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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The men who operate foundations do have power thei greater than that of elected or appointed government officials. The managers of tax-exempt endowments act as trustees not only for the donors to such foundations but also for the public.

Professor Rippey was in- censed at the extent to which decisions of vital importance were left to foundation bureaucrats, and expressed this opinion of them: Where individual grants are eventually contemplated, these foundations generally rely on other organizations and institutions to select from among applica- tions. This practice cannot help but produce conformity to the ideas of the clique which rules The Social Science Research Council.

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

But the far-from-com- pleted investigation did disclose sufficient instances of question- able practices to permit an understanding of some of the general precautions that ought to be applied to foundation management.

It is tragic in a high degree that men who have won confidence and position in the education world foundatons be intimidated from expressing criticism of a foundation whose administrators and policies they do not respect.

They have been aired by Congressional inquiry before. It wanted our fundamental laws against perpetuities ignored and repealed so far as concerned its powers and limitations. Foundations are into globalism: They must be so dedicated. Rusk lauds can be dangerous.


This endowment spends its money to persuade the pub- lic that real estate taxes can and should replace all other forms of taxation. There are in existence ;ower para-religious organizations whose only relationship to religion is that their membership comes from only one confession.

Full text of “Foundations, America Foundations; Their Power And Influence Rene A Wormser ( )”

Each specialized in some field of research or of social ac- tion and often could act with more detailed understanding than could the contributing foundations which scattered their interest over large areas.

Then he becomes a teacher, at a salary sometimes below that of an ordi- a.wormsed laborer.

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.

The organization was run by an inner group of its executives. Open Preview See a Problem? The United States government now spends far more money on social-science research than do all the foundations combined. Kenneth Colegrove, Professor Emeritus of Politics at Northwest- ern University at the time of his testimony he was on a temporary teaching assignment at Queens Collegehad this to say before the Reece Committee about foundation trustees: Raymond Davis marked it as to-read Oct 19, Helen Andrews rated it really liked it Aug 12, The report of The Rockefeller Foundation also minced no words in advocating globalism.

They granted these agents great power, a power immensely enlarged when foundations, acting in concert, supplied such substantial financing that the intermediary agent became a dominating force in its specialized area. But the cooperation among the managers within the foundation complex does not favor the nonconformist.

Its stationery gives this impression, which is mis- leading. 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.


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. A few examples will illustrate: Privately financed educational institutions have had a bad time during the period of rapidly increasing costs. Foundation grants have be- come 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.

Some smaller foundations, like The Hillman Foundation, have found their influence greatly amplified through the granting of an- nual awards. This fashion is one of confidence in the power of man to create heaven on earth by manipulating the structure of government. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet.

A later Pope, referring to this precedent in dissolving the Jesuit order, described the consequences of excessive wealth and in- fluence as general disrepute ob universalem diffamationem sup – pressit et totaliter extinxit. Here you have, you see, outside organizations influencing the course of the careers of personnel in universities through their control of funds which can liberate these people from teaching duties, for example, and making it possible for them to publish more than their competitors.

Several Catholic powers, sometimes with the very approval of the Church, confiscated property accumulated from charitable donations and legacies in the hands of religious orders and societies.

Foundation responsibility is not mere financial responsibility but, far more importantly, social responsibility. Essentially, the Textron idea was to provide tax-free shelter for business rnee, but in organizations which could remain under control.