Carnegie Corporation of New York

The Carnegie Corporation of New York is a US-based philanthropic fund established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911.

Guided by its funder’s vision, the foundation devotes its effort toward international peace and the advancement of education and knowledge to support education activities across the United States, and later the world.

The Carnegie Corporation provided USD 19.8 million for development in 2020 through its grantmaking activities. Compared to 2019, this amount represents a decrease of 18% in real terms.

In 2020, the Carnegie Corporation provided USD 2.7 million of its total contributions for the COVID-19 response, representing 14% of its total gross bilateral development finance. Furthermore, 1% of total gross development finance was provided as health expenditure within the COVID-19 response.

In 2020, the Carnegie Corporation channelled its grants mostly through universities, research institutes and think tanks. No finance was extended to the multilateral system.

Most of these contributions were provided as project-type interventions and technical assistance such as capacity building, organisational effectiveness, and research grants or scholarships.

In 2020, the Carnegie Corporation’s development finance was primarily focused on Africa (USD 13.6 million) and Asia (USD 4.3 million), accounting respectively for 69% and 22% of gross bilateral contributions. Ten per cent of gross development finance was unspecified by region in 2020, mainly including multi-regional programmes and research grants.

In 2020, the top recipients of the Carnegie Corporation’s grants included South Africa, the People’s Republic of China and Egypt.

The Carnegie Corporation allocated 13% of this development finance to middle-income countries in 2020, noting that 87% was unallocated by income group.

In 2020, 89% of the Carnegie Corporation’s contributions were allocated to social infrastructure and services and 4% to economic infrastructure and services. In terms of sectors, the Carnegie Corporation’s largest allocations went to education and government and civil society. Moreover, bilateral humanitarian aid amounted to USD 300 000.

In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Carnegie Corporation committed most of its contributions to SDG 17 (partnerships for goals), SDG 4 (quality education) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Moreover, USD 4 million (20%) supported gender equality and women’s empowerment (SDG 5).

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The methodological notes provide further details on the definitions and statistical methodologies applied, including core and earmarked contributions to multilateral organisations, the SDG focus of private development finance, channels of delivery, unspecified/unallocated allocations, the gender equality policy marker, and the environment markers.

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