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2007 Annual Report

Chairman's Introduction

Chairman's Introduction

Richard Hackney, Jr.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Officers, and Staff of the Foundation, we are pleased to publish this 2007 annual report. Wenner-Gren is committed to its support of the global anthropology community.

As reviewed in this report, under President Leslie Aiello’s leadership and vision we have critically refined and expanded our programs, communications and global relationships. Our systems and procedures have been enhanced to service an increasing volume of grants applications. And our expanded web site and internet capabilities have enabled us to better communicate worldwide.

Our ability to keep abreast of the issues facing the profession and to measure our success in achieving our goals would not be possible without the collaboration, advice and contributions from the community we serve. Recognition and gratitude should be especially given to past and present Advisory Committee members as well as to the many others who have participated in the Foundation’s programs and activities.

Wenner-Gren has been able to fund its operations and programs from the investment returns achieved on its endowment portfolio. The Foundation is self funded and has not had to undertake outside fundraising. The Foundation’s management procedures and conservative financial policies should continue this balance. Our Budget and Investment Committee, chaired by Seth Masters, deserves special acknowledgement for the Foundation’s superior long-term investment record.

This is my final year as Chairman on the Board and I thank you for such an enriching Wenner-Gren experience.

Richard Hackney, Jr.
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc.