become a Partner in 1968 and a member of the Management Committee in 1980. He retired in 1988 and is now a Senior Director.
From an early age, Mr. Menschel’s interests have been many. Soon after graduation from HBS he became involved with the School and recruited talented graduates for Goldman Sachs. His skill in identifying and developing talent for Goldman Sachs is legendary. His leadership at the firm helped shape its culture, growth and prestige in the industry. At the same time, he also gave his time to numerous organizations, including the Joffrey Ballet as President and The George Eastman Museum.
In 1989 he joined the Board of the Hospital for Special Surgery; this began a long association with the hospital where he has shared his leadership and financial acumen to advance clinical care and musculoskeletal research. He continues to serve on HSS’s board and was its chairman for 12 years. This and his involvement with the Harvard School of Public Health have engaged his interest in medicine and public health. A recent $12.5 million grant to HSPH enabled the school to transform its Masters degree curriculum to train and equip students to respond to global health crises, to be leaders in public health, and to fulfill the school’s international mandate. He has been a partner in the Global Polio Eradication initiative led by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
He encouraged and supported Harvard Business School to assist students to enter not-for-profit management careers; this later became the Social Enterprise Program. He initiated and provided endowment for HBS’ Leadership Fellows program that supplements the first year salaries of graduates going into not-for-profit management. He also has funded financial aid for students coming from, and entering, the not-for-profit sector.
He supported Harvard as a Co-Chairman of The University Campaign, 1994-1999. In addition to HBS and HSPH, he also has made major contributions to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the College, and the Harvard Art Museums.
His interest in education, civic affairs, and young people led to his appointment by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2002 to the City’s Panel for Education Policy. There he supported the Mayor’s initiatives in educational reform, teacher training and school leadership development.
Another interest is human rights and social justice. He served on the board of Vera Institute of Justice for over a decade and contributes significant financial support to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Mr. Menschel has been an active collector of photography for almost fifty years and has built a major photography collection. He has established curatorial Chairs in photography at The Morgan Library and Museum, and the Harvard Art Museums, as well as endowing acquisition funds at these institutions and The George Eastman Museum.
Richard Menschel’s philanthropic support to numerous organizations has been directed through his personal foundation, established early in his career, trusts he has created, and through the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Charina Foundation and subsequently Charina Endowment Fund.
His wife of 41 years, Ronay Menschel, has been a leader in government and active with numerous educational, housing, medical and arts organizations. They have three daughters and five grandchildren. Together they enjoy family and friends in New York City and Nantucket.
Robert Menschel was born in New York City on July 2, 1929. He is a graduate of Syracuse University (BS) and attended New York University Graduate School of Business.
He is Chairman and Managing Director of Vital Projects Fund and a Director of the Charina Endowment Fund. He is the former Managing Director of the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. He was a partner of Goldman Sachs and is currently a Senior Director of Goldman Sachs Group. He was the founder of its Institutional Department which became the model for the securities industry.
Robert Menschel is Chairman Emeritus and former Chairman and President of the Museum of Modern Art. He was Chairman of its Executive Committee and Photography Committee, and is currently a Member of the Executive Committee, the Photography Committee, the Finance Committee and the Investment Committee. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and formerly a member of the Executive Committee of Syracuse University. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of Montefiore Hospital and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of New York Presbyterian Hospital.
He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Public Library and is currently an Honorary Trustee. He is an Honorary Trustee and former Board President of the Dalton School, NYC. and an Honorary Trustee as well as former Chairman of Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY. He is a member of the Trustees Council of the National Gallery of Art.
He is an Honorary Trustee and is former vice-president and member of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Emanuel-El of New York City. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, NJ, the American Jewish Committee, and Chess-in-the Schools. He was a Member of President Clinton’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
He is a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations and established an annual program on Behavioral Economics at the Council. In addition, he established the Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics at the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. Robert Menschel is the recipient of the George Arents Medal and an Honorary Degree LLD from Syracuse University. He is the author of Markets, Mobs & Mayhem, published by John Wiley.
Robert Menschel established the Light Work Photography Organization’s program and Media Center at Syracuse University. He also established the Menschel Photography Gallery at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, he established photography programs at the Chrysler Museum and Tulane University, and continues to support photography programs at the National Gallery, MOMA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Robert Menschel and David Menschel have made The Vital Projects Foundation one of the nation’s largest supporters of all aspects of Criminal Justice Reform.
Robert Menschel was formerly married to Joyce Frank Menschel. He is the longtime partner of the author Janet Wallach. He is the father of Lauren Elizabeth Menschel and David Frank Menschel and grandfather of Adler and Devin Menschel Jacobs.
David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing more than $200 billion from 40 offices around the world. Mr. Rubenstein, a native of Baltimore, is a 1970 magna cum laude graduate of Duke, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Following Duke, Mr. Rubenstein graduated in 1973 from The University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.
From 1973-75, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. From 1975-76 he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. From 1977-1981, during the Carter Administration, Mr. Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw Pittman).
Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and of Duke University, a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, Co-Chairman of the Brookings Institution, Vice-Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Art and President of the Economic Club of Washington.
Mr. Rubenstein is on the Board of Directors or Trustees of University of Chicago, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution.
Mr. Rubenstein is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Business Council (Vice-Chairman), Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors, the Board of Trustees of the Young Global Leaders Foundation, Advisory Board of School of Economics and Management Tsinghua University (Chairman), the Madison Council of the Library of Congress (Chairman), and the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Rubenstein is married to Alice Rogoff Rubenstein, and they have three grown children.
