We are built for this moment.
Carnegie Council was founded in 1914, in a moment not unlike today, when the world urgently needed ethical action.
We’re launching Ethics Empowered—the most ambitious campaign in the organization’s history—at a time of similar urgency.
Humanity has never been more connected yet more fractured. Society is retreating from globalism, attacking democratic norms, and grappling with the impact of emerging technologies.
For more than a century, Carnegie Council has set the global ethical agenda and worked for an ethical future.
This moment demands a concerted, comprehensive ethical response. Join us in using the power of ethics to build a better world.
Our six campaign priorities allow us to pursue innovative solutions and create a more just, equitable, and peaceful world.
We’ll invest in our Ethics Accelerator, a new kind of incubator that examines the most pressing ethical issues. We’ll expand our network to ensure diverse participation from emerging experts and frontline advocates; integrate leading facilitators to optimize rapid timelines and maximize output; and create a new in-person experience at the Council’s New York City headquarters.
We live in a world where new ethical questions are emerging at hyper speed. Society faces significant challenges in the realm of international affairs—from the rise of nationalism to the impact of evolving technologies such as AI. These issues and the ethical questions they pose are far too critical to leave unaddressed.
In response, we’ve created the Carnegie Ethics Accelerator: a new kind of incubator to examine the most pressing ethical questions and generate tools that can be deployed in the real world, right now.
The accelerator taps into the facilitation capabilities and convening power of Carnegie Council to generate and launch new principles on issues of ethics in public life on a rapid timeline.
Identify critical ethical issues as they arise in real time.
Create a community of diverse experts committed to producing ethical tools on a rapid timeline.
Deploy new agenda-setting ethical principles for use across society.
We’ll create a modern hub for global ethics—a reimagined, fully renovated headquarters on East 64th St. in Manhattan. Construction will include a state-of-the-art meeting space for workshops, seminars, and briefings; workspace for Senior Fellows; and studios and technology to support digital publishing and video and podcast production.
Global Ethics Hub
For nearly 50 years, Carnegie Council’s headquarters on East 64th Street in Manhattan has served as an essential hub for ethics. However, in a post-pandemic world, we know that we must embrace a reimagination of traditional convening, publishing, and content creation.
To achieve this reimagination, we will embark on a renovation of the Council’s headquarters to create a 21st-century Global Ethics Hub for convening, video and podcast production, and digital publishing.
At the heart of the renovation will be the construction of a state-of-the-art hybrid convening space that will simultaneously allow for both in- person and remote participation in Council events while broadcasting live across our digital channels to reach a global audience.
Create a global hub that will serve as the premier convening destination and digital publisher on ethics in international affairs.
Attach your name and legacy to the organization setting the global ethical agenda and working for an ethical future.
We’ll expand our Senior Fellows program, supporting promising young scholars and accomplished researchers with their own Impact Initiatives. Current Senior Fellows include Janos Pasztor, former executive director of conservation at the World Wildlife Fund, who leads our Impact Initiative on climate; Michael Doyle, University Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, who leads our Impact Initiative on migration; and Anja Kaspersen, former director of the office for disarmament affairs for the United Nations, who co-leads our Impact Initiative on artificial intelligence.
In our fractured political climate, reflective thought leadership is increasingly hard to come by. Overcoming polarization is made even more challenging by the need for broad input across professions, disciplines, and cultures. Given these challenges, Carnegie Senior Fellows are distinctly positioned to lead Impact Initiatives on ungoverned areas of global concern.
Senior Fellows are accomplished scholars and practitioners with experience at the highest levels of global politics. Each Fellow brings not only their own expertise, but also their vast networks of global resources.
Senior Fellows are the face of the Council’s work. Through their leadership, the Council generates new ideas, creates communities of engagement, and drives solutions to real-world challenges of ethics and global governance.
We’ll bolster our Carnegie New Leaders program, educating and cultivating the next generation of ethical global leaders across business, policy, technology, NGO, and academia. Each cohort of New Leaders has access to experts, participates in dialogues and symposia, and explores collaborative opportunities for thought leadership.
Carnegie New Leaders (CNL)
Where can today’s young leaders go to truly understand ethics and how to apply it to their personal and professional lives?
Far beyond a traditional “professional development” program, Carnegie New Leaders is committed to both cultivating and educating the next generation of ethical global leaders across business, policy, technology, NGOs, and academia—a vital component in the mission of Carnegie Council.
Whether it’s symposia with access to leading minds tackling ethical issues across sectors, networking between professions, or research and publishing opportunities with Carnegie Council, our CNL program has consistently helped diverse young leaders grow into professionals who positively impact the world through applied ethics.
Help to secure an ethical future by providing applied ethics training and fellowship opportunities for young leaders across critical sectors.
