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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The Cox and Reece Committees did touch on some of the major cultural and intellectual aspects of foundation operation, but in this area private inquiry could promise wider and even more penetrating study.

What it does, must, in the end, amount to propaganda to influence legis- lation.

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It questioned the merits and the place of voluntary charitable en- dowments in a welfare state. Chairman Walsh was concerned fohndations the granting of funds for schools might result in “persons being educated taking the view- point, consciously or unconsciously, of the man that gave the money or the foundation that gave the money.

It is no longer as easy as it was to use foundations for business manipulations intended to evade or avoid the imposition of taxes. When to conform meant bathing in a stream of millions, college and university administrators and their faculties were inclined to conform.

Andrews, in his Philanthropic Foundationsdefends this practice by saying that “adequate research facilities and the ablest personnel are largely concentrated in these places. Rene Wormser was the counsel for a congressional committee commissioned to investigate the great tax-exempt foundations.

It may also influence commercial publishers via the expert readers to whom books are submitted before pub- lication. The Reece Committee report found that the SSRC has in the past gained leadership, among other reasons, because it successfully foundatiions the impression of representing the majority of all social scientists in America.


Of the big six, only Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Pew reported assets at market value. Professor Rowe is an academician of the high- est standing. But when a great financial power has developed, when there exist these powerful organizations, which can successfully summon forces from all parts of the country, which can af- ford to use tremendous amounts of money in any conflict influuence carry out what they deem to be their business principle, and can also afford to suffer losses — you have necessarily a condition of inequality between the two contending forces.

Will Riddle added it Jan 04, John Paul rated it it was amazing Jun 19, It is some- times extremely difficult to draw the line, inflyence example, between those forms of education which are essential or desirable in our democratic society and those which have as their ends the promo- tion of political value-concepts in the theor of ideas.

One is that foundations are not subject to the nor- mal forms of control by which other institutions are checked, such as responsibility to a constituency or membership, or to an aca- demic body.

To ask other readers questions about Foundationsplease sign up. Foundations rarely impose conformity in any direct manner.

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It is tragic in a high degree that men who have won confidence and position in the education world should be intimidated from expressing criticism of a foundation whose administrators and policies they do not respect. In appeared a book written by Frederick P. Rowe explained this to the Reece Committee. Open Preview See a Problem? By the time the final project is formulated, it becomes clear that nothing will be proposed or performed which may be interpreted as a challenge to the orthodox conception of value which characterizes foundations as a whole.

It took courage for academicians to testify before the Reece Committee. On the other hand, a foundation can operate in reverse, in regard to public relations.


He sees it as obvious enough that tax reasons should stimulate the creation of foundations, pointing out that, to the very ‘ rich, whose income is taxed at the highest brackets, a donation to a charitable purpose would cost in some instances only nine cents per dollar.

Three times removed from their constitu- ent individuals and institutions, these express the desire so preva- lent among foundation executives to avoid duplication and to bring in what they conceive to be order.

A professor, eminent and loaded with deserved honors, will listen rheir to every word of this young man, whose opinions on academic subjects, relatively untutored though he may be, are of far more practical importance than those of his distinguished listener. There are now perhaps two thousand of them. The Board of the other foundation which Mr.

Foundations: Their Power and Influence

My criticism of them is confined to their almost universally common characteristic of permitting their social, intellectual and, principally, their political predilections foundafions affect their work as ad- ministrators of public trusts. There are in existence many para-religious organizations whose only relationship to religion is that their membership comes from only one confession.

The concentration of power has measurable influence on our cultural life. Briggs, professor emeritus of Columbia University, testified, foundatikns have terrified many who would be critical. On the other hand, the searching minds of students who are uncon- cerned with political consequences could contribute much to an understanding of the impact of foundations on public affairs and the consequent hazards.