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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This book is a third printing from by Covenant House Books. Wormser,] acted as general counsel, deserve broader circulation. It is not easy to investigate foundations, not even for Congress to attempt it: A special committee was created by the House of Representatives of the 83rd Congress to investigate tax-exempt organizations.

Carroll Reece of Tennessee. Why foundations are started: The chief motivation in the creation of foundations has long ceased to be pure philanthropy—it is now predominantly tax avoidance or minimization. The increasing tax burden on income and estates has greatly accelerated a trend toward creation of foundations as instruments for the retention of control over capital assets that would otherwise be lost. The creation of a new foundation very often serves the purpose of contributing to a favorable public opinion for the person or corporation that endows it.

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 Reece Committee had perhaps the most hazardous career of any committee in the history of Congress.

It survived its many perils, however, to bring to the attention of Congress and the people grave dangers to our society. These dangers relate chiefly to the use of foundation funds for political ends.

It was additional indication that the long arms of the foundations extended even into high places.

The report of The Rockefeller Foundation also minced no words in advocating globalism. The Council on Foreign Relations, another member of the international complex, financed both by the Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations, overwhelmingly propagandizes the globalist concept. The weight of evidence before this Committee, which the foundations have made no serious effort to rebut, indicates that the form of globalism which the foundations have so actively promoted and from which our foreign policy has suffered seriously, relates definitely to a collectivist point of view.

Despite vehement disclaimers of bias, despite platitudinous affirmations of loyalty to American traditions, the statements filed by those foundations whose operations touch on foreign policy have produced no rebuttal to the evidence of support of collectivism. I have the very definite feeling that these various foundations you mention very definitely do exercise both overt and covert influences on our foreign relations and that their influences are counter to the fundamental principles on which this nation was founded and which have made it great.

The influence of the foundation complex in internationalism has reached far into government, into the policymaking circles of Congress and into the State Department.

Foundations: Their Power and Influence

This has been effected through the pressure of public opinion, mobilized by the instruments of the foundations; through the promotion of foundation-favorites as teachers and experts in foreign affairs; through a domination of the learned journals in international affairs; through the frequent appointment of State Department officials to foundation jobs; and through the frequent appointment of foundation officials to State Department jobs.

At least one foreign foundation has had a strong influence on our foreign policy. It has accomplished this by annually selecting a choice group of promising young men for study in England. The usually Anglophile alumni of this system are to be found in eminent positions in legislation, administration, and education and in the ranks of American foundation officials. They form a patronage network of considerable importance.

Frank Aydelotte in a book, The Rhodes Trust published inreported: Who knows what economic worldwide planning is being concocted by UN agencies, much of which will later be promoted domestically by these foundations, following their thesis that UN is the only road to peace?

Nor should we forget the attempts to impose on us changes in our own basic declarations of human rights. That proposed by UN ignored the right to hold private property. Here we wish simply to emphasize that in our generation efforts are being made to arrange and control human relationships more consciously, more deliberately, and, it is to be hoped, more responsibly than during the last century.


An interdependent world is being forced to an awareness of the limitations of individual freedom and personal choice. Its report discloses one of its purposes:.

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

Social scientists may be said to have come to constitute a fourth major branch of government. They are the consultants of government, the planners, and the designers of governmental theory foundatiosn practice. They are free from the checks and balances to which the other three branches of government legislative, executive, and judicial are subject.

They have attained their influence and their position in government mainly through foundation support; and this support, in the past, has been chiefly given to persons, institutions, and ideas of a progressive-liberal, if not Socialist, coloring.

Research in the social sciences plays a key part in the evolution of our society. Such research is now almost wholly in the control of the professional employees of the large foundations and their obedient satellites.

Even the great sums allotted by the Federal government for social science research have come into the virtual control of this professional group. Research programs are set up in terms of social goals, and it is assumed that professional training provides the deep insight needed. Having set up schools for the training of prophets, it gratifies us to hear that the great task of social science is to remake the world.

