1st Edition

The Story of the Rockefeller Foundation

By Raymond B. Fosdick Copyright 1989
    354 Pages
    by Routledge

    362 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    I: The Background of the Idea; II: The Birth of the Rockefeller Foundation; III: The Control of Hookworm; IV: The Broadening Program in Public Health; V: The Challenge of Yellow Fever; VI: Invasion From Africa; VII: “The Johns Hopkins of China”; VIII: Medical Education in the United States; IX: Medical Education Around the World; X: Medical Research and Psychiatry; XI: The Foundation Enters New Fields; XII: The Natural Sciences; XIII: Experimental Biology; XIV: Tools of Research; XV: Agriculture; XVI: The Problem of the Social Sciences; XVII: The Social Sciences in a Time of Crisis; XVIII: The Growth of the Social Sciences; XIX: The Humanistic Studies; XX: Humanism as an Interpreter; XXI: Investment in Leadership; XXII: “Throughout the World”; XXIII: The Evolution of Principles and Practices; XXIV: * Perspective


    Raymond B. Fosdick