Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, billionaire financier David Rubinstein, and six other individuals and families were named Tuesday as 2015 recipients of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, reports The Washington Post. The medals, to be presented in a private ceremony October 15, are awarded by the Carnegie Corporation to recognize the dedication of private wealth for the public good across a variety of causes.
The other 2015 recipients are Atlantic Philanthropies founder Charles Feeney; environmental philanthropists Jeremy and Hanne Grantham; the Haas family of Philadelphia; Jon M. Huntsman Sr., founder of the Huntsman Cancer Institute; San Diego donors Irwin and Joan Jacobs; and New York brothers Robert B. and Richard L. Menschel.
The Post article focuses on Mr. Rubinstein, co-chief executive of Washington, D.C.-based private-equity firm the Carlyle Group, a board member at numerous major cultural and educational institutions known for giving tens of millions of dollars to preserve U.S. historic sites. The Carnegie Medal, established in 2001 and given out every two years since, will be presented annually starting this year.