Carter Center

The Carter Center
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Founded1982; 37 years ago (1982)[1]
FounderJimmy Carter
Rosalynn Carter[1]
TypeNot-for-profit, non-governmental organization
(IRS exemption status): 501(c)(3)[1]
FocusHuman rights, Conflict resolution, Election monitoring, Public health, Eradication of infectious diseases, Mental health
Area served
Global (75 countries since 1982)[2]
MethodPopular education, Access to information, Aid distribution
Key people
Jimmy Carter, co-founder
Rosalynn Carter, co-founder
Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters CEO[3]
Jason Carter, Chair, Board of Trustees
Jordan Ryan, Vice President, Peace Programs
Donald Hopkins, Vice President, Health Programs
Phil Wise, Vice President, Operations[4]
175; field office staff in more than a dozen countries[1]
Partnered with Emory University

The Carter Center is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. He and his wife Rosalynn Carter partnered with Emory University just after his defeat in the 1980 U.S. Presidential elections. The center is located in a shared building adjacent to the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum on 37 acres (150,000 m2) of parkland, on the site of the razed neighborhood of Copenhill, two miles (3 km) from downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The library and museum are owned and operated by the United States National Archives and Records Administration, while the Center is governed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of business leaders, educators, former government officials, and philanthropists.

The Carter Center's goal is to advance human rights and alleviate human suffering,[5] including helping improve the quality of life for people in more than 80 countries.[6] The center has many projects including election monitoring, supporting locally led state-building and democratic institution-building in various countries, mediating conflicts between warring states, and intervening with heads of states on behalf of victims of human rights abuses. It also leads disease eradication efforts, spearheading the campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease, as well as controlling and treating onchocerciasis, trachoma, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria through awareness campaigns.

In 2002, President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development” through the Carter Center.[7] In 2007, he wrote an autobiography entitled Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope, which chronicles the first 25 years of The Carter Center.


The Center was founded in 1982 and dedicated in 1986 with William Foege as its executive director.[8]

In 1993, John Hardman was appointed executive director, and during the 1990s the Center received several multimillion-dollar donations to fight Guinea worm disease and to prevent blindness.[9]

In 1994, the center launched an initiative called "Not Even One" to fight child death by firearm.

On October 2, 1995, The Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum was held at The Carter Center.

Other Languages
العربية: مركز كارتر
català: Centre Carter
Deutsch: Carter Center
español: Centro Carter
français: Fondation Carter
italiano: Carter center
עברית: מרכז קרטר
Nederlands: Carter Center
नेपाल भाषा: कार्टर सेन्टर
português: Carter Center
українська: Центр Картера
Tiếng Việt: Trung tâm Carter
中文: 卡特中心