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The Carter Center at a Glance

What is The Carter Center?
The Center is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization founded in 1982 in Atlanta, Ga., by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University. The Center has helped to improve millions of lives in more than 65 countries by waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope. We work directly with people threatened by war, disease, famine, and poverty to solve problems, renew opportunity, and create hope. A key to our success is the ability to make detailed arrangements with a nation's top leaders and then deliver services to thousands of villages and family groups in the most remote and neglected areas.

What has the Center achieved in 20 years?
The Carter Center has alleviated suffering and advanced human rights by:

  • Observing about three dozen multiparty elections in more than 20 countries;
  • Leading a worldwide campaign that has reduced cases of Guinea worm disease by 98 percent;
  • Preventing or correcting human rights violations worldwide;
  • Helping to provide some 35 million drug treatments to sufferers of river blindness in Africa and Latin America;
  • Creating new avenues for peace in Sudan, Uganda, the Korean Peninsula, Haiti, the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Liberia, and Ethiopia;
  • Working to erase the stigma against mental illness in the United States and abroad;
  • Strengthening human rights institutions, civil society, and economic development in emerging democracies;
  • Fostering improved agricultural practices, enabling 4,000,000 farmers in Africa to double, triple, or quadruple their yields of maize, wheat, corn, and other grains;
  • Building cooperation among leaders in the Western Hemisphere;
  • Helping inner-city families address the social issues most important to them.

How is the Center staffed and funded?
The Center has about 150 employees, based primarily in Atlanta, Ga. The Center is financed by private donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, and international development assistance agencies. The 2000-2001 operating budget, excluding in-kind contributions, was approximately $34 million. The Carter Center Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, and contributions by U.S. citizens and companies are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Where is the Center located?
The Carter Center is located in a 35-acre setting 1½ miles east of downtown Atlanta. Four circular interconnected pavilions house offices for President and Mrs. Carter and most of the Center's program staff. The complex includes the nondenominational Cecil B. Day Chapel and other conference facilities. The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, which adjoins the Center, is owned and operated by the National Archives and Records Administration of the federal government. The Center and Library are known collectively as The Carter Presidential Center.

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