The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced the recipients of the 2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, an honor bestowed on families and individuals around the world who believe, as Andrew Carnegie did, in dedicating their personal wealth to the public good.
Starting this year, the medals, which had been presented every two years, will be awarded annually. This year's Carnegie Medal recipients include Paul G. Allen, who through his company Vulcan Inc. and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is working to save endangered species, protect the oceans, uncover the secrets of the human brain, expand educational opportunities for girls, fight Ebola, and support the arts; Charles F. Feeney, founder of the Atlantic Philanthropies, which has awarded more than $7 billion in grants to promote education, health, reconciliation, and human dignity around the world; Jeremy and Hanne Grantham, who established the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment in 1998 to support efforts to protect the environment and advance climate mitigation activities; the Haas family of Philadelphia, whose members have supported efforts to foster learning, protect watersheds, and cultivate creative communities; Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., founder of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, which Huntsman established with his wife, Karen, to accelerate work on a genetically-based cure for cancer; Irwin and Joan Jacobs, who have played a key role in the San Diego arts community and provided support for the Jewish Community Foundation, the National Academy of Engineering, and the UCSD Foundation, among other organizations; brothers Robert B. and Richard L. Menschel, who together have provided support for the arts, criminal and social justice reform, and higher education; and Carlyle Group co-founder David M. Rubenstein, who has made a series of gifts in support of the arts, the preservation and restoration of historic documents and sites, and higher education.
"Through the Carnegie Medal, the members of the Carnegie family of institutions seek to celebrate the importance of philanthropy in society and to honor the exemplary, longstanding commitment demonstrated by the recipients," said Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian. "These extraordinary individuals and families reflect and carry on the vision of philanthropy embodied in the ideals of Andrew Carnegie, who believed that the rich are trustees of their wealth and are under a moral obligation to reinvest it in society in ways that promote the progress of society."