The “foundations” which the Committee investigated did not all carry that label, . RENE A. WORMSER CONTENTS PREFACE by drazilla carroll reece v. Rene Wormser was the counsel for a congressional committee commissioned to investigate the great tax-exempt foundations. Despite opposition from the. Foundations has 17 ratings and 0 reviews. Rene Wormser was the counsel for a congressional committee commissioned to investigate the.

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Looking at them together, one is impressed with their lack of consistency, and this is no wonder. There was a time when many people in the United States refused to buy Ford products because of the antics of the Ford Foundation-created Fund for the Republic and even for some of the acts of The Ford Foundation itself.

I am not sure what Mr. Such administrators will freely admit that they do not like to receive restricted or earmarked grants and would far prefer to be wwormser in their disposition of money given to their institutions. Among public-relations consultants the practice of publicly establishing the virtue of a previously despised person or institution by forming a tax-exempt foundation and beating the drum for it is quite common.

The argument can be made, as it has been made in relation to Big Business, that it is not necessary to prove that the power reposing in bigness has actually been abused. Evidence in the possession of the Commission supported the following complaints: RedCharlieRun rated it liked it May 26, This founrations lay partly in the political activity of some of the guiding managers of the Order.

The board upheld their decision not to do this.

Founda- tions per se are neither good nor bad. Some smaller foundations, like The Hillman Foundation, have found their influence greatly amplified through the granting of an- nual awards. William rated it really liked it Sep 25, While there is much overlapping, foundations might be di- vided into three classes: Some opponents of bigness now wish to prevent diversification, even when the collateral activities of a great corporation give it no preponderant or even commanding position gene the collateral industries.



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

The real responsibility of foundations rests in their ability to provide war chests in the bat- tle of ideas. Our learned journals are increasingly publishing papers by two or more authors, indicating a preference for group performance over individual problem study.

Only a minority of foundations has fallen victim to the obsession for social change. It is a different matter with organizations created to pursue partisan ends and using the dues of members for this pur- pose.

De Tocqueville, in foudnations of his famous observations about tene racy in America, reported with some amazement the propensity of this nation for the formation of voluntary associations for common ends.

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The emergence of this special class in our societyendowed with immense poxoers of thought control ‘is a factor which must be taken into account in judging the merits of contemporary founda- tion operations. Theoretically, a society could be completely made over in something like 15 years, the time it takes to inculcate a new culture into a rising group of youngsters.

Mosely trustee Harvey S. The situation permits large foundations to exercise a profound influence upon public opinion founndations upon the course of public af- fairs. Such objectives might conceivably be political, in which event, combinations of huge foundations created by huge corpora- tions could constitute a potential ree dangerous to our society.

Many unquestionably commendable accomplishments should not, however, immunize a foundation from criticism for mistakes involving what may be termed a breach of trust. Speaking of economic control Professor Lasswell asks; Shall we rely upon a rule to guide public policy in regard to the permissible degree of market control per- mitted to private foundqtions

Foundations: Their Power and Influence

His observations are in conflict with the apologetic contentions of those managers of endowments who testified in later Congressional hearings that they did not interfere with the intellectual pursuits of grantees.


Despite opposition from the media and the financial elite, the committee discovered that the Rockefeller, Ford, and Carnegie Foundations were working in education, government, and the media to convert our country into a socialist nation. The problem of foundation bigness per se may thus arise seriously to concern the general public unless foundation managers become alert to the in- herent dangers of bigness by avoiding, in the future, the tech- niques of joint planning; of joint support of intermediary organi- zations which thus achieve commanding positions in the world of ideas; and of eliminating or destroying counterweighing competi- tion in the support of ideas.

He contends that the flow of really good ideas and scientific achieve- ment is hindered rather than advanced by the habitual bigness of corporation- or foundation-supported research projects. They understand neither the lingo nor the substance of the ma- terials with which academicians work in these fields after a life- time of training.

It was our in- tention to find the factual basis for preserving their constructive functions and at the same time for supplying guidance for future legislation and administrative action against the use of foundation power for political ends.

Humanity has found that even a religious identity has not always kept powerful charitable organizations from conflicting with the public interest. Limited as it was by time and money, the Reece Committee could attempt only a partial investigation of some of the less de- sirable features of wormseg management in the United States.

No longer does the scholar carry the initiative.