Presentation in Edinburgh, Scotland
Over the years, he has often quoted one of Andrew Carnegie’s most well-known and well-loved pronouncements: “The man who dies . . . rich dies disgraced.” And so, inspired by his countryman Andrew Carnegie and with a nudge from the current proprietor of the foundation Carnegie created, he followed Carnegie’s example and created—with his wife and advisor, Marion—the Hunter Foundation, supporting education as well as sustainable economic and social development around the world.
The Hunter Foundation takes an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy. Its stated mission is to eradicate poverty and to ensure access to education for all, but its strategy is to invest in model solutions, in partnership with others, leveraging its investments to inspire additional funding. This model of “pilot, prove, adopt” has been applied to launch many philanthropic initiatives in partnership with governments and other philanthropies. He used this approach of “catalytic funding” to move the Scottish government to match and exceed the funds he invested in some of Scotland’s lowest performing schools. The Hunter Foundation endowed the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Stratchclyde, from which he graduated with a degree in business, to support new generations of entrepreneurs. His commitment to eradicating poverty has found outlets in the Make Poverty History Campaign and Live 8. He found a partner in former U.S. President Bill Clinton and created the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative, an international education partnership to educate more than 200,000 children in Rwanda and Malawi each year.
In 2005, the man who built a business from the back of a van was knighted by the Queen. And as Sir Tom Hunter, he and Marion committed to the Giving Pledge, promising to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy, and not burden their children with affluence.
The list of initiatives Her Highness has spearheaded is long and paints a portrait of a remarkable woman. She is the chair of the world-renowned Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. As such, Her Highness is instrumental in Qatar’s development as a vanguard of social, economic, and technological advancement. As founder of the Shafallah Centre, she brought special education and dynamic new therapies to children with disabilities. Her Highness was the long-time chair of the Supreme Education Council, guiding Qatar’s education policies and reforms. In addition, she was the driving force behind the International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq, the Silatech initiative to address the growing challenge of youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa, and Education Above All, a policy research and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the right to education in conflict-affected areas.
Her Highness’s vision and leadership are further demonstrated by her creation of the Sidra Medical and Research Center, for which she serves as chair. The center will both prepare medical students and provide the finest healthcare available to the people of Qatar and the Gulf region. With a special emphasis on the health of women and children and with its cutting-edge research center, Sidra will transform the geography of medicine and improve health outcomes the world over.
But perhaps Her Highness’s most stunning accomplishment has been the creation of Education City, a consortium of world-renowned universities and research institutions that have made Doha their second home, including Virginia Commonwealth University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Texas A&M University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, and Northwestern University.
The world has taken notice of Sheikha Moza’s remarkable achievements, and in 2010 she was invited to be a member of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group, which addresses the issue of universal education. Two years later, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon invited Her Highness to be a member of the steering committee of the Global Education First Initiative.
In 2006, on the occasion of receiving an honorary doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, Her Highness quoted Andrew Carnegie in her speech to the graduates. “He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.” She is an extraordinary exemplar of Carnegie’s pronouncement. Sheikha Moza is a leader for our times, who has made the future of her country the focus of her life. She has given generously of her time and resources to benefit Qatar, and we are all the richer for it.
His pioneering use of mathematical models and scientific principles to achieve success in business, and then his decision to retire from business and to devote the rewards of that success to doing real and permanent good in this world is a testament to the path that Andrew Carnegie forged.
Jim Simons is surely the first Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy recipient to have a theory in geometry named after him, and doubtless the only one who could explain the principles of “Chern-Simons theory.” Simons became a brilliant and renowned mathematician, teaching at MIT, serving as chair of the Mathematics Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and winning the field’s highest accolade, the Veblen Prize, in 1976. An extraordinary career in business followed an extraordinary career in academia. Using mathematical models and statistical methods, Simons started a private investment fund that skyrocketed to become one of the top-performing hedge funds in the world. Having worked as a mathematician, a professor, a cryptologist, and then a hedge fund manager, perhaps it was no surprise that he named the company Renaissance Technologies.
Jim Simons followed his careers in academia and in business with an exceptional third act: philanthropy. Together with his wife, Marilyn Simons, an economist he met at Stony Brook University, he founded The Simons Foundation, which Ms. Simons now runs. Their investments in mathematical and physical sciences, in life sciences, and in autism research have provided millions of dollars to provide a deeper understanding of our world. Ms. Simons has been, for twenty-five years, the steward and the shepherd of the Simons Foundation’s mission. She has overseen the growth of the Simons Foundation to its current position as one of the country’s leading private funders of basic research. Mr. and Ms. Simons also serve as benefactors to Stony Brook University, the Berkeley Institute, and others—all in the service of furthering the study and application of math and science in the United States.
Mr. Simons is also the driving force behind Math for America, an organization that seeks to improve the state of math education in America. His notion was that by providing training and mentoring to both prospective and veteran math teachers, he could recruit and retain a highly-qualified, highly-motivated, and highly-respected cadre of math and science teachers, who would in turn inspire and produce the next generation of engineers, analysts, and thinkers.
A physicist by education and a specialist in radio electronic technology, he began his business, VimpelCom, from scratch in 1992 and built it into one of the leading Russian wireless telecommunications companies. In 1996, VimpelCom became the first Russian company since 1903 to be listed on the New York State Exchange; its “BeeLine” cell phone service now has over 10 million subscribers in Russia.
At age 70, he decided to retire from active management of the company he built, and used his experience and expertise to create the Dynasty Foundation. The Dynasty Foundation, which he founded and endowed, and for which he served as chairman for eight years, provides millions of dollars to support fundamental research in the exact and natural sciences. Though Dynasty’s focus is on the sciences, it also gives generously to groups working with at-risk children and their families to prevent adolescent homelessness.
