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Great Philanthropic Mistakes is the first book to explore why foundations fail. The new edition is 15,000 words longer, with extensive revisions to every chapter, and includes a bibliography. In eight case studies, Martin Morse Wooster looks at major programs that ended disastrously. In each case, arrogant foundations thought that, given enough resources and time, they could prevent overpopulation, cure cancer, and "find Michelangelo." These failures should provide warnings for future philanthropists who think their billions can change the world. Topics include: Abraham Flexner and the Rockefeller Foundation's funding of medical education (1913-1928) The Lasker Foundation and the "War on Cancer"; (1944-1976) The Ford and Rockefeller Foundations and Population Control (1952-1981) The Ford Foundation's "Gray Areas" Program (1959-1965) The Carnegie Corporation of New York and Public Television (1965-1967; 1977-1979) The Ford Foundation and New York City school decentralization (1967-1968) The MacArthur Foundation's Fellows Program (1981-present) The Annenberg Foundation and school reform (1993-2001)
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Martin Morse Wooster is a senior fellow at the Capital Research Center and a contributing editor of Philanthropy. He frequently gives interviews about the history of philanthropy to newspapers, magazines, and television shows in the U.S. and in Britain. He is the author of Angry Classrooms, Vacant Minds; The Great Philanthropists and the Problem of Donor Intent'; Should Foundations Live Forever?; The Foundation Builders, Return to Charity?; and By Their Bootstraps. He has been Washington editor of Harper s Magazine, an associate editor of the Wilson Quarterly, Washington editor of Reason, and an associate editor of The American Enterprise, and has also been a contributing editor of Reason and Strategy + Business. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal, Australian Financial Review, Reader s Digest, Elle, Spin, Washingtonian, Esquire, Air and Space, The American Spectator, Crisis, and Policy Review.
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