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The corporation was established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of the democracy.
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- Education: More and better opportunities for American students to learn the skills they need to compete in a global economy
- Democracy: To foster a pluralistic, vibrant democracy through the civic integration of immigrants, support for nonpartisan voter registration and education, and voting rights
- Higher Education and Research in Africa: Supporting scholars, academic institutions, and continental networks expanding Africa’s potential as a knowledge-based, globally competitive economy
- International Peace and Security: To build a more secure, peaceful, and prosperous world through independent, expert analysis addressing critical global challenges and policy issues.
- Corporation awards the majority of its grants to support public agencies, universities, and public charities that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or their equivalent.
- The Corporation’s charter allows for a small percent of funding to be granted to nonprofit organizations based in countries that are, or have been, members of the British Commonwealth.
Note: Carnegie Corporation of New York does not seek, and only occasionally fund, unsolicited grant applications.
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