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Dolly Parton to receive Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy – Billboard

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NEW YORK (AP) — Country superstar Dolly Parton, who made a major donation to help with coronavirus vaccine research in 2020, is one of the recipients of this year’s Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.

Dallas entrepreneurs Lydia Hill, Kenyan industrialists Manu Chandaria and Lynn and Stacey Schusterman from the Oklahoma investment family are also being honored.

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The award, presented by the Carnegie International Family of Institutions to honor innovative philanthropists, began in 2001 and is generally awarded every two years. It was not released in 2021 due to the pandemic.

The 2022 honorees will receive their medals at a private ceremony in New York on October 13. The priority of the ceremony is to encourage in-person meetings to encourage the exchange of ideas and potential collaboration – something this year’s honorees have already done, said Eric Isaacs, president of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Medal Selection. Committee member.

Parton’s $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received considerable attention. But his fellow honoree Hill, through his Lydia Hill philanthropy, was also an early donor to the work that would produce the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

“I was invested before anything happened,” Hill told the Associated Press. “One of the things Warren Buffett said stuck with me was, ‘Don’t do what other people can and will do. Do what other people can’t and won’t do. Take more risks.’ I’ve had to apply it to my philanthropic investments.”

Hill, who focuses her funding on advances in science and nature conservation, as well as supporting women in those careers, said she never got the Modern shot.

“Unfortunately,” said Hill, “when I went to get my vaccine, I rolled up my sleeve and said, ‘What did you get?’ And he said, ‘Pfizer.’ I said, ‘Okay.'”

Parton said in a statement that she was honored to receive the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.

“I’ve always believed that if you’re in a position to help, you should help, and I really hope I can be an inspiration to others to uplift those around me,” Parton Said who would join The Rock. and rolls into the Hall of Fame in November, and donates most of her donations through her Dollywood Foundation. “Whether through my Imagination Library or to give to COVID-19 research, I try to support things that hold a special meaning to me. I hope everyone can find something they have a passion to support and do whatever they can to help make this world a better place. ,

Isaac said the selection committee was taking its decisions keeping in mind the intense need created by COVID-19, with the pandemic being top of mind.

“Obviously, this is a very difficult time with the pandemic,” he said. “But we think environmental issues are probably equally, if not more, influential in the sense that as the environment warms, pandemics like COVID-19 are likely to become more frequent. I think we take a long view in terms of our selection. ,

In addition to making timely grants to meet current needs, Schusterman cites examples of philanthropists whose donations have made a long-term impact.

The Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation was established in 1987 to invest in systemic change in the United States and Israel in matters of justice and equity. When Charles died in 2000, Lynn Schusterman took over the foundation, expanded her work and became a vocal advocate for inclusion, especially for the LGBTQ community. In 2018, her daughter Stacy Schusterman took over the foundation, which last year changed her name to Schusterman Family Philanthropies and now also includes work in reproductive equity, voting rights and criminal justice — all hot-button issues this summer.

“I hope this kind of work will inspire other people to give more now,” Stacey Schusterman told the AP. “It’s important for people to give a meaningful percentage of their family’s wealth. And I think the partnership that can exist between philanthropy and the communities we want to help is important. Government all Can’t solve problems.”

She said that she is thrilled about her parents’ work and will be celebrating it with her mother.

“I’m really excited that we are being honored together,” she said. “It’s fun to be like that as a mother-daughter team.”

The Chandaria Foundation began as a family venture in the 1950s, though the Kenyan-born industrialist of Indian origin had to do some convincing before it even started.

When he first raised the issue, Chandaria recalled his father asking if there was anything wrong with him and whether he had lived in the United States for too long. “We are not Rockefellers,” Chandaria’s father told him. “You better get to work. There’s a big hole in there.”

But by 1956, he had founded a charitable organization providing scholarships in Kenya, and decades later, its work spread to building education and healthcare infrastructure in Africa.

“This is a fundamental tenet of Gandhian philosophy: If you have money, you do not own wealth,” said Chandaria, who also credits generosity for being a follower of the Indian religion, Jainism. “You really should go and help others who can’t help themselves.”

Isaac said the purpose of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy is to recognize the work of respected people in various fields and places. This year, the Carnegie Institutes will also launch the Carnegie Catalyst Prize to “celebrate the transformative power of human kindness,” which will go to World Central Kitchen, an anti-hunger nonprofit founded by Chef Jose Andrés.

The award was inspired by the late Warton Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and co-founder of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, who died in 2021.

Thomas H. Keane, President of the Carnegie Corporation, said, “The World Central Kitchen is an excellent model of how mankind can respond in times of dire need by activating the goodness inherent in others – an ideal that echoed the life of Verton Gregorian. and was embodied through the act.” The Board of Trustees of New York and the former governor of New Jersey said in a statement.



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