Philanthropy And Gerontology

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As pressures on public resources increase, more consideration is given to the role of private foundations in responding to the needs of the elderly—our fastest-growing population sector. Focusing on the philanthropic funding of social science research on aging, this study looks at the potential of the private sector and suggests strategies for addressing the research priorities posed by a rapidly aging population.

Sontz begins by examining the contributions of modern ...

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Overview

As pressures on public resources increase, more consideration is given to the role of private foundations in responding to the needs of the elderly—our fastest-growing population sector. Focusing on the philanthropic funding of social science research on aging, this study looks at the potential of the private sector and suggests strategies for addressing the research priorities posed by a rapidly aging population.

Sontz begins by examining the contributions of modern philanthropy to the growth of social science. She summarizes the evolution of major American foundations and their impact on the academic expansion of anthropology, sociology, and social work, and she discusses the recent growth of late-age studies in these disciplines. Based on a survey of the research plans and funding requirements of social gerontology scholars, Sontz evaluates the present underdeveloped role of foundation grant making in supporting studies relating to the elderly. She notes that most foundations continue to adhere to a mandate that encompasses social reform. Foundations need, however, to show marked interest in sponsoring interdisciplinary approaches to aging within the social sciences. In her final chapter, Sontz suggests possible research areas in social and cultural gerontology that could attract grant funding and increase the effectiveness of foundation programming, especially to researchers in university settings. Written by a social science scholar with extensive experience in foundation management, this study addresses the interests of foundations, university planners and administrators, and researchers in gerontology and related policy studies.

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ANN H. L. SONTZ is President of the Brunswick Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to research on science, history, and education in Human Development Studies.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction: Charity for the Few, for the Many

A Mistrust of Trusts: Early Benefactions to Science

Kin and Nonkin: The Gradual Life Cycle of Early Foundations

Charity, Sociology, Ethnography

The Unreclaimed Land: Social Gerontology as Area Study

Entering the Aging Mode: Social Gerontology and the Universities

The Calculus of Charity: Funding for Social Gerontology

Facing Age Neutrally

Appendix: National Foundations Giving Grants to Social Gerontology Research

Selected Bibliography

Index

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