ERIC Number: ED187169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Foundations and Higher Education: Grant Making from Golden Years through Steady State. A Technical Report.
Cheit, Earl F.; Lobman, Theodore E.
This analysis of foundation support of higher education considers grant-making in 1970 and 1974, identifies the evolving role of foundations in higher education, and suggests a future role. Additionally, the document is designed to facilitate continuing research in the field by making available a procedure for classifying grants. Using the classification system, a sample of 39 foundations were analyzed to determine the purposes for which grants are being made, and to whom. The main data source for the project--the published reports of foundations--was itself made an object of study. The adequacy of foundations was analyzed as an information source, drawing on responses to a short questionnaire sent to college and university presidents, on interviews with staff members of foundations, and on personal observation of the policies of several foundations. The experience of three kinds of grant-making foundations--community, corporate, and general-purpose foundations--were analyzed. The study sample includes a good representation of large foundations and of their interests, particularly in research. One of the main conclusions is that the foundations in the sample, taken as a group, favor development grants to institutions of higher education. When grant-making for 1970 is compared with that of 1974, a significant shift from support of research toward support of development becomes apparent. The most striking shift in priorities between 1970 and 1974 is the decline in employment grants. (SW)
Descriptors: Classification, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Grants, Grantsmanship, Higher Education, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Research Methodology, Trend Analysis
Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education, 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education, Berkeley, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.