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Crawford, Robert S. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 27, Number 4 (Feb. 1926)

Report of committee of alumni of the University of Wisconsin appointed to investigate the action of the regents refusing all gifts from educational foundations,   pp. [91]-95


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               "The alumni of a state university are first'of all good
citizens; ,the5 desire for the- university only what all goodIcitizens
                          desire-whatever may be necessary to make the university
of greatest service-to the state."
Vol. XXVII                                  Madison, Wis., February, 1926
                                Numbr -4
REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF ALUMNI OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN APPOINTED
           TO INVESTIGATE THE ACTION OF THE REGENTS REFUSING ALL GIFTS
                                FROM EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS
               Note: This report, which is rendered to the Xlumni Board,
will be considered by that body at its next meeting.
-On August 5, 192,5 the- Board of
Regents of the University of Wiscon-
sin by a vote of nine to six passed
the following resolution:
    "Resolved that no gifts, dona-
    tions or subsidies shall in the
    future be accepted by or on be-
    half of the University of Wis-
    consin from any incorporated -
    educational endowments or or-
    ganizations of like character."
    The undersigned were appointed
 by the alumni board as a committee
 representing the alumni association
 to find out the facts with relation to
 the action"of the board of regents.
 Weý were asked to address ourselves
 to these questions: 'Is the regents'
 action justified? What shall be the
 attitude of the organized .alumni of
 our university?' and we were re-
 quested to 'find and report the facts
 to the alumni and   the  public oi
 Wisconsin and of other states,' with
 our recommend-eYons, if any. Need-
 less to say we received no instruc-
LIoS nU no uinimation or  eviews
of the alumni board which appoint-
edus.
   We have had but one object in
view, namely to conserve the best in-
terest of the university. We have
had seven sessions. * * * In ad-
dition to this we spent much time in
investigation outside of regular ses-
sions; a sub-committee of our com-
mittee devoted itself to the work In
the interim between Oct. 4 and Oct.
17.
   We approached this question in
the full belief that the regents, each
and all, acted "as they believed for
the best Interest of the university.
As alumni of the university, how-
ever, we assert the freedom to con-
sider the policies of the Institution
that means so much to us,- to express
any views that we have, and to freely
proclaim them whether or not those
views are in accord with the views
of those In authority, with a sincere
desire to cooperate with all who are
workinz for the well-being of the
university.
  H1igher Education Always Support-
ed by Private Benefaction.
     Public Universities Young
   It may, be noted that higher edu-
cation has always been supported
largely by private benefaction. The
great historic institutions like Har-
yard,... Yale, -Princeton,-Amherst,
Dartmouth    and  Cornell received
their first impetus and most of their
endowment from     private sources,
and so they have always done. In
the days when American democracy
was in the making there were no
state universities in the present day
sense. The university, owned, con-
trolled and directed by  state offi-
cials, has been a comparatively re-
cent development. Since .they have
come into being,. they- have been the
recipients of many Jtrivate benefac-
tions. During the year 1923-4, 29
state -universities received contribu-
lions, many of them small it is true,
from   private, -sources. California,
Michigan and Minnesota especially
have received   large, beneficences,
conspicuous among *which are the
splendid law building at Ann Arbor,
established and endowed to the ex-
tent of 'many millions by a single
munificent giver, and. the $2,0-00,000
gift of the Mayo Foundation for the
endowment of the medical school of
the University of Minnesota.
   TEn1fVrRstV Af W-le.nneIna affta
   The University of Wisconsin has
 received since its ' founding, more
 than 250 gifts, aggregating  more
 than $4,400.000. Among the largest
 of these are the gift of the Wash-
 burn observatory, the Adam Wills
 fellowshins, the Carl Schurz Memo-
 rial fund. the various Brittingham
 donations, the Bradley   Memorial
 bospital, the gift of Mr. and Mrs.
 Charles R. Crane and Dr. and Mrs.
 H. C. Bradley the J Stepbens Tripp
 bequests, the Calvin K. Jane estate.
 the Institute for Research in Land
-Economics gift, the Terzer Thomp-
son beouest. the John M. Olin be-
auest, the Vilas beauest and the nu-
merous contributionq to the Memo-
rial union. These do not take into
account the gifts of the Carnegie
Fooundation for 'teachers' pensions,
which will be hereinafter referred to.
   Among the givers are also founi'r
the names of J. Ogden: Armour, E. L
Dupont de Nemours company (pow-
der trust). Tennessee Coal and Iron
comnany. James J. Hill, William A.
Clark, H. J. Heinz company, Wis-
consin Gas, association, Milwaukee
Gas   Light   company, Wisconsin
River Power -company, Albert B.
Kuppenheimer     company, Quaker
Oats company, Gustav Pabst, Wil-
liam Wrigley, jr.
  -Wisconsin--Legislative: Poticy...
    it has been the immemorial legis-
lative policy of -the state to invite
gifts from private sources to educa-
tion.
   The state constitution provides
that among the sources of the school
fund of the state shall be 'all moneys
arising from -any grant to the state
where the purposes of such grant are
not specified, including' also the-
tainted money of the criminal, name-ý
ly, 'the clear proceeds of. all fines'
collected in several counties for -any
breach of the penal laws.' - '
   In 1866 the legislature enacte6d.
that 'for the. endowment and support
of the university there -are hereby
appropriated ......... all contribu-
tions to the endowment fund as may.
be derived from   public or private4
bounty.............. The entire income
of all said funds shall be placed at
the disposal of the  board  of re-
gents.',
   The recognition  of. gifts as a
source of Income of'. the university.
has been carried down to date and,
much enlarged from time to time.
many years provided and..now prq--
vide that 'all gifts. grants, bequests
and ,devises :for -the benefit or ,-ad-
vantage of, the university or any of
its departments, colleges, schools,
halls, observatories or institutions,
or to Drovide any means of instruc-
tion, Illustration or knowledge in
connection therewith. whether made
to trustees or otherwise, shall be le-
gal and valid, and shall be executed
and enforced according to the provi-
sions of the Instrument making the
same.' and that 'all such     gifts,
grants, devises or bequests may be
made to the rerents of the university
or to the president or to any nm#---
thereof or to any person or persons
as trustees.' and that 'all gifts.
grants, beduests and devises from In-
dividuals, partnerships or corpora-
tions......... for or in behalf of
the university or any department
-thereof or any purpose connected
therewith, are appropriated to the
board of regents of the university
and shall be used according to the
provision-- of the instrument or act
making the same.'
       1909 Resolution Noted
   In 1909 a joint resolution of sen-
ate and house was passed. . reciting
that the regents of the university
hlnd ndonted this resolution:
    'Resolved that the regents direct


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