Carnegie and philanthropy: lessons for today

Document type
Brown, Gordon
Smith Institute
Date of publication
26 February 2004
Social Policy
Personal subject(s)
Carnagie, Andrew, 1835-1919
Social welfare
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This is the text of a speech given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the life and legacy of Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), the Scottish American entrepreneur and philanthropist. It focuses on Scotland as Carnegie’s birthplace and later recipient of his philanthropic activities, notably in education and free library provision. The speaker goes on to examine how Carnegie’s desire to empower people can be applied today to issues including community engagement, corporate social responsibility and the role of individual, community and state. This document also includes a brief biography of Andrew Carnegie.

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