Announced at a ceremony making the one-hundredth anniversary of Andrew Carnegie's death, the recipients of the biennial award include Anne G. Earhart, president of the Marisla Foundation (Laguna Beach, California); George Lucas, founder of the George Lucas Family Foundation (San Rafael, California), and his wife, Mellody Hobson; and Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, board chair and president, respectively, of the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation (West Palm Beach, Florida).
The tenth cohort of Carnegie Medal recipients also includes Morton L. Mandel, board chair and CEO of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation (Cleveland, Ohio); Robert F. Smith, founding director and president of the Fund II Foundation (Washington, D.C.); Leonard Tow, founder and board chair of the Tow Foundation (New Canaan, Connecticut); and Ian Wood, founder and board chair of the Wood Foundation (Aberdeen, Scotland).
Established in 2001, the Carnegie Medal celebrates outstanding philanthropic leadership and the philanthropic values modeled by Andrew Carnegie and is awarded to philanthropists selected from among candidates nominated by twenty-two Carnegie institutions in the U.S. and Europe.
"My great-grandfather's most enduring legacy is his belief that mankind could always go onwards and upwards to achieve greater things, greater nobility, to benefit humanity," said William Thomson, honorary chair of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy selection committee. "It's our responsibility to plant the seeds today that will grow for the betterment of society well into the future. As Andrew Carnegie said, ‘To try to make the world in some way better than you found it is to have a noble motive in life.'"