The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced the recipients of the 2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, which recognizes outstanding and innovative leadership in philanthropy and celebrates the philanthropic values modeled by Andrew Carnegie.
This year's Carnegie Medal recipients include Mei Hing Chak (also known as Meiqing Zhai), founder of the Heungkong Charitable Foundation, which is focused on funding education, poverty alleviation, and rescue/disaster relief efforts in China; H.F. "Gerry" and Marguerite Lenfest, who, through the Lenfest Foundation and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, support education and journalism initiatives; Azim Premji, founder of Azim Premji University and the Azim Premji Foundation, which is working to address inequities in India by improving the education system in that country; and Julian Robertson, who, with his late wife, Josie, founded the Robertson Foundation, which supports public education reform, medical research, and efforts to fight climate change.
The other recipients of this year's Carnegie Medal are Skoll Foundation founder Jeff Skoll, who through his media company, Participant Media, the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Capricorn Investment Group, and his foundation is working to address some of the greatest threats to mankind and the environment; Tompkins Conservation founder Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, who, with her late husband, Douglas Tompkins, acquired millions of unspoiled acreage in Chile and Argentina and donated it to the governments of the two countries for national parks; Shelby White, who founded the Leon Levy Foundation to continue the philanthropic priorities she shared with her late husband, including support for brain research, the study of ancient civilizations, historic preservation, and arts and culture; and former World Bank president James D. Wolfensohn, who has spearheaded efforts to combat global poverty and corruption and has supported a range of organizations working in the humanities, the sciences, and arts and culture.
"The recipients of the 2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy were selected for their distinguished and longstanding contributions to the public good," said Carnegie Corporation of New York president Vartan Gregorian. "The medal reflects Andrew Carnegie's enduring legacy of philanthropy and is rooted in two core principles. First: with wealth comes responsibility. Second: individuals, whether guided by religious, civic, humanistic, or democratic aspirations, have the transformative power to use wealth for the betterment of humankind."