Since its founding, the Dynasty Foundation has sought out and supported talented scientists, science teachers, science students, and science enthusiasts through generous grants, stipends, scholarships, competitions, lectures, seminars, and publications. The foundation sponsors grants competitions not only for students but also for math and science teachers, in order to reward and encourage outstanding work. He also created the aptly named “Enlightenment Prize,” which celebrates non-fiction literature in the natural sciences and in the humanities. He began a new popular science festival called ScienceArtFest to make science fun. The Dynasty Foundation has changed the landscape of science education in Russia.
He has said that “philanthropy is an inevitable process for a businessman. You have to give something back.” Andrew Carnegie would surely agree, and applaud the combination of business acumen and scientific inquiry that Dr. Zimin applied to his philanthropy. Like Andrew Carnegie, he retired from business and devoted himself to the “dissemination of knowledge and understanding.”
The story of the Wolfson family has much in common with the story of Andrew Carnegie. Born in 1897 to Eastern European Jews who emigrated to Scotland, Isaac Wolfson, the grandfather of Dame Janet, worked as a boy in his father’s store but in 1926 joined Universal Stores, a small mail-order company. Some six years later, Isaac Wolfson was managing director of what had become Great Universal Stores, and was by 1946 named chairman of the company, a position he held for thirty-eight years. But just as Carnegie said “surplus wealth should be considered a sacred trust, to be administered during the lives of its owners, by them as trutees, for the best good of the community,” the man who was made a baronet in 1962 is famous for having said “No man should have more than ₤100,000. The rest should go to charity.” The Wolfson Foundation, which Sir Isaac founded in 1955 with his wife, Lady Edith Wolfson, and son Leonard (later Lord Wolfson of Marylebone), has given away—in 21st century figures—over ₤1 billion in support of science and medicine, health, education, and the arts and humanities.
Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy on behalf of the Wolfson Family. The philanthropic legacy of the Wolfson family is now being continued by Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton, a member of the third generation of the family to carry on the tradition of giving. She is a collector of contemporary art and was a Director of Christie’s International between 1994 and 1998, a trustee of the Tate Museum from 1992 to 2002, and the Chairman of Council for the Tate Modern from 1999 to 2002. In 1996 she donated sixty contemporary works of art to the Tate–a gift which has been described as being “crucial to the development of Tate Modern.” Dame Janet has been chairman of the Wolfson Foundation since 2010, and her stewardship both guarantees that the work continues and honors the legacy of her forebears.
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A believer in character, friendship, honor, and integrity, Henry Crown insisted that in America anything was possible—if you were willing to work for it. Demonstrating remarkable talent and ingenuity, along with a tremendous work ethic, Henry and his brothers launched the Material Service Corporation in 1919, which survived the Great Depression to become one of the most successful enterprises in America.
Beginning in 1947, the family has annually dedicated significant resources to philanthropy. In gratitude for opportunities only possible in the United States, they have given back abundantly to country and community. They have increased their philanthropy in pace with the family’s continued success, supporting numerous national and international organizations.
The Crown family’s generosity has extended to the arts, civic affairs, education, environmental projects, health, human services, and Jewish causes. From numerous basic research programs at Israeli institutions to the public school system in Chicago, their concern for others extends to more than 600 institutions annually. While their outreach is broad, their efforts consistently focus on building opportunities for others and addressing the needs of individuals at risk.
Through the decades, the family’s legacy of commitment to the care of others has been passed on to their children and grandchildren. Today even the great-grandchildren of Arie and Ida Crown are involved in helping to ensure continuation of the work all four generations have embraced as a core value of the family. We greatly esteem the social contract of engagement, trust, and participation by which they address the need for social change. On behalf of the many individuals and organizations that benefit from their unflagging generosity, we honor the kindness and the steadfast commitment of the Crown family.
In serving the city of St. Louis and the nation through three generations, the Danforth family exemplifies the very best that a determined individual and an outstanding family can accomplish for the benefit of others. It was eighty-four years ago that William H. Danforth, a pioneer of industry who founded Ralston Purina Company, along with his wife, Adda, and children, Donald and Dorothy, created the Danforth Foundation. Working through this foundation, the family began the practice of giving unstintingly of its time and wealth for the betterment of communities and institutions in their home city of St. Louis, and for the improvement of education throughout the United States.
The mission of the foundation has evolved to meet an ever-changing inventory of local and national needs. But what has never changed is the family’s generosity, manifested in more than $1.2 billion provided through some 4,700 grants that have touched the lives of tens of thousands of Americans. In 1998, knowing that the foundation was not intended to extend into perpetuity, with great foresight the family undertook a new philanthropic venture, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. They dedicated the center to improving nutrition and helping to feed the hungry, to preserving and enhancing the environment, and to making their city the world center for plant science. The foundation’s final endowment grant of $70 million was given to the Plant Science Center to help fulfill that promise.
Dr. William Danforth, is recognized as an esteemed physician and exceptional professor of medicine and as the chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, an institution he guided to national stature and to which he remains committed today. John Danforth is a dedicated public servant, who for eighteen years was a preeminent senator from the state of Missouri. A gifted statesman, he was appointed special envoy to Sudan and later represented the United States as Ambassador to the United Nations, where he focused on ending the twenty-year civil war in Sudan. Dr. William Danforth and Senator John Danforth are acknowledged for their individual accomplishments as well as the family’s longstanding and exemplary work in philanthropy.
