The Carnegie Endowment’s century-old reputation for integrity and excellence is its most prized asset. As it seeks funding, beyond what its endowment provides, to strengthen and expand its unique global network of policy research centers, it will do nothing to compromise the principles and practices that underlie its reputation.
Carnegie does not take institutional positions. Its scholars are free to reach their own conclusions. The Endowment judges only the quality of their work: breadth of knowledge, analytic depth, and capacity to make an impact on real world outcomes. These priorities enable the Endowment to attract and retain individuals who combine the best scholarship with high level experience in government, international institutions, and other policy making settings.
The Endowment is non-partisan in its staff and Board composition. It does not lobby or maintain a 501(c)(4) political arm. It is a registered public charity, reflecting the diversity of its donors. It is sensitive to the politics and culture in the diverse settings where it operates.
Carnegie is honored to work with donors and partners who share its institutional goals and mission.
Potential sources and terms of support are carefully reviewed to ensure Carnegie’s institutional integrity and scholars’ independence. As a matter of policy, we do not allow donors prior approval of drafts, influence on selection of project participants, or any influence over the findings and recommendations of work they may support. In short, we do not accept support with explicit or implicit quid pro quos attached.
Carnegie values transparency. It publishes an annual list of donors in categories of grant/gift amount. Particularly given the political sensitivities in the regions where Carnegie centers operate, we respect requests from individual donors for anonymity. These instances are rare.
Donors to particular projects are acknowledged in publications, Congressional testimony, and at conferences, seminars, workshops, and Track II meetings.
Carnegie’s reason for being is to improve governance and decision making in international affairs: to make a positive impact on the world through impartial research and analysis. We are grateful for the generous support of donors who enable us to do this work, and we continue to seek partners whose vision, integrity, and goals parallel and complement our own. They gain from Carnegie’s knowledge, experience, and wide international network, and we learn from them.
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– Kevin Rudd
Former Australian Prime Minister
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– General Martin Dempsey
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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Former Secretary of State
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Former Secretary General
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Executive Chairman of Google
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Undersecretary of State
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Prince Turki Al-Faisal
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U.S. Secretary of Defense