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. RenĂ© Albert Wormser. Devin-Adair Co., – Social Science – pages.

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Or, subscribe via e-mail: In many cases the foundation acts as host for such prepara- tory groups. Our learned journals are increasingly publishing papers by two or more authors, indicating a preference for group performance over individual problem study.

There can be no doubt that foundations repre- sent, financially, but a small part of the philanthropic world. Charles Dollard trustee Carnegie Corporation L. Wogmser wonders whether this survey will be as penetrating as the Rockefeller study of The Institute of Pacific Relations.

Foundations, America Foundations; Their Power And Influence Rene A Wormser ( 1958)

There are interlocking members and much personal contact oE the respective staffs. These foundations powe thus, in combination, created another power position of influence in education. The law applying to public servants is very strict in defining conflicts of in- terest. Kenneth Colegrove, Professor Emeritus of Politics at Northwest- ern University at the time of his testimony he was on a temporary teaching assignment at Queens Collegehad this to say before the Reece Committee about foundation trustees: Their Power and Influence by Rene A.

Anything in the nature of a cartel-like coordination in educa- tion and in such vital fields as foreign relations and the social- science studies tends to reduce competition and, through a form of collusion, to endanger the freedom of our intellectual and thrir lic life.

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They may support their pet causes. The large number of famous names on the list of trustees is due to an old superstition that our institutions must be headed by a famous group of men.

What mattered was not that foundation trustees were concentrated on the Eastern Seaboard but that a pattern of interlocking operations existed at various levels of management.

The work of both the Influsnce and Carnegie foundations in some fields of medicine, public health, and science, for example, de- serves the thanks of the American people.

Mosely trustee Harvey S. It gave the princes an opportunity to secularize the property of the Church.

Foundations: Their Power and Influence by Rene A. Wormser

Even the great sums allotted by the Federal government for social science research have come into the virtual control of this professional group. The symbol of academic prestige is not necessarily an evidence of learning or of sound social judgment.

Two forms of criticism have appeared from within the corpora- tions which have fiundations foundations. Issuance of matched grants, or promises of grants with the proviso that funds are to be supplied only if and when others support the same project or cause; 4.

Then he becomes a teacher, at a salary sometimes below inflence of an ordi- nary laborer. Advisory experts were chosen for their standing in the academic world. This power which it exerts, it exerts very heavily on educational institutions and their personnel because when you get down to it, who is it that does research in social science? It ii the fact that most of the great foundations have chosen to foundahions in such complex fashion that it is impossible for otherwise busy trustees, working for the foundation only part time, to perform adequately.


He found that seven had applied to one of the big three foundations Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie for giants and all but one had been turned down. It is the people who run them who must account, morally, to the public. They have pointed up the importance of tax- exempt organizations in our social structure. These man- agers may be no less conscientious than public servants. These denials cannot be sincere.

They attributed the preva- lence of New Deal sentiment, in the literature and programs which they have supported, to the political and intellectual cli- mate of the times. This book grew out of my conviction that some of the materials examined by the Reece Committee, founadtions which I acted as general counsel, deserve broader circulation.

Foundations: Their Power and Influence

These institu- tions may exert political influence, support subversion, or exhibit tendencies conflicting with our national traditions. It pays for a staff under Mr.

Among the trustees and officers of The Rand Corporation were found the following who had material connections with other foundations:. Such administrators will freely admit that they do not like to receive restricted or earmarked grants and would far prefer to poeer unfettered in their disposition of money given to their institutions. An example of the sometimes foundstions nature of foundation giving is the support by foundations of the late Dr.