Analyzing three recent reports on grantmaking trends that use the Foundation (Center's grants database, at picture emerges of how three human service fields-aging, substance abuse, and crime and justice fared in terms of foundation grantmaking during the turbulent period from 1983 to 1987 when federal support was reduced. Despite a sizeable increase in foundation dollars to each field which outpaced overall foundation giving, the authors caution that this increase may not indicate greater foundation commitment to human services.

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