Oral history interview with Helene L. Kaplan, 2012


Kaplan, Helene L., 1933- (Interviewee)
Grele, Ronald J (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Helene L. Kaplan, 2012
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 wi th 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.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 3
Education; Endowments; Lawyers; Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations--Political activity; Gregorian, Vartan; Kaplan, Helene L., 1933-; Carnegie Corporation of New York
oral histories
Physical Description
75 pages. + index; 1 digital audio file (73 min.); 1 digital video file (83 min.)
Note (Biographical)
Lawyer, foundation chair.
Interviewed by Ronald J. Grele on March 21 and April 3, 2012.
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Helene L. Kaplan
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project [Staging]
Oral History Archives at Columbia
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