RENE A. WORMSER CONTENTS PREFACE by drazilla carroll reece v .. Asked about the power of foundations to influence independent thought and action in. Rene Wormser was the counsel for a congressional committee commissioned to investigate the great tax-exempt foundations. Despite opposition from the. Foundations, their power and influence. Front Cover. René Albert Wormser. Devin-Adair Co., – Social Science – pages.
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It is rather to record the possible dangers to the public welfare and so, in the end, to serve the interest of foundations in their continued service to the public better than complacent silence would do. Andrews’s explanation does not seem persuasive.
Foundations, America Foundations; Their Power And Influence Rene A Wormser ( 1958)
The men who operate foundations do have power often greater than that of elected or appointed government officials. Students at a total of 16 institutions re- ceived Is the potential of power of a great and wealthy charitable organization any the less a danger because it has no religious affiliation? Rockefeller in connection with proposed contributions; pkwer.
The State under whose laws foundatilns foundation is organized might penalize it in various ways or even dissolve it for misconduct. They must be so dedicated. Keeping sormser mind that this organization, The Social Science Re- search Council, is supported by a group of major foundations, the hazards involved are significant. By careful selection of a trustee, here and there, from among proprietors and executives of newspapers, periodicals, and other media of communication, it can assure itself of adulation and support.
Like any in- vention, it creates new situations, changing with the tides of our social life. But even comparatively small founda- tions can have an impact on society disproportionate to their monetary size, particularly when promoting a seductive idea promising poaer things for society. Teresa marked it as to-read Dec 10, Foundations occupy wornser unique place in our society for many reasons, of which two are peculiarly important for distinguishing them from other philan- thropic bodies.
John Haynes Holmes, an eminent Influehce minister, testi- fied to his concern with the power of the self-perpetuating foun- dation boards: It was therefore recommended that Congress enact legislation limiting the amount of funds and the exercise of power by fund managers. A total of And its support came chiefly from large tax-exempt American foundations. It is these man- agers who are responsible for foundation performance.
Lardner Pendleton Herring William C. The book contributes essentially, however, the philosophical and juridical reflections of this dis- tinguished lawyer, based upon the material our committee dis- closed and upon other data which have appeared since the dosing of our inquiry.
He suggests that the business men holding positions as trustees had abandoned their responsibility foundatipns a professional class of admin- istrators. Their names appear, again and again, in foundation operations. Raymond Davis marked it as to-read Oct 19, The possibility exists that at all times in any of these organizations that the people in charge thereof become convinced that there is one way to do a job in the social science fieldand that only this zoay will get their support.
Foundations: Their Power and Influence by Rene A. Wormser
He says that theri approached thirteen top sociologists “not working on currently fashionable problems but who were thought first rate. Privately financed educational institutions have had a bad time during the period of rapidly increasing costs. The Social Science Research Council has been included foundationd this program because it is the instrumentality most used by individual scholars, universities and research organiza- tions for interchange of information, planning and other cooperative functions in the fields described.
In the course of their legitimate religious activities, churches and religious bodies often develop ancillary programs which are not religious in the strict sense of the word. Concentration on graduates of a few major institutions, which also supply most of the directors of the Council, who since a change of by-laws are chosen by the Council board, not any longer freely elected by constituent as- sociations. We felt that there are involved in the concepts under which foundations operate and grow in the United States certain influfnce for the public welfare.
Something is wrong with such a method of operation. Its report discloses one of its purposes:. They are active or retired top executives of great corporations which were built partly upon their executive ability. De Tocqueville, in one of his famous observations about democ- racy in America, reported with some amazement the propensity of this nation for the formation of voluntary associations for common ends.
What is orthodox today may be daring tomorrow; and what was daring twenty or thirty years ago may be orthodox today. What could I do?
Foundations: Their Power and Influence
Upon each conquest, they reg- ularly separated one fifth of their new territories for the use of charitable foundations vakuf. It maintains that the economic power of great corporations should be suppressed by dissolutions and break-ups. Like the trustees of so many large foundations, they left most decisions to their employees, the officers of the foundation. If New York had not given them what they wanted they would have passed along from State to State until they found a corporate habitation on their own foundarions, without in the least interfering with their owrmser ating wherever they chose.
Through all these activities, worjser always subject to the final vote of the trustees, the philanthropoids determine that this enterprise of benevolence or scholarship shall be nour- ished with Ford money, while that one shall not. Despite vehement disclaimers of bias, despite platitudinous affirmations of loyalty to American traditions, the statements filed by those foundations whose operations touch on foreign policy have produced no rebuttal to the evidence of support of collectivism.
Among public-relations consultants the practice of publicly establishing the virtue of a previously de- spised person or institution by forming ifnluence tax-exempt foundation and beating the drum for it is quite common.