Carnegie Corporation of New York, which was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding,” is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential of American grantmaking foundations.
The Corporation focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy. It serves as an incubator of ideas, a convener of scholars, educators, policymakers and others, and as a strategic investor in organizations and institutions that can demonstrably contribute to the betterment of our society.
Since its establishment in 1911, Carnegie Corporation has helped establish or endowed a variety of institutions, including 2,509 Carnegie libraries in the United States and abroad, the National Research Council, the Russian Research Center at Harvard, and the Children's Television Workshop. During Carnegie Corporation’s early years, support was provided to other philanthropic organizations created by Andrew Carnegie: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
Today, Carnegie Corporation’s national grantmaking supports the revitalization of democracy by funding new pathways both to educational and economic opportunity; and to citizenship, civic participation and immigrant integration in a pluralistic society. Our international grantmaking focuses on reducing direct threats to international peace and security while also investing in international development by supporting institutions and individuals in sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia, two regions of long-standing Corporation involvement.