Perhaps Stanley Druckenmiller’s Pittsburgh roots led him to be inspired by Andrew Carnegie. Like him, Druckenmiller is known for being fiercely competitive in business (and golf), setting the highest possible standards and pulling out all the stops to succeed. He resembles Carnegie in achieving success at a young age, in his willingness to take significant risks to reap extraordinary returns, and, happily, in his eagerness to use the fruits of his success to make a difference in people’s lives. After many years of generous support to various causes, Druckenmiller went even further, donating an additional $705 million to his family foundation. These funds have already begun to flow out to worthy institutions. One early beneficiary was the Harlem Children’s Zone, an outstanding organization he helped build. He chairs the board of this community-based nonprofit, which serves approximately 17,000 children, combating poverty through education, health care, and job training.
Fiona Druckenmiller has also had a stellar financial career and devotes great time and effort to the family’s philanthropy. A trustee of New York University’s Langone Medical Center and a constant advocate for its work, she joined her husband in giving $100 million to launch its Neuroscience Institute, because, as she noted, “Breakthroughs in neuroscience and stem cell research will yield huge benefits in both quality and length of life… The brain is one of the last great frontiers in medicine, and advances in related research could help both the individual and society function at a higher level.” An ordained interfaith reverend, she is also a member of the leadership council of the New York Stem Cell Foundation and has served on the board of many organizations devoted to education, the arts, human rights, and medical research.
We wholeheartedly applaud Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller because of the sacrifices they have made, the care and concern they lavish on the causes they espouse, and the example they set by giving of their wealth in the same adventurous spirit with which they earned it.
His early years were filled with hardship. At the age of twelve, he was forced to flee with his family to Hong Kong to escape the perils of war. Soon after, his father died of tuberculosis and, as the eldest son, he had to abandon school to become the family’s provider, an experience that gave him a deep appreciation of the need for better educational opportunities and health care. When he was only fourteen years old, he was laboring sixteen hours a day in a plastics manufacturing company. But by age twenty-two, he had his own factory that, in time, became the largest maker and exporter of plastics in Hong Kong. Today, as the chairman of the immensely successful global corporations, Cheung Kong Holdings and Hutchison Whampoa, he devotes much of his time and wealth to helping others.
The Li Ka-Shing Foundation, established in 1980, has provided more than $1.6 billion to support creative, constructive, and sustainable projects in education, health care, culture, and the arts. Shantou University, which he founded in 1981 in his hometown, is meant to engineer reforms in China’s education. His far-reaching altruism reflects his faith in the power of combined efforts, the importance of those who are too often overlooked, and the responsibility to lift one another up. As his foundation has grown, he has introduced Asia to a culture of giving. He serves as an example to others so that they may join him in a new spirit of philanthropy that will transcend the traditional values requiring wealth to pass through lineage. In his dedication to social progress, innovation, and creativity, he lives by Andrew Carnegie’s words, which could well be his own: “There is nothing inherently valuable in mere money worth striving for, unless it is to be administered as a sacred trust for the good of others.” For his sacrifice of time, energy, and resources to helping others regardless of race, class, or circumstance, we honor Li Ka-shing and offer our sincere thanks.
In his teenage years, during the Nazi occupation of his country, he undertook his first business venture and used the earnings to finance his education. After earning his degree, Kavli emigrated and put his entrepreneurial and scientific expertise to work in the United States, eventually founding the Kavlico Corporation, one of the world’s largest suppliers of sensors for aeronautic, automotive, and industrial applications. At the pinnacle of his success, he selflessly channeled the experiences and achievements of his lifetime into a campaign to further scientific research and education with the potential for positive and lasting impact on the human condition.
Kavli has written of his respect for Andrew Carnegie and of his feelings that his spirit and service wove philanthropy into the very fabric of the United States. Carnegie also shared Kavli’s appreciation of science, as this excerpt from a 1906 speech makes clear: “The recent discoveries that have startled the world are sublime, and appeal with intense force to the imaginative faculties of man. The scientific man of today lives in an atmosphere of wonder, arousing all his higher powers and compelling reverence.” Like Andrew Carnegie, Kavli is a global benefactor, sponsoring research institutes and scientific programs at leading universities in China, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Like Andrew Carnegie, having provided for his family, Kavli put the remainder of his assets into The Kavli Foundation. We are filled with gratitude and admiration for Kavli’s inspired philanthropy. We prize his dedication to work that has fostered a passion for knowledge in generations of people, and promises to do so for generations to come. Tusen takk.
As a connoisseur of contemporary art, Leonard Lauder is chairman emeritus and a major benefactor of the Whitney Museum of American Art, donating millions in important works of art as well as monetary support, and acting as an avid fundraiser. He is also a leader outside the art world: the co-founder and chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, a generous donor to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the Aspen Institute, and a member of the President’s Council of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Together with Evelyn he gave $50 million to establish the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which offers advanced outpatient services for cancer diagnosis and breast cancer detection and treatment.
Evelyn Lauder is a marvel. Not only is she senior corporate vice president of The Estée Lauder Companies, she is also a dedicated philanthropist, especially in the fight against breast cancer. She is the founding chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which has raised more than $330 million and supports researchers across the United States and around the world. She famously helped invent the pink ribbon, now an iconic symbol of breast health, and oversaw the distribution of close to 115 million pink ribbons worldwide. To focus global attention on breast cancer prevention, she also spearheaded the Global Landmarks Illumination Initiative. Now, during the month of October, pink lights shine on dozens of buildings and historic landmarks, from the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower to the Empire State Building. Many women around the world are alive and healthy today because of her unwavering commitment to this fight.
A century ago, Andrew Carnegie expressed no doubt about what mattered in life, and his words hold true today: “A man’s first duty is to make a competence and be independent,” he said. “But his whole duty does not end here…. It is his duty to contribute to the general good of the community in which he lives.” Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, for countless contributions to our community and the world, we offer our sincere admiration and thanks.
