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March 17, 1956

American Foundations and Their Fields

JAMA. 1956;160(11):1003. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960460081026

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The role of the American foundations and the fields in which they operate in the United States are not well understood. This book, which is in its seventh edition, describes more than 4,000 foundations. There are more foundations than are listed in the book, but many operate in such a way that information concerning them is not readily available. For example, it has been estimated by the author that, if information could have been practically obtained on all foundations, descriptions of 7,300 might have been included. Sources of reliable information have suggested the existence of as many as 30,000 foundations, but many of these are small and restricted to extremely limited fields. Following an introduction describing foundations in general, the states and the foundations operating in them are alphabetically listed. The information is in brief but pointed form; for example, for most foundations the name, address, where incorporated, donors, principal

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