A World of Giving: Carnegie Corporation of New York--A Century of International Philanthropy

A World of Giving: Carnegie Corporation of New York--A Century of International Philanthropy

by Patricia L Rosenfield

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The age of international philanthropy is upon us. Today, many of America's most prominent foundations support institutions or programs abroad, but few have been active on the global stage for as long as Carnegie Corporation of New York. A World of Giving provides a thorough, objective examination of the international activities of Carnegie Corporation, one of America's oldest and most respected philanthropic institutions, which was created by steel baron Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to support the “advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” The book explains in detail the grantmaking process aimed at promoting understanding across cultures and research in many nations across the world.

A World of Giving highlights the vital importance of Carnegie Corporation's mission in guiding its work, and the role of foundation presidents as thought and action leaders. The presidents, trustees, and later on, staff members, are the human element that drives philanthropy and they are the lens through which to view the inner workings of philanthropic institutions, with all of their accompanying strengths and limitations, especially when embarking on international activities. It also does not shy away from controversy, including early missteps in Canada, race and poverty issues in the 1930s and 1980s related to South Africa, promotion of area studies affected by the McCarthy Era, the critique of technical assistance in developing countries, the century-long failure to achieve international understanding on the part of Americans, and recent critiques by Australian historians of the Corporation's nation-transforming work there.

This is a comprehensive review of one foundation's work on the international stage as well as a model for how philanthropy can be practiced in a deeply interconnected world where conflicts abound, but progress can be spurred by thoughtful, forward-looking institutions following humanistic principles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610394291
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 4.00(d)

About the Author

As Senior Fellow at the Rockefeller Archives Center, Patricia L. Rosenfield is spearheading a project for the Ford Foundation, “Looking Back to Move Forward,” to draw on that foundation's history for its current and new programs. At Carnegie Corporation, she directed its Scholars Program, and earlier had chaired its program on Strengthening Human Resources in Developing Countries and International Development. Prior to joining Carnegie in 1987, she served at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where she was responsible for a program on social and economic research on tropical diseases. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and currently serves as director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and trustee of Future Generations. Rosenfield holds an A.B. cum laude from Bryn Mawr College, a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and an Honorary Doctorate from Mahidol University, Thailand. Rosenfield has written extensively on health, economics, and interdisciplinary research. She and her family live in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: In Trust for the Public 1

1 A Gift Becomes an Institution, 1911-1920 17

2 The Corporation after Carnegie: "Carrying on the… Beneficial Work," 1920-1923 50

3 Entering the World, 1923-1941 91

4 Engaging the Emergency and Re-engaging with the World, 1942-1954 143

5 Stability in Motion, 1955-1967 200

6 Calibrating the Focus, 1967-1982 260

7 Grand Explorations, 1982-1997 316

8 Work in Progress, 1997 to the Present 384

Conclusions: Looking Ahead to a Second Century of International Grant-making 464

Author's Note and Acknowledgments 483

Notes 495

Selected Bibliography 687

Index 715

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