Several prominent American philanthropists are being honored Thursday afternoon by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for their contributions in the areas of the arts, cancer research, citizenship, culture, education, the environment, health care, science, and technology.
The winners of the 2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy are:
- Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft
- Charles Feeney, the founder of Atlantic Philanthropies
- Jeremy and Hanne Grantham, environmental philanthropists
- The Haas family, founders of the William Penn Foundation and longtime Pennsylvania givers
- Jon Huntsman Sr., founder of the Huntsman Cancer Institute
- Irwin and Joan Jacobs, prominent San Diego area donors
- Robert and Richard Menschel, financier brothers who have give extensively in New York
- David Rubenstein, a co-founder of the Carlyle group and a major supporter of cultural nonprofits in Washington D.C.
The awards are given annually. Awardees are nominated by officials from the more than 20 Carnegie organizations throughout the United States and Europe and chosen by seven representatives from those organizations.
The winners are philanthropists the Carnegie Corporation considers heirs to the 19th-century businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s goal of doing "real and permanent good" in the world.
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