First Minister Jack McConnell is to present entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Farmer with the philanthropic equivalent of a Nobel Prize, the Carnegie UK Trusts announced today.

Mr McConnell is one of six presenters who will attend this year’s Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and International Philanthropy Symposium at the Scottish Parliament on October 4.

His Highness the Aga Khan will receive the Carnegie medal from former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson.

Sir Tom Hunter, founder of the Hunter Foundation and one of Scotland’s leading philanthropists and businessmen, will present the award to the Packard family.

Lord Sainsbury of Turville, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Science and Innovation, former chairman of J Sainsbury plc, will present the Carnegie medal to Agnes Gund.

Former Secretary General of Nato, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen will present the Medal of Philanthropy to the Cadbury family.

President of the Global Philanthropy Forum, Jane Wales will award the Hewlett family with the Carnegie medal.

Named after Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who left the equivalent of $15 billion to philanthropy, the Carnegie medal is awarded to inspiring philanthropists.

Presented every two years to inspirational philanthropists and their families who have dedicated their private wealth to public good, previous recipients of the awards include the Gates, Rockefeller and Sainsbury families, media tycoon Ted Turner and financier George Soros.

William Thomson, a great grandson of Andrew Carnegie, and Chair of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Organising Committee and the International Selection Committee, said: “The Carnegie medal organising committee selected these presenters because of their renowned and international reputations in the world of either public affairs or philanthropy.

“I am delighted that they each accepted the invitation to present a Carnegie medal.”

Mr Thomson added: “In just four years, the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy has become recognised as the premier international award for philanthropists.

“Its nine recipients to date have all shared Andrew Carnegie’s vision that redistributing one’s wealth for the common good is just as important a task as building up that wealth in the first place.

“This year we shall be awarding six Medals. The recipients have been selected by an international selection committee representing the twenty-two Carnegie foundations worldwide.

“The impact of their philanthropy and the continuing work of their foundations provides inspiration and role models for all of us.”

The Carnegie Medal Ceremony will take place in the Parliamentary Debating Chamber, hosted by the Presiding Officer the Rt Hon George Reid MSP, and compered by BBC broadcaster and journalist Sally Magnusson.

More than 400 international philanthropists and guests from the worlds of business, politics, the media and non-governmental organisations will be attending the ceremony at the Scottish Parliament on October 4.

The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy 2005 is being organised by the four Scottish-based Carnegie foundations – the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, the Carnegie Dunfermline and Hero Fund Trusts and the Carnegie UK Trust.

The event is being supported by the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Executive, EventScotland, Visit Scotland, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the City of Edinburgh Council and Fife Council.

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