Full text of “Foundations, America Foundations; Their Power And Influence Rene A Wormser ()”. See other formats. FOUNDATIONS RENE A. WORMSER. Rene Wormser was the counsel for a congressional committee commissioned to investigate the great tax-exempt foundations. Despite opposition from the. I read Foundations: Their Power and Influence by René A. Wormser. This book is a third printing from by Covenant House Books.
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This resentment lay partly in the political activity of some of the guiding managers of the Order.
A few examples will illustrate: But there are also instances of intercession by the government for the de- clared reason that such bodies, established for charity, frequently exercised thought control. But there is fondations promise of this happening. Even its predecessor, the Cox Committee, had such evidence. Think rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Consequently it becomes pertinent to discover how these culture-determiners have operated in the past.
The concentration of power has measurable influence on our cultural life. For influemce reason the Reece Committee confined its inquiry almost entirely to these areas. As Professor Charles W.
A more subtle and much more widespread control comes about by Teason of the multitude of indirect relationships in which foundations play a part. Even in the absence of a conspiracy among foundations to promote change, the cumu- lative effect of this almost unison approach, and the absence thejr any substantial support for contrary movements looking toward social stability, seems to warrant questioning whether these foundations are truly performing their trust duty to the public.
The Commission on Industrial Relations influsnce amined foundations more than forty years ago under a Congres- sional Act of August 23, They assume a directive function.
In the inter- est of continuing a free market for ideas, the managements of granting and receiving institutions should be carefully separated and kept gene of any taint of conflict of interest. If the volume of work becomes excessive, it might be necessary to in- crease the number of trustees and to expect of them full-time at- tention to their duties.
Each of the great foundations can exercise influence in the field of ideas so powerful that it justi- fies a foundatipns of mere bigness. Inwhen these opinions were expressed, obviously nobody expected the emergence of intermediary organizations serving foundations in the distribution of grants and their resulting power in the academic world.
These societies are not actually members of the SSRC. The politically minded manipulator often is rewarded with eminent status, whether he is a true scholar or not. They are the consultants infljence government, the planners, and the designers of governmental theory and practice.
The potential power of the major intermediaries was illustrated by Professor Rowe in his testimony. Whether or not a social scientist can procure publication of a paper has a lot to do with his advancement in his career.
Powerispower marked it as to-read Feb 10, Is he, then, likely to run counter to what may be wanted by a foun- dation considering him for a grant? They have genuine stature and deserve every bit of the success and acclaim which they have earned by intelligence, en- ergy, and common sense in their own industrial fields. The increasing tax burden on income and estates has greatly accelerated a trend toward creation of foundations as instruments for the retention of control over capital assets that would otherwise be lost.
They have pointed up the importance of tax- exempt organizations in our social structure.
Andrews, in his Philanthropic Foundationsspeaks of the mushroom growth of foundations in the past decade Return to Book Page. By closely cooperating foundations, which themselves in- terlock through directorates. They screen the thousands of applications for grants that come in every year; they look into new fields for spending; they think up problems worth solving the first problem a foundation faces is what is the problem and select the institutions or the people to try to solve them; they carry on the nego- tiations, often protracted, and the inquiries, often delicate, that may or may not lead to a grant, and they follow up the grants that are made; they dictate the systolic flow of memoranda that is the blood stream of a modern foundation.
The American foundation is a social invention, created to con- tribute to the improvement of the public welfare. The Federal Govern- ment has no power to regulate foundations in a direct way. Another motivation might have been the simple one of not wishing any minority stockholder to acquire enough stock to make him too interested in challenging the management.
Foundations: Their Power and Influence
We do know, however, that the existing conformism within the social sciences has been nurtured abundantly by foundation support. Though much of the research and teaching in these disciplines may have no relationship whatsoever to politics, legislation, or even to public affairs, a large and vociferous sector of the social scientists actively seeks to redesign our government and our public life.
Rusk’s plea for cooperation among foundations and the arguments given for industrial cartels and for regulated com- petition — for that matter, with the rationale for a socialist planned economy.
It was a case of poeer, or no grant!
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There a.wlrmser a powerful school of political scientists which contends that bigness, per se, is a danger to society. Jason marked it as to-read Apr 04, To a large degree they are the leaders and standard setters for the foundation movement.
The ideas and concepts of this bureaucracy are based heavily on the assumption of a cultural lag — the need to adjust law, values, and human affairs in general to a tempo dictated by our rapid techno- logical progress. What eventual re- percussions may come from such a development, one can only guess.
Foundations: Their Power and Influence by Rene A. Wormser
They were trans- ferred pursuant to a contract under which the Foundation agreed to assist the publishing company in its financial prob- lem and, by inference, but clear inference, to make this objective superior to its presumed charitable function. Obi marked it as to-read Sep 16, Asked what he did about it, Professor Rowe replied: In a way, they did. A later Pope, referring to this precedent in dissolving the Jesuit order, described the consequences of excessive wealth and in- fluence as general disrepute ob universalem diffamationem sup – pressit et totaliter extinxit.