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Oral history interview with Helene L. Kaplan, 2012.

Creator: Kaplan, Helene L., 1933-
Project: Carnegie Corporation project. Pt. 3.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :transcript: 75 pages. + index.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Lawyer, foundation chair.

Scope and Contents

Transition from leadership of David A. Hamburg to Vartan Gregorian as president of Carnegie Corporation: impressions of David A. Hamburg, hiring of Vartan Gregorian, changes in structure and style of Carnegie Corporation, changes in board of trustees; recollections of site visits in South Africa; leadership of D. Ellen Shuman; trustee involvement in investments; Carnegie Corporation relationship with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; relationship with other Carnegie institutions; discussion of philanthropic programs: immigration, Islam Initiative, journalism; ideas about the future of philanthropy: role of wealth, emerging problems, trends in private and political goals of foundations; impressions of Vartan Gregorian; left and returned to board of Carnegie Corporation; goals of Vartan Gregorian; hiring of David A. Hamburg: goals of David A. Hamburg, consultations with staff; presidential search committee: leadership of James A. Johnson; women on staff of Carnegie Corporation; comparison of nonprofit and for-profit boards; change in Carnegie Corporation investment practices; connection with other Carnegie institutions; public roles of board; criticisms of Carnegie Corporation; board procedures; increased appointments since 2003; relationship between foundations and governments; discussion of elitism.


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