An Apprenticeship in Philanthropy: Edwin Rogers Embree and the Rockefeller Foundation, 1917-1927

by Alfred Perkins

Jan 1, 2008
As the history of American philanthropy continues to unfold, and as various aspects of the movement attract scholars, some attention might well be directed to the first two generations of foundation executives. These men and women were essentially pioneers, moving into uncharted territory, exploring the possibilities of this new enterprise, establishing outposts of interest along the trails they blazed. In the process they established patterns of operation, similarity of procedures, and in time a set of common outlooks that proved all but determinative for the future of organized giving.
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