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Oral history interview with Sara L. Engelhardt [electronic resource], 1997-1998.

Creator: Engelhardt, Sara L.
Project: Carnegie Corporation project. Pt. 2.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :transcript: 315 pages sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit) video file : digital preservation master, mxf files
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Foundation Executive.

Scope and Contents

(Sara Engelhardt (née Lawrence) b. 1943-); Childhood and early education; influence of father's career as a journalist, mother's leadership in community work; education: Wellesley College, B.A., English, 1965; Teachers College, Columbia University, master's degree in higher education; professional career in philanthropy: Carnegie Corporation of New York [Carnegie]: general duties as writer and researcher; program officer for philanthropy and non-profit organizations, women in higher education; assistant to corporate secretary, corporate secretary and grants administrator 1975-1987; reflections on culture of Carnegie in the 1960s and 1970s: generalist orientation of program officers, move from a formal culture to an informal one with an increased atmosphere of openness; reflections on leadership of John Gardner and his appreciation of Carnegie's role in shaping national policy; reflections on subsequent presidents including Alan Pifer and David Hamburg; reflections on gender issues and women's roles at Carnegie: reminiscences of Florence Anderson, Margaret Mahoney and Barbara Finberg in their leadership roles; restrictions of Carnegie charter on international grant-making; reflections on significant grants in field of women in higher education; role as working mother, encounters with sexism; policies and procedures regarding grant-making, archiving of and disposal of grant documentation; comparison of Carnegie to other foundations, changing landscape of American philanthropy: reflections on Charles Feeney and Atlantic Philanthropies; president, Foundation Center; differences among private and non-profit foundations; repercussions of Tax Reform Act; reminiscences of colleagues.


Access Conditions

Copyright for sessions 1-6 held by The Carnegie Corporation of New York, 1999. Copyright for session 7 held by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 2006.

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