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Winners of 2015 Carnegie Medals of Philanthropy Announced

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced the winners of its 2015 medals of philanthropy. The awards recognize those who have “dedicated their private wealth to the public good and who have impressive careers as philanthropists,” according to the Carnegie’s website.

This year’s awardees are Charles F. Feeney, Paul G. Allen, Jeremy and Hanne Grantham, the Haas family, Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Robert B. Menschel and Richard L. Menschel, and David M. Rubenstein.

Quite a few of this year’s medalists support arts. The Haas family has sponsored the arts library at Yale. Paul Allen, of Microsoft fame, recently announced that he’ll fund a new arts center in Seattle. The Jacobs are supporters of the Museum of Photographic Arts, which has a theater named in their honor. And Rubenstein is both chairman of the Kennedy Center’s board and a regent at the Smithsonian.

Founded in 2001, the medals have been given every other year to recipients including Agnes Gund, Eli Broad, and Michael Bloomberg. The award will now be awarded annually, starting this year.