There is much evidence that, to a substantial degree, foundations have become the directors of education in the United States. Privately financed educational institutions have had a bad time during the period of rapidly increasing costs. 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.

Such administrators will freely admit that they do not like to receive restricted or earmarked grants and would far prefer to be unfettered in their disposition of money given to their institutions. 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 they might earn the displeasure of the granting foundation.

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.

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. No longer does the scholar carry the initiative. He is degraded to a recipient of alms handed out by an almoner who is no longer responsible to the prince. A very powerful complex of foundations and allied organizations has developed over the years to exercise a high degree of control over education.

It was a case of conform, or no grant! When to conform meant bathing in a stream of millions, college and university administrators and their faculties were inclined to conform. Individual talent is too sporadic and unpredictable to be allowed any important part in the organization of society. Social systems which endure are built on the average person who can be trained to occupy any position adequately if not brilliantly.

Foundations: Their Power and Influence by Rene A. Wormser

One gathers from Mr. 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. This propaganda has nearly convinced the American people that the Marxian formula is good for it.

He named The Rockefeller Foundation. The impact of foundation money upon education has been very heavy, largely tending to promote uniformity in approach and method, tending to induce the educator to become an agent for social change and a propagandist for the development of our society in the direction of some form of collectivism.

Wormser,] have earlier referred—propaganda toward a collectivism which now has broadened to international collectivism—globalism.

The school is to be a militant agent in the campaign for the globalist idea. The growing radicalism which was beginning rapidly to permeate academic circles was no grass-roots movement. In the most important field of the behavioral sciences, for instance, an Founations Committee assists the Foundation in the selection of recipient universities.


Dollard and Young are very familiar names. They selected Stuart Chase to do The Proper Study of Mankindthe exposition of the current social-science orthodoxy. Their names appear, again and again, in foundation operations. As an example of interlocking directorates, the report cited fondations case of The Rand Corporation.

This is a corporation in the nature of a foundation, which plays a very important part in government research. It would warrant special attention in connection with any study of the extent to which foundation interlocks have influenced government.

Among the trustees and officers of The Rand Corporation were found the following who had material connections with other foundations:. The far-reaching power of the large foundations and of the interlock, has so influenced the press, the radio, and 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.

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. As indicated by their arrogance in dealing with this Committee, the major foundations and their associated intermediary organizations have intrenched themselves behind a totality of power which presumes to place them beyond serious criticism and attack.

It took courage for academicians to testify before the Reece Committee. To offer any criticism of the major foundations and those organizations with which they interlock is equivalent to writing yourself off their books. They know how to deal with those who dare to disagree. As Professor Charles W. Briggs, professor emeritus of Columbia University, testified, they have terrified many who would be critical. It is tragic in a high degree that men who have won confidence and position in the education world should be intimidated from expressing criticism of a foundation whose administrators and policies they do not respect.

He added these remarks concerning the power of the foundations to punish criticism or to suppress it by the inducements of their patronage:. It has been stated that, unlike colleges and universities, foundations have no alumni to defend them. But they do have influential people as members of their boards, and these members have powerful friends, some of whom are more inclined to be partisanly defensive than objectively critical.

Moreover, there are also thousands who, hopeful of becoming beneficiaries of future grants, either conceal their criticisms or else give expression to a defense that may not be wholly sincere. The giant foundation can exercise enormous power through the direct use of its funds. Moreover, it materially increases this power and its influence by building collateral alliances which serve greatly to insulate it against criticism. 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 major law firms which act as its counsel; and the many firms, institutions, and individuals with which it deals and which it benefits.

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. Their Power and Influence.

Covenant House Books, cviii. Or, subscribe via e-mail: June 14, Foundations: Foundations are into globalism: The challenge of the future is to make this world one world. Spruille Braden, former Assistant Secretary of State. Its report discloses one of its purposes: Among the trustees and officers of The Rand Corporation were found the following who had material connections with other foundations: Charles Dollard trustee — Carnegie Corporation L.

He added these remarks concerning the power of the foundations to punish criticism or to suppress it by the inducements of their patronage:

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