Family Wealth-Holders Charting the Course of Philanthropy and Impact Investing


Carlyle is a community of family wealth-holder peers that share a commitment to advancing knowledge and innovation in areas of national and global importance through selective philanthropy and impact investing. The programs and resources we deploy are developed in consultation with our members to accomplish their mission and objectives, and desire to help make a measurable difference.


There are three defining qualities of the Carlyle community:


  1. A Commitment to Advancing Knowledge and Innovation: In collaboration with our partners, the community shares a commitment to advancing knowledge and transformational innovation.

  2. A Passion for Beneficial Impact: We are dedicated to the proposition that with wealth comes social responsibility and the opportunity to create beneficial impact through philanthropy and selective investing.

  3. Access to the Resources Required for Impact: In collaboration with our partners, we provide the Carlyle community with the resources required to accomplish their individual objectives by:​

  • Providing an environment, rooted in trust and authenticity, which enables collaboration and relationship building amongst peers.

  • Enabling access to knowledge and the sharing of expertise.

  • Creating the opportunity to selectively engage with talented innovators from the private-sector and leading research institutions from around the world.

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"Wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in their lifetime for the good of community."


Andrew Carnegie, steel magnate and visionary philanthropist (1835-1919) .  During the last 18 years of Carnegie's life, he awarded gifts to charities, foundations, and universities totaling $350 million (equivalent to $78.6 billion today); almost 90 percent of his fortune. His 1889 article proclaiming "The Gospel of Wealth" called on the wealthy to use their resources to improve society, and it stimulated a wave of philanthropy.