President's Essay

The President's Essay is an occasional essay, written by the foundation's president, addressing an important issue or issues of our times

Recent President's Essays

Reflections on Encounters with Three Cultures

Reflections on Encounters with Three Cultures

Carnegie Corporation President Vartan Gregorian reflects on his experiences leading Brown University, the New York Public Library and Carnegie Corporation of New York. Each institution, writes Gregorian, is representative of a different nonprofit...

Transparency and Accomplishment: A Legacy of Glass Pockets

Transparency and Accomplishment: A Legacy of Glass Pockets

Essay focuses on the profound effects of foundations and their responsibility to the public good.

Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith

Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith

This book, which focuses on Muslim diversity and division, begins with an accessible overview of Islam's tenets, institutions, evolution, and historical role. Gregorian traces then traces Islam’s origins and fundamental principles, from Muhammad's...

Some Reflections on the Historic Roots, Evolution and Future of American Philanthropy

Some Reflections on the Historic Roots, Evolution and Future of American Philanthropy

The President's Essay is an occasional essay, written by the foundation's president, addressing an important issue or issues of our times

New Directions for Carnegie Corporation of New York: A Report to the Board

New Directions for Carnegie Corporation of New York: A Report to the Board

In his 1999 essay to the Board of Trustees, Vartan Gregorian presents an overview of current work and offers new strategic approaches to the foundation's work in education, peace and security, democracy and international development.

Strengthening Scholarship and Research in the Former Soviet Union

Strengthening Scholarship and Research in the Former Soviet Union

The essay chronicles the Corporation's decision to make grants toward higher education in the former Soviet Union.

Some Preliminary Thoughts

Some Preliminary Thoughts

In his first "President's Essay," Vartan Gregorian outlined the process through which he proposed to begin re-examining Carnegie Corporation.

A Perspective on Carnegie Corporation's Program, 1983 - 1997

A Perspective on Carnegie Corporation's Program, 1983 - 1997

Discussion of grantmaking strategy from the 1980s through early 1990s.

Education for Conflict Resolution: Can We Learn to Live Together?

Education for Conflict Resolution: Can We Learn to Live Together?

The Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict set out in 1994 to answer three questions: What are the problems posed by deadly ethnic, nationalist and religious conflict within and between states, and why is outside help often necessary to...

Preventing Contemporary Group Violence

Preventing Contemporary Group Violence

The world of the next century will be different in profound respects from any that we have ever known before―deeply interdependent economically, closely linked technologically and progressively more homogenized through the movement of information,...