Enhance the CNL program’s global outreach and recruiting to further diversify participation by young leaders.
Support the hire of a dedicated CNL program director focused on enhancing symposia, networking, and education opportunities.
We’ll grow our endowment to support an ethical future. Strengthening the endowment affirms the value of our work and ensures the future of an essential global resource.
The Council’s endowment provides the foundation for our distinct, globally recognized platform. A strong endowment enables the Council to remain independent, non-partisan, and trusted. In today’s hyper-partisan environment, our civic-minded mission depends on public-spirited philanthropy as demonstrated by Andrew Carnegie.
Endowment funds enable the Council to take the long-view, and to work for generational change. The Council’s history of achievement is one of its greatest assets. It’s promise of future impact ensures the Council’s standing as an essential international organization promoting peace and cooperation.
Carnegie Council endowment enables and sustains not only the current Ethics Empowered campaign, but it will support the Council’s mission in perpetuity.
Endowment support will enable future generations to participate in the Council’s unique mission and message.
We’ll expand and create new Impact Initiatives, focused efforts to identify and address critical ethical issues. Current initiatives include artificial intelligence and equality, migration and asylum, and climate and governance. Future initiatives might address ethics in policing, vaccine diplomacy, and democracy 2.0.
Humanity has never been more connected yet more fractured. Every day, new political, social, and technological issues emerge that require ethical action.
Our Impact Initiatives address this fracture by driving forward actionable real-world solutions to global problems. Each initiative identifies a pressing ethical issue, convenes leading experts, and produces agenda-setting resources to educate and activate critical communities.
Our Impact Initiatives take an ethics-centric and measured approach (two to three years per initiative) and are spearheaded by leading experts from academia, government, business, and civil society, who have joined Carnegie Council as Senior Fellows.
Today, we operate Impact Initiatives across the areas of foreign policy, artificial intelligence, migration, and climate.
Create a new Impact Initiative that will identify and address an ethical issue poised to reshape society, e.g., democracy 2.0, militarization of space, AI and surveillance, ethics in policing, etc.
Build a community of subject- matter experts committed to tackling a critical ethical issue and implementing real-world solutions.
Develop ethical principles and produce agenda-setting thought leadership to be deployed globally.
Ethics Empowered is guided by accomplished leaders who understand the importance and impact of our work.
Haris Hromic is managing director at Seaport Global Securities in New York, specializing in global fixed income. He has also held senior positions at Susquehanna International Group, Credit Suisse Institutional Sales Group, and Barclays Capital. During the Bloomberg administration, he worked in New York City’s Office of Management and Budget, overseeing a $1.6 billion capital program focusing on public health and safety initiatives. Hromic is a founding member of the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Washington, DC, and co-authored the 2009 resolution of the European Parliament that proclaimed July 11 as a Day of Commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide throughout the European Union.
Kristen Edgreen Kaufman
Kristen Edgreen Kaufman co-founded and runs Acrocorinth, Inc., a foundation supporting ethical foreign policy initiatives and education for underprivileged children. She most recently served as the senior director of development at the Counter Extremism Project—a not-for-profit, non-partisan international policy organization. She was formerly a managing director at Natixis Bleichroeder and an international marketing associate at Lazard Asset Management and Merrill Lynch. In 2014, she was elected judicial delegate for the 75th Assembly District in New York City. She currently serves on the board of Teach for America New York.
Giving is a deeply personal act that can have a major public impact. Ethics Empowered offers several ways to give.
Support an ethical future.
Global Ethics Hub—Naming Rights$20 million
Through a naming opportunity, ensure the future of Carnegie Council’s headquarters as a global hub for ethics.
Impact Initiative$7 million
Identify and address the most critical ethical issues by endowing an Impact Initiative, covering the salary for a Senior Fellowship, an administrative research assistant, and creation of advisory board, as well as cost of travel, convenings, publications, and other program expenses.
Global Ethics Hub—Capital Improvements$8 million
Support the renovation and reimagination of Carnegie Council’s headquarters on East 64th St. in Manhattan.
Senior Fellowship$5 million
Support promising young scholars and accomplished researchers with their own Impact Initiatives by endowing a Senior Fellowship, which includes a fellowship naming opportunity.
Ethics Accelerator$3 million
Generate and launch principles on the most pressing ethical issues in public life by underwriting the Carnegie Ethics Accelerator, covering the cost of four accelerator convenings per year at Carnegie Council and publishing of accelerator findings.
Conference/Lecture Series$1 million
Endow an annual conference or series of five public lectures.
Carnegie New Leaders$500,000
Cultivate and educate the next generation of ethical global leaders by underwriting the Carnegie New Leaders program, covering the cost of symposia, networking events, independent research, and the hiring of a program director.