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Mission Statement

The Wenner-Gren Foundation is committed to playing a leadership role in anthropology.   We help anthropologists advance anthropological knowledge, build sustainable careers, and amplify the impact of anthropology within the wider world. We dedicate ourselves to broadening the conversation in anthropology to reflect the full diversity of the field.

We work in the following areas:

  1. Advancing knowledge.   We invest in researchers within the discipline’s many subfields and specializations.   We fund the best work in the field.
  2. Addressing precarity.  We play an active role in nurturing and safeguarding anthropology as a career and a discipline.  We help anthropologists demonstrate the value of their discipline by developing new ways to put anthropological skills and insights to work.
  3. Amplifying impact.  We work to cultivate anthropological ways of thinking beyond the discipline.   We are committed to promoting anthropology as a resource for addressing contemporary problems.  We give anthropologists the skills and platforms they need to reach broader audiences and to affirm the value of anthropology in a rapidly changing world. 
  4. Fostering inclusion.  We foster inclusive conversations by supporting anthropologists with different backgrounds, perspectives, methods, and commitments.  We are committed to a vision of anthropology that celebrates its global diversity and honors the ethical obligations born of anthropological work.