America’s founding fathers decided that is was not in the best interest of its citizens for the federal government to be directly involved with social welfare, but recognized a duty to assist its less fortunate. They made provisions for non-profit organizations to distribute money to aid those in need. Universities considered it unseemly, before World War II, to accept tainted monies from the government, since it might bear undue influence over pure scientific research. This pattern has evolved. Today non-profit, corporate, and government grant monies are available to be used by thousands of persons, organizations, and state governments for research, humanitarian efforts, and programs considered valuable in the interest of the public good.
Journal of Information Ethics
Anderson, Judy, "Introduction to Special Issue: Grants" (2007). CUP Faculty Research. 195.
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