Wenner-Gren Foundation Funding for Archaeology

Author(s): Mark Aldenderfer; Leslie Aiello

Year: 2017


Over the past 15 years the Wenner-Gren Foundation has received approximately 3,000 applications for research funding from archaeologists (students and established scholars) and have funded just under 500 of these requests (success rate = 15-16%; grand total of funds awarded = $8,050,000). The Foundation does not fundraise and thus the amount we can award each year is dependent on the financial markets. A particular challenge is to maintain and grow the spending power of the endowment, while continuing to fund as many worthy projects as possible. Although we are not dependent on the vagaries of donors or government policies, it is not an easy investment task to achieve the necessary level of return to meet the current requirements of the field let alone funding needs that may arise as priorities of government agencies and philanthropic sources change.

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Wenner-Gren Foundation Funding for Archaeology. Mark Aldenderfer, Leslie Aiello. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429620)


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Abstract Id(s): 14506