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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Individual talent is too sporadic and unpredictable to be allowed any important part in the organization of society. This power extends beyond its immediate circle of associations, to those who hope to benefit from its bounty. Among the trustees and officers of The Rand Corporation were found the following who had material connections with other foundations: By closely cooperating foundations, which themselves in- terlock through directorates.

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 foundtaions might earn the displeasure of the granting foundation. The investigation by the Reece Committee disclosed no criticism whatsoever of the Kellogg, Duke, or Pew foundations.

Foundations: Their Power and Influence

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

They are held strictly to an exact loyalty. He was recently in charge of a Ford Foundation survey of the University of Pennsylvania. Planning of scientific work by com- mittee has become the accepted pattern. I think the officers of the professional societies are extremely good listeners and follow pretty carefully the advice that is given them by the foundation officers. Clearly enough, foundation executives are entitled to their po- litical opinions as private individuals.

They are not likely to be pleased to find a quasi-monopoly operating in intel- lectual areas which are not mere “ivory tower” but influence our society very materially, A system of interlocks among major foundations and associated organizations has long existed in social-science research and edu- cation. Lists with This Book.

Also, there may have been a penetration of foundation boards and administrative ranks by anticonservative professionals academicians, scholars, and ad- ministratorswith a resulting adoption of their current idiosyncra- sies by the endowments. It was most distressing to the Reece Committee to find that such professionals, without themselves having fiduciary responsi- bility, exercise such vast power.


Nor should we forget the attempts to impose on us changes in our own basic declarations of human rights. Under these and associated handicaps, a Congressional inquiry cannot hope to do the thorough study which the subject requires. Preview — Foundations by Rene A.

The Templars had become a sym- bol of charity and culture; they had also grown enormously wealthy and had become a very strong influence in the western world. Their contributions to the security and civilization of Europe, their performance during the Crusades were soon forgotten.

Second printing by Angriff Press,with permission of Devin-Adair. The generally accepted practice of matched grants multiplies the impact of foun- dation giving. The school administrator approaching a foundation, hat in hand, and eager to propose a project which conforms to the known leanings of the foundation executives, is a sad product of our age.

Like earlier students of foundations, he is concerned with foundation support of selected political ideas and favored institu- tions. Covenant House Books, cviii 2. The Internal Revenue Service seems alert to the problem involved and is likely to propose successive, cor- rective legislative measures whenever new business abuses of the tax-exemption privilege appear.

The Council on Foreign Relations, another member of the international complex, financed both by the Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations, overwhelmingly propagandizes the globalist concept.

In the resulting public discussion, even some of the most stalwart supporters of the criticized foundations were obliged to admit to certain deficiencies; indeed, some major changes in personnel and qnd operating policies ensued.

The patterns of interlocking positions of power may take various shapes. In his book he deals with the disastrous impact of organization techniques on inflluence life of America. The pious sultans of the Ot- toman Empire contributed to the problem by donating land con- sistently to religious foundations.

They participate actively in public discussions regard- ing the divorce laws, birth control, religious instruction in the pub- lic schools, ffoundations. 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 donated by generations of Christians for chari- table purposes and pious causes. This is a field in which private inquiry should be encouraged.

What, then, are the bases for such punishment? It has common ideas both as to concepts of responsibility and business affairs. These functions are the essence of the fiduciary duty of the trus- tees. Humanity has found that even a religious identity has not always kept powerful charitable poser from conflicting with the public interest. Power is often exerted by foundations to promote projects, rather than to support institutions, because of the desire of man- agers to do business in public, to publicize themselves and their sendees.


The American foundation is a social invention, created to con- tribute to the improvement of the public welfare. As foundatiosn concern of lay institutions organized to dispense benefaction to the poor and deserving, it is of a more recent nature.

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These institu- tions may exert political influence, support subversion, or exhibit tendencies conflicting with our national traditions. Wormssr and try again. It is likely to find friends among the banks which hold its great deposits; the investment and brokerage houses which serve its investment problem; the ma- jor law firms which act as its counsel; and the many firms, institu- tions, and individuals with which it deals and which it benefits.

Provisions against accumulation of unexpended income and against expenditure in any year of more than 10 percent of capital were demanded, together with rigid inspection of finances investment and expenditure and complete publicity through open reports to the Government.

But the limited time they devote to such work is not enough to enable them to exercise the degree of control and re- sponsibility which their duty requires.

As Professor Colegrove testified: They have the intelligence but not the time to absorb the subject. Return to Book Page. A mere suggestion by one of these young men from the foundations can materially founcations the direction of a project proposed by an institution or an academician.

They have become almost a guild, the bureaucrats of the foun- dation complex. Honeywine marked it as to-read Dec 14, There are in existence many para-religious organizations whose only relationship to religion is that their membership comes from only one confession.