CARNEGIE CORPORATION

November 7, 2011

The Following article originated from DiscoverTheNetworks.com

Andrew Carnegie, the famous Scottish steel baron from Pittsburgh, established his Foundation in 1911 primarily to promote the "advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding." He believed that the wealthy had a moral obligation to give away their fortunes for projects that would benefit society at large, keeping for themselves only what was needed to support their own families. During his lifetime, he donated some $56 million to build 2,509 libraries in the English-speaking world. All told, he personally gave away over $350 million.

During the past few decades, the political leanings of the Carnegie Corporation (CC) have shifted leftward. Today CC believes that its mission is to serve as a catalyst for social change of a leftist nature. One notable individual who served on the Carnegie Board of Directors until recently was Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Senator John Kerry.

The Carnegie Corporation has four main program areas:

1) The Education program focuses on reforming urban schools and improving the literacy of immigrants. Among its chief financial backers is George Soros' Open Society Institute.

2) The International Peace and Security program focuses on reducing the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons; and on attempting to ban America's development of defensive space-based weaponry such as an anti-missile system. The major contributors to this program include the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

3) The International Development (ID) program focuses mainly on the continent of Africa. In a joint venture with the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, this program is currently attempting to use educational outreach to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS that is ravaging Africa. The ID program also works aggressively to bring to Africa both feminism and affirmative action programs whose beneficiaries are women.

4) The Strengthening U.S. Democracy program aims to “address both the structural and attitudinal barriers” that allegedly prevent young adults and immigrants (the citizenship status of the latter is not specified) from participating more fully in the electoral process. This program also condemns American national security measures such as the Patriot Act, which it says has "provoked fear and confusion in immigrant communities … disproportionately affecting those who are Muslim, Sikh and/or of Middle Eastern descent, including those who are U.S. citizens."

The Carnegie Corporation’s Chairman of the Board is Helene Kaplan, who served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on South Africa from 1985-1987. A Carnegie Corporation representative also sits on the steering committee of the Peace and Security Funders Group. 

Among the many recent recipients of Carnegie Corporation grants are the Tides Foundation; the Tides Center; the National Council of La Raza; People for the American Way; Alliance for Justice; the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN); the American Civil Liberties Union; the National Voting Rights Institute; the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense & Education Fund; Human Rights Watch; the Proteus Fund; the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy; the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund; the U.S. Public Interest Research Group; Public Citizen; Project Vote; the Union of Concerned Scientists; the Center for Community Change; the Gates Foundation Funds; the Search for Common Ground; the Paul Robeson Foundation; the American Bar Association; the Brookings Institution; the Africa Leadership Foundation; the African Women’s Development Fund; the Urban Institute; the Center for National Policy; the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; the Public International Law and Policy Group; Interfaith Alliance; the Interfaith Education Fund; Action Without Borders; the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse; the Cornell University Peace Studies Program; the Natural Resources Defense Council; the Economic Policy Institute; the Center for Public Interest Research; the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services; the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California; the Century Foundation; Asian Americans for Equality; the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Foundation; the National Black United Fund; the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund; the Institute for War and Peace Reporting; the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; the Immigrant Workers Citizenship Project; the American Association of People with Disabilities; the International Center for Technology Assessment; the League of Women Voters Education Fund; the Federation of American Scientists Fund; Citizen Action; Advocates for Youth; National Urban League; Crimes of War Education Project; Democracy Matters Institute; Earth Force; the Earth Day Network; the Center for Population Options; Resources for the Future; the Aspen Institute; the Rockefeller Family Fund; the Social Science Research Council; the Neighborhood Funders Group; the Environmental Law Institute; the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the National Organization on Disability; Rutgers University; Rock the Vote Education Fund; National Public Radio; Peace Games; the Center for Defense Information; the International Center for Transitional Justice; the Castillo Cultural Center; the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation; Duke University; the Center for Public Integrity; Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action; the International Peace Academy; the Center for Responsive Politics; the Fund for Peace; the Ploughshares Fund; The Working Group; Vital Voices Global Partnership; Women’s Project and Production; the William J. Brennan Jr. Center for Justice; and the Public Broadcasting System.

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