Sir James D. Wolfensohn

Wolfensohn Family Foundation

Medal Citation


There was no question of how much money you have or what can you give, it was what can you do? Will you be able to help? Will you be serious about what you’re doing? And that’s another thing about philanthropy in this country — people can make a contribution with or without money. You have to work on it, you have to believe in it and you have to try and persuade your colleagues and other people that what you’re trying to do really matters. That’s the message I got in this country. The doors are always open and what is needed is someone to walk through them who really wants to do some work.