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February 19, 1927

The Financing of Social Work.

JAMA. 1927;88(8):590. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680340062035

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In this volume the accumulation of funds for charity is put on a business basis. Mr. Mortimer L. Schiff, well known as a banker, who contributes the introduction to the volume, says for it that it shows how modern methods of business can be applied even when the returns on the invested capital are measured only by benefits to the community. The volume is divided into three parts, with a number of appendixes. The first part deals with the history and plans for a community chest. It seems that the first community chest appeared in Cleveland in 1919 as an outgrowth of the Cleveland War Chest Board. In developing this section of the book, the authors provide estimates of the money spent for charity, describing methods of protecting campaigns against fraud and educating the public in the matter of giving. The second section of the book deals with the organization

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