His philanthropy demonstrates a deep commitment to his Jewish heritage. Following his years as the U.S. Ambassador to Austria, he established the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation in Central and Eastern Europe, which reaches more than 3,000 young people each year with its message of education, empowerment, and engagement. Among other activities, the foundation provides core support for some thirty schools and kindergartens, and facilitates preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau site. As president of the World Jewish Congress, he travels the globe on behalf of Jewish communities from South America to Southeast Asia. He has been president of the Jewish National Fund since 1999, and has served as chairman of several key organizations serving the Jewish people, among them the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the International Public Committee of the World Jewish Restitution Organization. He also serve on the boards of other organizations too numerous to cite.
Jo Carole Lauder, too, is an outstanding supporter of the arts. She works tirelessly as chairman of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, which works directly with the Department of State to enhance the image of the United States abroad through American art in our embassies. Her degree in fine arts has been continuously called upon in her many significant roles, including leadership of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art as president and now president emerita. Her enduring commitment to MoMA includes service on its Contemporary Arts Council, as well as fundraising and other important committees, and she serves on the boards of other leading art institutions here and abroad. She has worked on several documentaries about significant people and places in the American arts. In addition, she devotes her time to Mount Sinai Medical Center, fundraising and serving on the board of trustees. She and her husband are major contributors to the Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder Newborn Intensive Care Unit and the Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder Center for Maternity Care.
Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder have no doubt discovered, as Andrew Carnegie did, that “the happiness of giving happiness is far sweeter than the pleasure direct.” For discovering so many ways to give happiness to people from their city and around the world, we gratefully commend you both.
Approaching philanthropy with an entrepreneurial mindset and an innovative toolset, they embraced “impact investing” long before the term was coined. Today, they have contributed more than $1 billion to provide opportunities for people who might otherwise be overlooked. Together, they established Omidyar Network, investing in for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that catalyze social, economic, and political change through areas such as microfinance, entrepreneurship, and property rights. Pamela Omidyar’s desire to curb injustice and create lasting global peace led her and Pierre to create and support the independent grantmaking organization Humanity United, to end mass atrocities and modern-day slavery. They created the nonprofit HopeLab, harnessing the power of technology to improve the health of young people by combining rigorous research with innovative solutions.
The impact of the Omidyars’ work is felt around the world but also at home in Hawaii, where their generous gift to the Hawaii Community Foundation and the creation of the Ulupono Initiative are sparking new ways of thinking about philanthropy. They have donated $100 million to Tufts University, their alma mater. The Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, which represents the largest single gift ever made to the university, aims to demonstrate the potential of institutional investment in microfinance funds. Their support and unique view of the world was instrumental in the creation of Tufts’ Tisch College of Public Service, heralded for its holistic and pervasive approach to citizenship and public service. The generous support they provide to critical-care organizations during times of natural disaster and civil unrest has meant the difference between life and death for untold numbers of men, women, and children.
We honor Pamela and Pierre Omidyar as rising leaders in philanthropy. We salute their altruism and ingenuity, and we eagerly await the exciting accomplishments their future holds.
Still firmly rooted in its home in Philadelphia, Pew is now active around the globe, applying fact-based solutions to such areas as the environment, health, and consumer safety, and in addressing state and economic issues. Its research has provided insight into political and social trends, and has guided policymakers in making informed decisions that benefit the public today and the generations to come.
The Pritzkers’ giving has tended to focus on their areas of passion. As a result, their philanthropy has come in the form of time, creativity, and money
On a national and international scale, the Pritzkers created and sponsored both the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Consortium
The former seeks to raise our awareness of the importance of architecture to our community and to our individual lives. The latter is a uniquely organized scientific effort that seeks to better understand the neurobiological and genetic causes of three major psychiatricdisorders: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
In Chicago, their activities cover a wide range of activities including health, education, the arts, and other civic activities.
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In 2001, he was elected the 108th mayor of New York City. Under his leadership, the city has flourished. Crime is down to record lows, high school graduation rates have reached record highs, New Yorkers are living longer than ever, and the city gets greener and greater every day. But today, we celebrate his philanthropy.
His support in the areas of public health, medical research, education, arts and culture, and social services is extraordinary. But what truly sets him apart is his approach to giving. He has not only generously funded tried and true institutions; he has taken risks on less proven programs and smaller organizations. He brings resources and attention to causes that have long been ignored—focusing on issues that are both specific and solvable, like his groundbreaking programs to reduce tobacco use, improve global road safety, and remove illegal guns from the streets of our cities. And across all of his giving there is a focus on innovation and a rigorous assessment of data.
We all rejoiced in the fact that the Chronicle of Philanthropy named him the country’s leading individual living donor in 2008.
Andrew Carnegie believed that wealth is a sacred trust that must be used for the good of the community, and Rahmi Koç’s commitments epitomize this ideal. We recognize him for his exemplary philanthropic accomplishments in the fields of education, health, and culture.
Through the work of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, the first private foundation in Turkey and now one of Europe’s largest, he has sought to improve the quality of Turkey’s healthcare system, to advance the country’s education, and to promote the cultural resources of Turkey through the many museums and research centers charged with protecting the country’s heritage. Alongside the Foundation’s investments, the Koç group of companies carries out multiple philanthropic initiatives. In addition, the family has supported many primary and secondary schools, and founded Koç University, whose laudable mission is to provide Turkey’s young people with a world-class education, to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and to benefit Turkey and humanity at large. Here in New York City, there will soon be a major announcement about their giving in the field of the arts. Koç family, we salute you for your continuing and outstanding philanthropy.
