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The golden donors : a new anatomy of the great foundations /
Waldemar A. Nielsen.
edition
1st ed. --
imprint
New York : E.P. Dutton, c1985.
description
xi, 468 p.
ISBN
0525243666
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : E.P. Dutton, c1985.
isbn
0525243666
general note
"A Truman Talley book."
catalogue key
3330111
 
Bibliography: p. 451-456.
Includes index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1985-12:
Golden Donors tells the stories of the nation's 36 largest private foundations, which have a vast influence on private philanthropy in the United States. For each foundation, an account of the donor's life (and personality), the foundation's management, and the development of its philosophies and program is given. A section on the MacArthur Foundation, one of America's newest and largest, is replete with tales of the founder's eccentricities and infighting among the board of directors. Incidentally, the MacArthur Foundation provided a grant to the author for the writing of Golden Donors. Nielsen's wide-open approach makes these inside stories interesting reading for those with some knowledge of private foundations and philanthropy in the United States. Sybil B. McShane, Dept. of Libraries, Montpelier, Vt.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1985-10-25:
Nielsen, who wrote The Big Foundations in 1972, here updates his study of America's 36 largest organized philanthropies. Although the project was funded in part by the MacArthur Foundation, the author has succeeded in remaining objective, for his chapter on the feuding within that organization is the liveliest in the book. Overall, however, his examination of foundations with assets in excess of $250 million is bland; for example, he plays down the much-publicized criticism that the McGeorge Bundy regime caused fiscal damage to the Ford Foundation. Nielsen does fault all these organizations for inattention to problems of war and peace, to the decreasing productivity of U.S. industry and to an ``underperforming'' U.S. welfare state. Still, his report is unlikely to garner a wide audience. November 26
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Table of Contents
Introduction to the Transaction Editionp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Backdrop
The Money and the Menp. 3
Reform, Rejuvenation, and a New Dilemmap. 23
The Changing Political Contextp. 37
A Gallery Of Portraits
The Prototypes: Ford and Rockefellerp. 61
The Big Newcomers: MacArthur and Robert Wood Johnsonp. 100
The Liberal Activists: Carnegie, Edna McConnell Clark, and William Pennp. 133
The Evolution of Two Dynasties: The Pews and the Mellonsp. 168
California Comes on Strong: Kaiser, Hewlett, Irvine, Weingart, Keck, and Hiltonp. 200
The Community Foundations, an Important Variant: Cleveland, New York, and San Franciscop. 242
The Major Midwesterners: Kellogg, Kresge, Lilly, and Mottp. 265
The Horse Latitudes: Surdna, Duke, and Sloanp. 315
The Southwest--Rich Land, Poor Land: Houston, Brown, Moody, Mabee, and Noblep. 334
The Nonidentical Minnesota Twins: McKnight and Bushp. 366
A Pair from the Press: Hearst and Gannettp. 386
Patterns And Prospects
Patternsp. 411
A Prescriptionp. 424
Epilogue: Double Crisis, Double Challengep. 435
Notesp. 445
A Short Sampler Of Readingsp. 451
Indexp. 457
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