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International philanthropists awarded Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

Howard Lake | 17 October 2013 | News

Leading philanthropists from around the world are today receiving the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy at a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
The Medal is sometimes described as the ‘Nobel Prize of philanthropy’. It recognises those who use their private wealth for public good.
This year’s recipients are:

The Wolfson Foundation

Funded by the Wolfson family, th Foundation supports and promotes excellence across the UK. It provides funding across the themes of science and medicine, health, education and the arts & humanities.
Since it was founded in 1955, the Foundation has awarded £1.25 billion in real terms to 10,000 projects, including over £110 million in the last three years alone.
Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton, Chairman of the Wolfson Foundation, is receiving the Medal on behalf of the Foundation.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

Her Highness has played an active role with the United Nations for many years, including an appointment in 2003 as UNESCO’s Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education; and currently as a member of the UN Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group.
She is Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. She has launched many projects including the International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq, and the Silatech initiative to address the growing challenge of youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Sir Tom Hunter

Sir Tom and his wife, Lady Marion Hunter created The Hunter Foundation after building and selling Europe’s largest independent sports retailer in 1998 for £290m.
The Foundation supports enterprise and entrepreneurship throughout the education system working in schools, colleges and universities. It has also supported large scale campaigns on major global issues, and underwrote the Make Poverty History campaign and Live 8.

Dr. James H. Simons and Marilyn H. Simons

The Simons Foundation funds advancing the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.
Dr Simons is also the founder and Chairman of Math for America, which aims to improve maths education in US public schools.
Marilyn Simons has worked for various organisations improving academic options for children with special needs and youth in underserved communities. She is treasurer and former president of the Learning Spring School in New York, which serves children with diagnoses on the autism spectrum.

Dmitry Borisovich Zimin

Dr. Zimin founded the Dynasty Foundation in 2001. It supports and and promotes Russian academic fundamental science.

Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy Festival

The presentation of the Medals are the highlight of Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy Week 2013 which celebrates the huge impact made by the Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the global network of trusts and foundations he endowed.

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