Democracy & Philanthropy: The Rockefeller Foundation and the American Experiment
October 1, 2013
Many argued in 1913 that Rockefeller wealth seemed poised to undermine the democratic character of American institutions. Under the shadow of public concern, the trustees of The Rockefeller Foundation launched programs to strengthen American political institutions, promote equal opportunity in a plural society, and reinforce a shared sense of national identity. The relationship between democracy and philanthropy has been constantly tested over the last century. Democracy & Philanthropy: The Rockefeller Foundation and the American Experiment offers insights and anecdotes to guide the next generation of American philanthropists.