Through the work of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which they established in 2000 with a gift of some $5 billion, they have made great strides maintaining the Amazon basin; fighting the extinction of our earth’s rarest species; preserving marine ecosystems and advancing the field of marine microbiology; safeguarding the salmon of the Pacific Northwest; improving patient care and nursing in Bay Area hospitals; and supporting San Francisco’s science museums.
We also celebrate Gordon Moore as co-founder of Intel, a founding father of Silicon Valley, a seminal figure in the history of computing, and past distinguished Chairman of the Board of the California Institute of Technology.
Betty and Gordon Moore embody Andrew Carnegie’s deeply held belief that with education humankind can “erect the structure of an enduring civilization.” Their foundation’s $300 million commitment to Caltech, matched by their personal gift of $300 million, made the venerable Caltech the recipient of the largest-ever donation to an institution of higher learning, to the great benefit of the university’s students, science departments, Thirty Meter Telescope, and many other projects. But Caltech is not alone. They have supported such eminent institutions as the University of California at Berkeley and others that, like their foundation, are committed to basic science and excellence. Betty and Gordon Moore are and will remain an inspiration to current and future generations. This nation, indeed all nations, are grateful to you.
Joan Weill is an indefatigable supporter of cultural, civic, and philanthropic endeavors. Her generosity, along with her distinguished record of service, has benefitted a host of institutions, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation and Citymeals-on-Wheel, to name but two.
Sanford Weill has drawn on his vast experience as a leader in our country’s financial sectors to launch such impressive initiatives as a joint public-private sector partnership with the New York City Board of Education that established the Academy of Finance to prepare high school students for careers in financial services. He is the founder and chairman of the National Academy Foundation, which oversees more than 500 career-themed academies.
But that is not all. According to BusinessWeek, Weill giving has totaled more than $800 million. Their generosity, along with their distinguished record of service, has benefitted numerous organizations, including Sidra, a teaching hospital to be completed in 2011 in Qatar; New York Presbyterian Hospital; and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
If Andrew Carnegie were alive today, he would thank Joan and Sanford Weill for their imaginative giving, a testament to the fact that we cannot take our wealth with us, because shrouds have no pockets.
Presentation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eli Broad has held numerous leadership roles on boards around the country. He was the founding chairman and life trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and a life trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the California Institute of Technology, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1994 was named Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the Republic of France. He is a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution by appointment of the U.S. Congress and the President.
In an interview with “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer, Broad said, “I believe in two things: One, Andrew Carnegie said, “He who dies with wealth dies in shame.” And someone once said, “He who gives while he lives also know where it goes.”
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 environment policies.
Teresa Heinz accepted 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.
In Pittsburgh, the family helped to create and continues to support Carnegie Mellon University, named in honor of the family, as well as for its founder, Andrew Carnegie, who was a close associate of the Mellons. 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 fifty 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 Pittsburg institutions; and their many descendants. Different branches of the Mellon family who represent the breadth of the family’s giving accepted the award, including members of the Andrew Mellon family and the Richard King Mellon Family.
The family gives away between 8 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 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 accepted the Award on behalf of the family. He is a director on the boards of AlcoaInc., Mondelez International, and Board of Governors of the EastWest Center. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of University of Southern California, Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors, X Prize, and Cornell University. Tata is a member of the Harvard Business School India Advisory Board, and previously a member of the Harvard Business School Asia Pacific Advisory Board. He received the Padma Bhushan in 2000, one of the highest civilian honors awarded by the Government of India. 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.
Presentation in Dunfermline, Scotland
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).
Agencies of the AKDN include the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, the Aga Khan Foundation, the Aga Khan Education Services, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, the Aga Khan Health Services, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the Aga Khan University and the University of Central Asia. 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 promotion of pluralism and the strengthening of civil society are two 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.
George Cadbury was a modest yet extremely generous philanthropist who notably established the United Kingdom’s first self-supporting garden city, Bournville Village, in 1878, designed to provide affordable quality homes in a healthy environment for industrial workers. In 1901, George gave the village to the Bournville 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 and 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 Helen Cadbury, 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 United Kingdom 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.
In both his business and personal life, he has committed himself to using the resources available to him to help others. Amongst his many activities, he opened up his Kwik Fit centers 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. He 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.
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 Community and board member of Investors in People. He is currently Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. 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.
In 1999, Ford purchased Kwik Fit for over £1 billion. He now oversees an extensive portfolio of retailing, commercial property, and other business investments.
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.”
Ms. Gund was elected a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art 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.
She was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 1997. In recognizing Gund, the president said, “We can’t celebrate art today without celebrating the people who help us experience it. Aggie Gund has spent a lifetime bringing art into the lives of the American people.”
She is Chairman of Mayor Bloomberg’s Cultural Affairs advisory Commission in New York and a member of numerous charitable trusts, including the Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia), J. Paul Getty Trust (Los Angeles), The Menil Collection (Houston), and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, NY.
In the UK, Ms. Gund is a supporter of the Tate and Serpentine galleries, as well as the British Museum and the Royal Academy trust.
She has shown her affinity to Andrew Carnegie, as her quote attests: “I think everyone is proud of they can leave their children better off than they were. But there’s a difference between better off and hugely wealthy. I don’t think anyone needs to make huge amounts of money or inherit huge amounts of money without giving to the public good.”
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 its grantmaking totaled $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.
Representing the family at the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy was Eleanor Hewlett Gimon. In 1977 she joined the board of directors of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Family Foundation of North America and was also a trustee of Brown University for six years. She is also involved with the Flora Family Foundation, a foundation she created with her siblings to encourage the next generation to become active in philanthropy. In the spirit of Andrew Carnegie, Ms. Gimon noted “My father never expected to accumulate great wealth but when he did, it was clear to both of my parents that they had to give it away.”
