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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Foundations: Their Power and Influence by Rene A. Wormser

But they do have influential people as a.wormse of their boards, and these members have powerful friends, some of whom are more inclined to be partisanly defensive than objectively critical. Certainly there could have been no intention to prohibit all propaganda, as that would have constituted an attack on the churches, which are entitled to engage in religious propaganda.

The book contributes essentially, however, the philosophical and juridical reflections of this dis- tinguished lawyer, based upon the material inflyence committee dis- closed and upon other data which have appeared since the dosing of our inquiry. In education, it had created methods of teaching and institutions of fonudations unexcelled at the time and exemplary even today. Their Power and Influence a.wofmser Rene A. Rockefeller said there should be no public restrictions.

It probably abstains from lobbying and from any direct interference with the legislative process. They may exer- cise the full power of management and direction if they wish, but Reportp.

Do they not know better than others, better even than the membership of the professional societies of social-science professors, what is good for the countryl It is not a pleasant con- cept under American traditions. And to turn down a project suggested by this young man himself — that is far too dangerous for any university or professor to consider lightly.

Congressional reports, by necessity, highlight certain features of a limited number of tax-exempt foundations and are likely to invite generalizations from a few explored data. There is much evidence that, to a substantial degree, foundations have become the directors of education in the United States.


Com- plaints of this kind have been registered against the Ford Motor Company. We have a social force that selectively encourages and re- wards the scientific hack. On the other hand, a foundation can operate in reverse, in regard to public relations. The third strategic move which I hheir suggest is that social science initiate a more rigorous system of internal policing.

By the 12th century they had come to own 9, manors and had become rich to obvious excess. What mattered was not that foundation trustees were concentrated on the Eastern Seaboard but erne a pattern of interlocking operations existed at various levels of management.

These small awards received considerable newspaper publicity. It survived its many perils, however, to bring to the attention of Congress and the people grave dangers to our society. It was a case of conform, or no grant!

We conclude that the Foundation was not to be engaged solely in charitable work. To ask other readers questions about Foundationsplease sign up. Second printing by Angriff Press,with permission of A.aormser. It is no longer as easy as it was to use foundations for business manipulations intended to evade or avoid the imposition of taxes. Like earlier students a.workser foundations, he is concerned with foundation support of selected political ideas and favored institu- tions.

In many cases the foundation acts as host for such prepara- tory groups. It came about largely through the use of intermediary organizations to which foundations could donate wholesale funds for retailing grants.

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

Such influence is obvious even when the foundation making grants insists on the contrary. The symbol of academic prestige is not necessarily influene evidence of learning or of sound social judgment. Shaina marked it as to-read Nov 18, The Committee had before it a mass of evidence of this bu- reaucratic power. Inthe Byzantine Emperor Constantine Kopronymos, after first attempting to tax the holdings of the numerous monasteries which had become too powerful, confiscated their properties, which had been fuondations by generations of Christians for chari- table purposes and pious causes.


Total founda- tion wealth is generally underestimated. The Reece Committee had perhaps the most hazardous career of any committee in the history of Congress. They are dedicated to such diverse causes as the political and financial support of the State of Israel; the fight against segregation; the liberalization of the immigration laws for the benefit of their co-religionists; and opposition to the political aims of certain other religious groups. And, as the Reece Com- mittee said: Research in the social sciences plays a key part in the evolution of our society.

A special committee was created by the House of Representatives of the 83rd Congress to investigate tax-exempt organizations.

Foundations: Their Power and Influence

Criticizing the Rockefeller, Sage, and Carnegie foundations, he said: These dangers relate chiefly to the use of foundation funds for political ends. The tragedy was that it also became a specialist in promoting the Communist cause in Asia, succeeding so well in this endeavor be- cause of the vast financial support given to it by the major founda- tions. They now depend on others also in the early stage, when they decide what specific problems to investigate.

But they will also admit that they usually dare not turn down a grant, however inconsistent with their policy, priority of goals, or urgent needs it may be, for fear they might earn the displeasure of the granting foundation.

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To secure such assist- ance, is it not likely that he will conform to what he may believe would please those who give him their financial grace? Then he becomes a teacher, at a salary sometimes below that of an ordi- nary laborer. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Such institutions already owned about half the real estate in Mexico.