Development

The Albright Board of Trustees, with the assistance of the Development Committee, seeks to increase the resources of the Institute in order to maintain the high level of scholarship of its unique fellowship program, as well as to implement the following goals:

•    Support the scholarly programs of the Institute – fellowships, library, workshops, lectures, field trips,  excavations.
•    Preserve the historic building complex and expand facilities to meet growing needs.
•    Promote the Institute as an American center for an international community of scholars.

Cache of Hacksilber, Ekron 7th century BCE

Silver, partially in the form of Hacksilber, was the international currency used in the 7th century BCE.

Currently the Albright Institute receives grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (ECA). It has received grants in the past from the United States Information Agency, the Getty Trust, the Andrew W. Mellon and the Samuel H. Kress Foundations, as well as from private foundations. The Institute is also supported by annual gifts from Albright Trustees, members of the Albright Institute National Council, and from Alumni and Friends of the Albright.

In recent years the Institute successfully completed two NEH Challenge grants, each in the amount of two-million dollars. The first grant to endow the directorship and the library, was completed in 2000. The second grant was completed in 2010. One million was to renovate and endow the hostel renamed in memory of Joy Gottesman Ungerleider, and to renovate other areas of the campus; the second million was to endow the Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professorship.

In the past fifteen years the Albright received grants from:

Governmental sources:

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for fellowships in the amount of $1,628,000;
  • The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (ECA) for program support in the amount of $1,185,000.

Private foundations and individuals:

  • The Getty Trust to support library resources and the computerization of the library’s catalogue in the amount of $210,000;
  • The Skirball Foundation to complete the endowment of the library and the Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professorship in the amount of $1,000,000;
  • The Scheuer Family Foundation to endow the library collection and various Albright programs in the amount of $1,105,000;
  • The Dorot Foundation to renovate and endow the hostel and endow various Albright programs in the amount of $1,918,300;
  • Leon Levy Bequest earmarked for library acquisitions in the amount of $110,000;
  • George E. W. Petersen Bequest for general endowment in the amount of $249,767;
  • Other grants from foundations and individuals totaling $1,575,477.

Annual grants for Albright Fellowships from:

  • Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (ECA) and the Samuel H. Kress, Horace H. Goldsmith and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations for a total of $2,767,450;
  • The Glassman Holland Research Fellowship for European Scholars, established in 2007 by Eli Glassman and Joan Holland in honor of their daughter-in-law, Albright Trustee Joan Branham, with an annual award of $12,000;
  • The Noble Group of Hong Kong Fellowships for doctoral and post- doctoral Chinese scholars, established in 2010, with an annual award of $84,000.

The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research-AIAR- is a private, non-profit educational
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