In establishing the Foundation, they 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 by 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 totaled approximately $217 million in 2004. The Foundation has a grantmaking budget of approximately $200 million in 2005.
Susan Packard Orr accepted on behalf of the family. She founded Telosa Software, Inc. (formerly named TRAC, Inc.) in 1986. Telosa provides fundraising and donor management software for nonprofit organizations, and she has served as Telosa’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since the company’s inception. Prior to starting Telosa, she worked as a programmer at Health Computer Services at the University of Minnesota and as an economist at the National Institutes of Health. She is currently Chairman of the Board at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and is a trustee of Stanford University, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, the Stanford University Hospital, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, and the Packard Humanities Institute. She served for seven years on the board of Hewlett-Packard Company.
Ms. Orr noted, “… we’re very privileged to share this privilege with the other Carnegie Medal recipients today. Like Andrew Carnegie my mother and father felt it a great honor that the success of the Hewlett Packard Company allowed them to support efforts to secure a better future for us all.”
Presentation in Washington, DC
His convictions have permeated every aspect of his life and his work. Like Andrew Carnegie, Inamori began his own company at an early age—he was just 27 years old. And, like Andrew Carnegie, he was not born to wealth. Indeed, he started his company with a loan of $10,000 from a friend who gave him just one stipulation: “Never be a slave to money.” 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.
With each new step in business, he has advanced his core belief to give back to humanity. 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. In 1995, 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 of Wealth.
Moreover, the Sainsbury family, like Andrew Carnegie himself, put the same vision and fervor into their philanthropic efforts as they did in their great retail ventures. Today there are nineteen trusts, set up by eighteen different members of the family spanning over three generations, and they have provided the benchmark for British philanthropy over the past three decades.
Examples of these trusts are: 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; and The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. 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, who is going to accept the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy today on behalf of the family, established Gatsby in 1967. He was twenty-seven years old, and 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, guided by principles that sound as if they could have come out of the mouth of Andrew Carnegie himself: 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 ten years or more to improve substantially. Clearly defined aims, not the length of the grant, are important to the trustees.
The Carnegie institutions are deeply grateful to the Sainsbury family for the enormous generosity they have shown to the world over the years.
Presentation in New York, New York
Walter Annenberg is a distinguished publisher, United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James, founder of The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He is the founder-trustee of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships and the Eisenhower Medical Center, emeritus Trustee of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania, and The Peddie School, among others. A recipient of many honors and awards, including the National Medal of Arts and the Medal of Freedom.
And Leonore Annenberg: committed philanthropist, dedicated civic leader, patron of the fine arts, and ambassador for all that embodies the spirit and hope of America, working side-by-side with her husband and partner of fifty years, has served and continues to serve with distinction on the boards of some of this country’s most important institutions, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the University of Pennsylvania and, of course, the Annenberg Foundation.
Several years ago Mr. Annenberg exhibited his extraordinary faith in education and his belief—shared by Andrew Carnegie—that education is a ladder that can lift up anyone to the greatest heights, by creating the Annenberg Challenge Grant, the largest single gift ever made to American public education. This $500 million program of challenge grants—which generated over a billion dollars in matching funds—was designed to energize, support and replicate successful K through 12 school reform programs throughout the country and celebrated our national conviction that a democratic society has an obligation to educate all students well, especially in light of the economic realities of the new century. Like no other individual act by an American citizen, the Annenberg Challenge Grant program announced, with pride and conviction, that education was the number one priority of our country and signaled our abiding faith in a future of hope and promise for all Americans.
During her husband’s tenure as United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James Mrs. Annenberg brought her distinctive taste, style, and elegance to the royal court and later, in Washington, D.C., served her country with the same grace and diplomacy in the capacity of Chief of Protocol, with the rank of Ambassador. She has been nationally celebrated as a great champion of the arts and of education and recognized internationally with awards from the governments of Italy and the Netherlands. For Great Britain, she created the American Friends of Covent Garden; for the United States, she has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. And always, she has woven together the themes of art and education, culture and public service, knitting together a tapestry of honor, service, and vision that puts our nation and many others around the world, deeply in her debt.
She has seen New York City in good times and bad times, but she has also seen it always reassert itself with pride, assurance, and confidence, just as she has done throughout her life. She is the first lady of our city, not only in terms of taste, elegance, style, and grace, but also in the realm of philanthropy. She has bridged the gap between the elite and the general populace; between the familiar and the esoteric; between hope and practicality. Today, almost every important institution and organization in our city, from the great to the small, bears her mark. For more than forty years, the philanthropy of the Astor Foundation, as well as her personal giving and generosity, has enriched New York City and the nation as well.
She has given more than $200 million to institutions ranging from the New York Public Library to the New York Zoological Society, the New York Botanical Garden, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the South Street Seaport, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall and countless others, and she has given with grace and an openness of heart that has set the standard for both obligation and philanthropic largesse. Like Andrew Carnegie, she has always believed that much is expected from those to whom much has been given.
If Andrew Carnegie were with us today, he would thank Ms. Astor personally for her unswerving commitment to the public good, for spreading hope and good will throughout our city, for rewarding excellence, and for responding with great charity when she saw great need. And, as her centennial approaches, Mr. Carnegie would also want to congratulate her, sincerely and with deep appreciation, for the inspiration that her philanthropy has brought to countless numbers of her fellow citizens.
We honor her today for her achievements as president of the Aaron Diamond Foundation, which she and her late husband established in the 1950s, and which gave away more than $220 million to philanthropic cause. Under her leadership the foundation embarked on a major funding program and a ten-year payout that ended in December 1996. During that time it distributed all of its assets to hundreds of programs, mostly in New York City, in arts and culture, medical research, minority education, human rights, and civil liberties.
