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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It wanted our fundamental laws against perpetuities ignored and repealed so far as concerned its powers and limitations. Rusk lauds can be dangerous. The American foundation is a social invention, created to con- tribute to the improvement of the public welfare. 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 results were disastrous for our country. William rated it really liked it Sep 25, Moreover, it materially increases this power and its influence by building collateral alliances which serve greatly to insulate it against criticism.

In many cases the foundation acts as host influnece such prepara- tory groups. There are in existence many para-religious organizations whose only relationship to religion is that their membership comes from only one confession.

Foundations: Their Power and Influence by Rene A. Wormser

There can be little doubt that some of these militant organiza- tions, spending their tax-exempt funds openly to influence legisla- tion, should be deprived of their tax advantage. I am not sure what Mr. The great religions since time immemorial have identified it with personal salvation. Gf the 4, foundations listed, 77, inheld 3 billion of the aggregate of 7 billion in assets. This book grew out of my conviction that some of the materials examined by the Reece Committee, for which I acted as general counsel, deserve broader circulation.

This might constitute a counterforce to the influence of the foun- dation complex were it not for the fact that, to a great extent, the same persons who control or expend the funds of the complex in the social-science fields also direct or advise on the expenditures of the Federal government in these areas. 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?


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Labor, on the other hand, has sometimes complained that, if the corporation is so affluent as to be able to create and maintain a foundation of its own, it could afford to pay higher wages.

One is that foundations are not subject to the nor- mal forms of control by which other institutions are checked, such as responsibility to a constituency or membership, or to an aca- demic body.

Business is subject to checks and balances by pressures from labor, from competitive or substitute goods and theri, from government, and from the political action of many citizen pressure groups. Paperback wormer, pages. Congressional committees can contribute very sub- stantially to such appraisal.

Researchers might easily be squeezed into a com- mon mold. Usually, the curbing of privileged and tax-exempt charitable or- ganizations took place because of their economic power. It is no longer as easy as it was to use foundations for business manipulations intended to evade or avoid inf,uence imposition of taxes. This technique of fund raising results in a far- reaching Gleichschaltung of public charity— a general adoption of the policies of the large foundations which offer the matching.

The Reece Committee gheir gave one rather shocking example of a type of tax avoidance. Second printing by Angriff Press,with permission of Devin-Adair.

There are substantial dissimilarities between the purposes, char- acteristics, and operators of the various organizations. 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.


They may be donors and recipients at the same time. In his book he deals with the disastrous impact of organization techniques on the life of America.

Foundations: Their Power and Influence

By careful selection of a trustee, here and there, from among proprietors and executives of newspapers, periodicals, and other media of communication, it can assure itself of adulation and support. Dean Rusk, speaking for the Rockefeller Foundation, explained that consultation among foundations arose “from the desire on the part of each one to use its funds to the best advantage. It would warrant special attention in connection with any study of the extent to which foundation interlocks have influenced government.

Of this sum, he iaid, less than 3 percent came from foundations. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But the Kinsey incident does show that comparatively small donations may have big repercussions in the realm of ideas.

They have become almost a guild, the bureaucrats of the foun- dation complex. It is very likely that these experts would be selected from those favored by the journal. The system was so convenient and intriguing that clearing houses were brought into existence further to amplify this system of delegation.

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. It is the people who run them who must account, morally, to the public.