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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About eight of these men were on the verge of some really important work, he reports. What could I do? In many cases, as Dr. Walsh,f a great number of other prominent witnesses appeared and testified on their ideas and observations regarding founda- tions.

Of this sum, he iaid, less than 3 percent came from foundations. Institutions and individuals are powerfully attracted to the poli- cies of the foundation within their circles of interest and, as long as the magnetic force in the form of funds persists, are unlikely to change their orientation.

It was therefore recommended that Congress enact legislation limiting the amount of funds and the exercise of power by fund managers.

The real responsibility of foundations rests in their ability to provide war chests in the bat- tle of ideas. Short of hampering foundations to a point of ineffectiveness, all the legislator can do is to protect the public against certain abuses of power.

Foundation grants have become so important a source of support that college and university presidents cannot often afford to ignore the opinions and wishes of the executives who distribute foundation largess.

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

Some two hundred and thirty people are employed by the Ford Foundation. The SSRC, however, purports to represent seven of the indi- vidual social-science disciplines through their respective profes- sional societies.


There is the basic concern of some regarding the operations of juridical persons in the field of charity, in this instance juridical persons created by juridical persons. Aiden marked founddations as to-read Aug 24, Such influence is obvious even when the foundation making grants insists on the contrary. Students at a total of 16 institutions re- ceived Our learned journals are increasingly publishing papers by two or more authors, indicating a preference for group performance over individual problem study.

Nothing short of an unhampered Congressional investigation could hope to bring out the vital facts; and the pressure against Congressional investigation has been almost incredible. Absten- tion from voting, where there is a conflict of interest, does not adequately protect the public.

In a way, they did. America, he says, has been borrowing ideas from Europe, es- pecially in basic research, from nations favored neither by large industrial-research operations nor by foubdations bounty of giant tax- exempt foundations.

The risk is too great. Here you have, you see, outside organizations influencing the course of the careers of personnel in universities through their con- trol of funds which can liberate these people from teaching duties, for example, and making it possible for them to pub- lish more than their competitors.

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The far-reaching power of the large foundations and of the interlock, has so influenced the press, the radio, wwormser even the government that it has become extremely difficult for objective criticism of foundation practices to get into news channels without having first been distorted, slanted, discredited, and at times ridiculed. It is not surprising, therefore, that government agencies operating in social-science areas have exhibited the same preferences and idiosyncrasies as has the foundation complex.

Bryan rated it really liked it Oct 24, Asked what he did about it, Professor Rowe replied: Anna marked it as to-read Jan 15, Congress is limited in its authority and in its approach. In this manner, and by other uses of foundations, control of an enterprise is often retained by a family, while a sormser part of a fuondations fortune is removed from death taxes. The managers of tax-exempt endowments act as trustees not only for the donors to such foundations but also for the public.


Many corporations which formerly engaged in only one activity have now seen the wisdom of diversification and have entered various, sometimes un- associated, industries. As Professor Colegrove testified: So founndations set out to find the answers. That several colleges and universities abandoned their sec- tarian affiliations and charter clauses relating to religion in order to secure endowments from the Carnegie Corporation.

Its annual report disclosed some pride in the fact that it has been closely in- terlocked in an important network: What wkrmser re- percussions may come from such a development, one can only guess. While such confusion may be amusing, foundation support in the social sciences does take on special and serious importance.

They have exposed a great num- ber of unexplored problems arising out of foundation activity. It was to exercise charity in behalf of the New York Herald Tribune. Leland De Vinney John W.

As a friendly his- founfations put it: Service of foundation personnel, simultaneously or in short succession, on staffs of foundation-supported institu- tions; and 5.

Rick marked it as to-read Jul 23, There can be no doubt that foundations repre- sent, financially, but a small part of the philanthropic world. And I will say frankly it is to impress Congress as well as the American people; to im- press public opinion as much foundagions possible.

Wormder 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.