The 2022 award recipients were announced on August 3, 2022 at a Chronicle of Philanthropy webinar on women philanthropists. The Carnegie family of institutions awarded the medals during a formal ceremony hosted at Gotham Hall in New York City on October 13, 2022.
Inaugurated on December 10, 2001, by representatives from 22 of the institutions that Andrew Carnegie founded throughout the world, the medal was established at the centennial observance of the start of Mr. Carnegie’s official career as a philanthropist and is awarded every two years.
The goal of the medal is to inspire a culture of giving by celebrating innovative philanthropists and by informing the conversation about the field. The medalists are helping to make the world smarter, cleaner, healthier, and more equitable. By honoring their efforts, we seek to encourage others to join them in making the world a better place for all.
The medalists are individuals who share Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropic ideals of doing “real and permanent good in this world,” and are selected based on their roles as catalysts for good, seeking to create a world of positive change. To date, more than 65 philanthropists have been honored with the medal.
The criteria for selection are threefold: medalists must have a vision of philanthropy that reflects the ideals and breadth of Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy; the work of the philanthropist must have a sustainable track record; and the medalists must have made a significant impact on a particular field, nation, or group of people, either nationally or internationally.
The selection process consists of nominations from the leadership of the Carnegie family of 22 institutions founded by Andrew Carnegie. The selection committee is comprised of four members of the steering committee that organized the inaugural medal—Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Carnegie Trusts for the Universities of Scotland—along with two additional Carnegie institutions, which rotate onto the committee at each award cycle. William Thomson, great-grandson of Andrew Carnegie and former chair of Carnegie UK, is honorary chair of the selection committee.
Each recipient is presented with a bronze medal and a portrait bust of Andrew Carnegie —an original work of art cast in bronze and created exclusively for the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.