Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy was established in 2001 to mark the centennial of Andrew Carnegie’s formal philanthropy. Medalists are nominated by all the Carnegie organizations throughout the United States and Europe, and selected by a Committee comprised of representatives of six of those institutions.

The Medal is awarded every two years to recognize individuals and families with exceptional and sustained records of philanthropic giving. Awardees’ philanthropic records embody Andrew Carnegie’s ideals that with wealth comes responsibility, and private wealth should serve the public good.

The Selection committee is composed of four permanent members—Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Carnegie Trusts for the Universities of Scotland—and two rotating members who join the committee each award cycle. Leaders from the 22 Carnegie organizations spend considerable effort to identify and nominate global philanthropic leaders.

2013 Awardees

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
Sir Tom Hunter
Drs. James Harris Simons and Marilyn Simons
Dr. Dmitry Zimin
The Wolfson family

The winners of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy 2013, seated in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, where the awards were presented on October 17, 2013. Pictured here, from left to right starting in the back row, are Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton, on behalf of the Wolfson family; Dr. James H. Simons; Dr. Dmitry Borisovich Zimin; Sir Tom Hunter; Dr. Marilyn H. Simons. Photo by Andrew Cowan. Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2013. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

Past Awardees


The Crown family
The Danforth family
Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller
Li Ka-shing
Fred Kavli
The Lauder family
Pamela and Pierre Omidyar
The Pew family
The Pritzker family


Michael Bloomberg
The Koç family
Gordon and Betty Moore
Joan and Sanford I. Weill


Eli Broad
The Heinz family
The Mellon family
The Tata family


The Cadbury family
Sir Tom Farmer
Agnes Gund
The Hewlett family
His Highness, the Aga Khan
The Packard family


Dr. Kazuo Inamori
The Sainsbury family


Ambassadors Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg
Brooke Astor
Irene Diamond
The Gates family
The Rockefeller family
George Soros
Ted Turner