Oral history interview with Sara L. Engelhardt 1997-1998


Engelhardt, Sara L (Interviewee)
Hearing, Brenda (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Sara L. Engelhardt 1997-1998
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Sara L. Engelhardt : oral history, 1997-1998
(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.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 2
Women executives--United States; Endowments--Management; Endowments--Officials and employees; Women in higher education; Engelhardt, Sara L; Carnegie Corporation of New York
oral histories
Physical Description
315 pages
Note (Biographical)
Foundation Executive.
Note (Funding)
Digital reproduction funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York
Digitized by Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, 2010.
Interviewed by: Brenda Hearing on June 3 & 5, July 10 & 17, December 12, 1997 and March 13, November 5, 1998.
Quality of sound is poor at times.
Service copy (44 kHz, 16 bit) and rendered version (96 kHz, 24 bit) of sound file derived from a digital preservation master digitized at 96 kHz, 24 bit.
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Sara L. Engelhardt
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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