The foundation’s emphasis on medical research made it the nation’s largest private supporter of AIDS research. It also played a pivotal role in establishing the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center for the City of New York, which opened in 1991. In her newly organized personal giving program, The Irene Diamond Fund, she continues to support those causes close to her heart, including the Juilliard School, Young Concert Artists, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Human Rights Watch.
As a senior story editor in the film industry at a time when few women held that position, she “discovered” the property that became Casablanca, one of the greatest films of the 20th century. As a talent scout she was instrumental in bringing two great actors—Robert Redford and Burt Lancaster—to Hollywood. For those achievements alone, generations of movie fans throughout the world are forever in her debt.
For her trail-blazing gifts to combat the scourge of AIDS and to educate the public about the disease and for her lifelong commitment to the philanthropic ideals of Andrew Carnegie, the institutions which he founded present the inaugural Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy to her with pride and admiration.
We Honor the Gates family for their faith in Andrew Carnegie’s “Gospel of Wealth,” and for celebrating it as a true clarion call to those who have great resources, urging them to use their wealth in the service of humanity. Indeed despite the pressures of shepherding one of the world’s leading companies, Bill and Melinda have had the wisdom and foresight to understand that their true legacy will arise from the great good they have done—and will do—as philanthropists, working to help develop and deploy life-saving vaccines, ease human suffering by improving global health equity, and to promote education and learning on a worldwide basis. It is a testament to the Gates family and their dedication to the ideals of philanthropy that the Gates Foundation has become one of the largest and most important foundations active in the world today.
Drawing on his decades of experience as an attorney and as a trustee, officer, and volunteer for more than two dozen Pacific Northwest organizations, William H. Gates, Sr. has been instrumental in providing guidance and help in developing strategic direction for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is his example of generosity and unselfish giving, his love of community and of literacy, and his dedication to the progress of our nation that have inspired his son and his daughter-in-law to follow in his footsteps and become generous and deeply caring philanthropists whose largesse benefits not only our own nation but many others around the world.
Their far-ranging philanthropy encompasses the extraordinary and innovative Library Program, which is committed to bringing computers with Internet access to every public library serving a low-income community in the United States and Canada. States, cities, and provinces that stretch from the Yukon Territory to Texas and from New York to California have received computers and thus free access to information for more than 140 million people—almost half the population of North America. The International Library Program has similar goals, striving to close the digital divide for all the people of the world. Surely, if Andrew Carnegie were with us today, he would be the first to applaud this new chapter in the cause that was perhaps dearest to his heart: the development and proliferation of libraries as the true schoolroom of the world, open to everyone.
The contributions of the Rockefeller family are staggering in their extraordinary range and in the scope of their contribution to humankind. As Rockefeller University this year celebrates its own centennial—one hundred years dedicated to scientific excellence for the benefit of humanity—we must also take note of the many other far-reaching benefactions of the Rockefeller clan that have literally affected the lives of millions and brought hope, education, research breakthroughs, medical advances, food programs, health care, and so much else to people in every walk of life, in every corner of the globe. Through the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the creation of the University of Chicago, Spelman College and so many other institutions and endeavors such as the creation of Colonial Williamsburg, the Rockefeller family has enriched humankind and made the name Rockefeller synonymous with generosity, excellence and a vision of international relationships founded on mutual respect and goodwill.
Perhaps the best way to honor this great family is to honor David and Laurance S. Rockefeller, two of the most outstanding representatives—indeed, symbols—of this unparalleled family. Both of them have combined public service, civic commitment and private philanthropy in the service of not only our own city of New York but of the state, the nation, and the world, as well. And while their interests may vary, they have always complemented each other in preserving our heritage and advancing knowledge.
The network of foundations he has created operates in more than thirty countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Central Eurasia, as well as in Southern Africa, Haiti, Guatemala, and the United States. These foundations are dedicated to building and maintaining the infrastructure and institutions of a truly open and free society. He has also founded other major institutions, such as the Central European University and the International Science Foundation. Through his foundations and his philanthropic ventures, he has given nearly $3 billion to create the better world that he has envisioned for all of humankind.
A native son of Hungary and survivor of the Nazi occupation, he has championed the cause of learning and education as a way of ensuring that human beings, no matter where they are born or the struggles they must endure, have a chance to create a life of hope, peace, and security. He is a financial guru looked up to and admired by scores of international captains of industry as well as individual investors and financiers.
He is a prolific author of books, essays, and articles. His unique understanding of international economies and societies has enabled him to link the worlds of business and intellectual pursuits and of culture and education in order to help people around the globe lead more meaningful and liberated lives.
Through the Turner Broadcasting System, the Goodwill Games dedicated to promoting world peace, through the Better World Society, and the Turner Tomorrow Awards, he has raised the awareness of millions of people around the globe, introducing them to each other as fellow citizens of Planet Earth with the same hopes for peace, the same desire for dignity, the same need for a safe and healthy world in which to grow up and live. He has been a champion of the environment, speaking out—in word and in deed—on behalf of cleaner transportation, sustainable population growth, wilderness conservation, and greener business. And his daring, path-breaking gift of $1 billion over ten years to support the programs of the United Nations Foundation in the areas of women and population, children’s health, the environment, and peace and security, as well as his founding of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a foundation committed to reducing the global threat of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, coincides with a crucial turning point in the story of humanity. Today, when we are poised at the edge of a future that can either bring great hope or deep despair, his efforts to improve the lives, health and environment of all the peoples of the world are at the vanguard of those striving to ensure that history will record the fact that we met the challenge and turned away from anger and ignorance to embrace peace, hope, and respect for all our fellow men and women.