Foundation funding for the humanities increased two-and-a-half times to $335 million from 1992 to 2002, and the number of grants doubled to 3,296, a new study says.
But foundation support for the humanities, including fields such as literature, history and ethics, did not grow as quickly as overall giving over the same period, says the report by the Foundation Center.
The study, “Funding for the Humanities,” which included only grants of $10,000 or more from about 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations, says that while more funders supported the humanities in 2002, the share of foundation dollars targeted to the humanities over the last decade has dropped.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation topped the list of donors to the humanities in 2002, with 62 grants totaling almost $26 million, followed by the Packard Humanities Institute, which made 17 grants totaling more than $21 million, the report says.
Historical activities, including commemorations and memorials, received the most, with $82.3 million in grants in 2002, almost one of every four dollars granted to humanities, followed closely by museum activities, which received $81.7 million.