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How Foundations Work: What Grantseekers Need to Know About the Many Faces of Foundations by Dennis P. McIlnay

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Chapter Two

Foundations as Judges: The Art of Deciding Who Gets a Grant

When you die and come to approach the judgment of alm ighty God, when you stand before St. Peter in supplication at the gates of heaven, what do you think he will demand of you? Do you for an instant presume that he will inquire into your petty failures and your trivial virtues …? No! No indeed! He will brush all these matters to one side and he will ask but one question: “What did you do as a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation?!”

FREDERICK GATES, CHAPTERS IN MY LIFE (1977, p. 265)

I will not give charity. I am not poor enough for that.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA (1957, p. 3)

The metaphor of the foundation as judge seems particularly apt given that ...

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