Created by Andrew Carnegie to provide funding through grants, endowments, etc to support education and research projects. Its orignal intent was to provide communities with free libraries but it expanded to include international peace and justice programs and fine arts education.

The criteria for grants from the Carnegie Corporation is split. All projects that the Corporation funds must directly benefit the people of the United States. Andrew Carnegie wrote that into his will. The "exception" to that are countries who are or have been members of the British Commonwealth. Right now that basically means commonwealth Africa.

There seems to be a struggle within the Corporation to adhere to the basic ideas of Andrew Carnegie while acknowledging that the world isn't the same place it was in 1887. The new rubricks up for consideration seem to reflect that need to move the vision and direction into the current century where isolationism has not been United States foreign policy for decades.

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