As I sit here writing the last pieces for my summer internship, I have two entries to enter on the blog. This is the first– on The Regional Foundation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
I visited the Foundation Center this week in my final efforts to gather the best materials possible to write a historiography on grant funding for history organizations. I was skeptical it would help me; I have been relentlessly searching for adequate source material with an increasingly negative outlook. What a pleasant surprise it was to meet success at the Free Library!
I would love to say that the success I met was accredited to my own agility in research, but it was largely due to the support of the staff of the Foundation Center. As I scoured grant RFP language for commonalities in their databases, they searched enthusiastically for articles directly related to my research topic. They discovered some helpful resources.
My two favorite sources are a 1998 summary from a Getty Trust Conservation Institute meeting and a 2004 Funding for the Humanities report by the Foundation Center. They are worth a first person exploration to any and all concerned with the history of philanthropy for history and humanities.