Carnegie Corporation of New York
A grant making foundation established in 1911 to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding,” the Corporation seeks to carry out Carnegie’s vision of philanthropy, which he said should aim “to do real and permanent good in this world.” The program areas that are now the focus of the Corporation’s work have evolved over time, adapting to changing circumstances as Carnegie wished. While current program directions have been designed to correspond with the Corporation’s historic mission and legacy and to maintain the continuity of its work, they are intended to serve as catalysts for change.
One of the the country’s earliest performance arts complexes,Carnegie Hall opened its doors in New York City on May 5,1891, and early on set a high standard for musical excellence both nationally and internationally. For more than a century it has remained the premier showcase for many of the world’s finest artists.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Established as a public trust in 1895, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the citizens of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County through its 19 neighborhood locations,including the Main Library and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895, the museums today are a collection off our creative, inspiring, thought-provoking places—Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum.
Carnegie Mellon University
Founded in 1900 under the name “Carnegie Technical Schools.” Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has evolved into a multi-disciplined university with strengths in scientific research, the arts, and humanities.
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Based in Washington, D.C., the Carnegie Institution was founded in 1902 as an independent research organization whose mandate was to enhance basic knowledge in a variety of scientific disciplines, which currently include the fields of astronomy, biology, geophysics, ecology, and embryology.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Like other internationalists of his day, Carnegie strongly believed that war could be eliminated by stronger international laws and organizations. On his 75th birthday, November 25, 1910, Carnegie rekindled a long-standing belief that world peace was an achievable goal by announcing the establishment of the Endowment for International Peace, to be located in Washington, D.C., with a gift of $10 million. “I am drawn more to this cause than to any,” he wrote. In his deed of gift, Carnegie charged trustees to use the fund to “hasten the abolition of international war, the foulest blot upon our civilization.”
The Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching
Founded in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Stanford, Calif., is an independent policy and research center whose charge is “to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education.”
Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
Founded in 1914, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education in the field of ethics and international affairs. The Carnegie Council exists to provide leadership, guidance, education, and a home for those seeking to relate insights and resources of the world’s moral traditions to the most urgent issues of our time.
The Carnegie Dunfermline Trust
The Trust in Dunfermline, Scotland, Carnegie’s birthplace, was founded in 1903 to bring “sweetness and light” to the citizens of Dunfermline. There remain few areas of life in the town not touched by Carnegie’s desire to improve the overall quality of life of its citizens.
The Carnegie United Kingdom Trust
Located in Andrew Carnegie House, Dunfermline, Scotland, the Trust was founded in 1913 with a gift of $10 million “for the improvement of the well-being of the masses of the people of Great Britain and Ireland…” Given full freedom in using the Trust’s resources, the trustees initially funded a variety of worthy projects, which included new public libraries, church organs, and village halls. Over time, the legacy has evolved to support a variety of community needs in the arts, social services, the environment, and rural development. Unusual in the United Kingdom, the Trust combines grant giving with policy analysis and research, followed up by action to achieve change.
The Carnegie Foundation and the Peace Palace
Carnegie’s wish, as founder of the Peace Palace, was to have a building to house the Permanent Court of Arbitration and to provide that court with a library on international law. The inauguration ceremony was held on August 28, 1913 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Attending the ceremony, Carnegie received a hero’s welcome from the public. In the presence of the Dutch Royal Family, Carnegie, and an international group of legal experts, Foundation President Jonkheer A.C.P. van Karnebeek symbolically handed over the ornate key to the Palace’s entrance gate to the Administrative Council of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
The Trust for the Universities of Scotland in Dunfermline was created in 1901, endowed by Carnegie’s gift of $10 million. In providing the gift, Carnegie wished to secure the financial base of the Universities and to remove tuition costs as a barrier for those “deserving and qualified youth” of Scotland.
Andrew Carnegie Birthplace
Located in Dunfermline, Scotland, 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Carnegie’s birthplace is the cradle of the ‘Star-Spangled Scotchman,’ the emigrant weaver’s son who spent many years forging a fortune in the steel furnaces of America, and then spent the remainder of his life as a philanthropist, donating most of what he had earned to causes in which he believed passionately.