Andrew Carnegie famously established the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust by a hand written letter in 1903 with the purpose of adding value to the lives of the people of Dunfermline, the place of his birth.
Even before the establishment of the Trust he had already endowed Dunfermline with the first public library and public baths and as part of the responsibility of the Trust gifted Pittencrieff Park to the Trustees in perpetuity for public benefit. Today the Trust works to support and initiate projects and activities across a wide range of arts, sport, recreation, education, heritage, community and welfare. The Trust is governed by Royal Charter through a Board of twenty Trustees who meet every two months to consider the business of the Trust including applications for grants. In addition the Trust is responsible for the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum which has recently undergone a major refurbishment and upgrading programme.
At the beginning of 2008 the Trust, together with the Hero Fund, moved into custom built new headquarters on the edge of Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline with the Carnegie UK Trust and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.