The Story of the Rockefeller Foundation (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers, 1952 - Social Science - 336 pages
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Since its original publication in 1952, Fosdick's book has been the single most reliable treatment of one of the most important philanthropies in the United States and indeed the world. Fosdick served as president of the foundation for twelve years, from 1936 to 1948, when it was the largest grant-making endow-ment in the world. As Steven Wheatley notes in his valuable new introduction, in part The Story of the Rockefeller Foundation was intended as an instrument of institutional self-defense. When it was written, the foundation community was under mounting political attack from the right, and the book was meant to help balance the Scales by cataloging the foundation's good works. As a deliberate self-portrait, the book conceals as much as it reveals, while in the process it reveals a good deal about the author. Fosdick sees politics, like bureaucracy, as perhaps an avoidable problem and not an inevitable consequence of foundation activity. He sees foundations as engaging in the application of scientific, tech-nical, and organizational solutions to public problems through a "venture cap-ital" approach to discovering how to resolve them. Fosdick's "higher ground" approach became established philanthropic practice far beyond the Rockefeller Foundation. Consequently, this volume is significant as an institutional history as well as a charter for American foundations.

  

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Contents

THE BACKGROUND OF THE IDEA
1
THE BIRTH OF THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION
14
THE CONTROL OF HOOKWORM
30
THE BROADENING PROGRAM IN PUBLIC HEALTH
44
THE CHALLENGE OF YELLOW FEVER
58
INVASION FROM AFRICA
71
THE JOHNS HOPKINS OF CHINA
80
MEDICAL EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES
93
TOOLS OF RESEARCH
167
AGRICULTURE
181
THE PROBLEM OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
192
THE SOCIAL SCIENCES IN A TIME OF CRISIS
210
THE GROWTH OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
227
THE HUMANISTIC STUDIES
237
HUMANISM AS AN INTERPRETER
252
INVESTMENT IN LEADERSHIP
266

MEDICAL EDUCATION AROUND THE WORLD
105
MEDICAL RESEARCH AND PSYCHIATRY
123
THE FOUNDATION ENTERS NEW FIELDS
135
THE NATURAL SCIENCES
145
EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY
156
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
279
THE EVOLUTION OF PRINCIPLES
289
PERSPECTIVE
299
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