Support the Carnegie Trust

Help us continue Andrew Carnegie’s legacy

Andrew CarnegieEstablished in 1901 with a $10 Million endowment from Andrew Carnegie to improve and extend the opportunities for research and study in the Scottish universities, the Trust continues today the work envisaged by its founder thanks to generous contributions.

Donations and legacies from former beneficiaries, grant recipients or other supporters help the Carnegie Trust carry on and extend its support in the changing landscape of Scottish higher education.

For over a century, the Trust has aimed to not only enable access to higher education for “the deserving and qualified youth” of Scotland, but also to further the research capabilities of Scottish universities. The financial challenges for both students and academic researchers that led to the creation of the Trust are as relevant today as there were in in 1901.

Despite increasing state support for undergraduate study, Scotland’s economic and social development requires a highly qualified graduate workforce to meet future demands. Scottish scientists are also responding to major challenges such as poverty, economic development, higher energy demands, climate change, or human health.

Donations

By making a donation, you will help ensure Andrew Carnegie’s legacy is secure for future generations.

Your support now will also reinforce the international reputation for academic and scientific excellence of Scottish universities in the future. Giving to the Trust is easy and gifts at all levels are greatly appreciated. If you pay income tax you can make your donation more beneficial by using a Gift Aid form.

Legacies

Founded by Andrew Carnegie’s endowment, legacies play a crucial part in helping the Trust meet its objectives.

As in the original Trust Deed, it is important for the wording of the legacy to be as general as possible as our strategic priorities respond to changes placed on universities. If you have a specific purpose or scheme in mind, we encourage you to contact the Trust for a confidential discussion. This will ensure that the use of your gift honours your intentions while supporting our aims.

No matter the size, each gift is deeply appreciated and helps maintaining our work for future generations.

Carnegie's vision of philanthropy

"The day is not far distant when the man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was his to administer during life, will pass away un-wept, un-honored and un-sung . . . Of such as these the public verdict will then be: 'The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.'"

Andrew Carnegie, The Gospel of Wealth (1889). You can listen to a 1914 recording of Andrew Carnegie reading from his essay on responsible giving. This is the only known recording of the industrialist and philanthropist's voice.

Help us continue Andrew Carnegie's legacy

Donations and legacies from former beneficiaries, grant recipients or other supporters help the Carnegie Trust carry on and extend its support in the changing landscape of Scottish higher education.

You can learn more about ways to support the work of the Trust in the Support the Trust section.