1. Barack Obama served on the board of directors of Woods Fund of Chicago from 1993 to 2001. During that time, the tax exempt foundation made some interesting grants, including one to Obama's church, Trinity United Church of Christ, headed by Rev. Jeremiah Wright at the time. Grants were also made to ACORN, a left wing voter registration group and to a partnership for constructing low income housing. Archived-Articles: Obama and the Woods Fund of Chicago 2. The Woods family member who was active in the foundation died in 1980, and the leftist staffers who took charge, many of whom were veterans of the Midwest Academy, hijacked the agenda and pushed it aggressively to the left, funding Tides, ACORN, and various Alinsky organizations. a. O'Sullivan's First Law (a.k.a. O'Sullivan's Law), paraphrased by George Will as stating that any institution that is not libertarian and classically liberal will, over time, become collectivist and statist. O'Sullivan's First Law: All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing. I cite as supporting evidence the ACLU, the Ford Foundation, and the Episcopal Church. The reason is, of course, that people who staff such bodies tend to be the sort who don't like private profit, business, making money, the current organization of society, and, by extension, the Western world. At which point Michels's Iron Law of Oligarchy takes over and the rest follows. John O'Sullivan on O'Sullivan's First Law on National Review Online b. The Midwest Academy is a community organizer training institute committed to "advancing the struggle for social, economic, and racial justice," founded in 1973 and based in Chicago, Illinois, Midwest Academy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 3. The Pew Charitable Trusts was created by oil tycoon and Christian conservative J. Howard Pew in 1957, to educate Americans on the values of the free market and the paralyzing effects of government controls on the lives and activities of the people. Then, in the 1980s, progressive Dr. Thomas Langfitt became president, and channeled the foundations wealth toward Left-wing causes. a. Rebecca W. Rimel is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pew Charitable Trusts (PCT). Rimel is a self-described 1960s leftist who once said, "If we could re-infuse the idealism of the Sixties into our work, there [would be] nothing this country couldn't do." Rebecca Rimel - Discover the Networks b. Pew is now the largest funder of the Left-wing Tides Center, directing funds to hundreds of radical groups and concealing the sources of the funds. 4. The fortune of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., fell into the hands of heirs who used it to fund left-wing causes, as well. The current chairman is Nelsons son, Steven Rockefeller, emeritus professor of religion at Middlebury College, and a lifelong socialist and environmentalist. "The dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, the depletion of resources, and a massive extinction of species. The benefits of development are not shared equitably and the gap between rich and poor is widening. An unprecedented rise in human population has overburdened ecological and social systems." Steven Rockefeller, TULSANS FOR SUSTAINABLE FREEDOM 5. No shift to the Left was as significant as that of the Ford Foundation. Formed in 1936, by Edsel Ford, Henrys only son, it placed 95% of company stock under the charge of the foundation. That made it the worlds largest charitable foundation until the formation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006. When Henry died in 1947, Edsel having passed away in 1943, the foundation drifted away from its conservative moorings. Under Liberal Republican McGeorge Bundy, Ford became a leading sponsor of progressive causes. In 1967, Bundy aligned Ford with the black power movement. a. Community control was backed by an unlikely coalition of "black power" activists, like Sonny Carson, and white, patrician liberals, like Mayor Lindsay and the president of the Ford Foundation, McGeorge Bundy. Ocean Hill-Brownsville: Unleashing American Liberalism - The New York Sun b. In recent years, the Ford Foundations penchant for funding radial causes has been so extre3me that even liberals otherwise supportive of Ford and its philanthropy have spoken out against some of its giving. Horowitz and Laksin, "The New Leviathan," p. 57. 6. The support for Left-wing causes is both ubiquitous, and affluent. They fund and control the media and the schools. a. As of 2009, the financial assets of the 115 major tax-exempt foundations of the Left add up to $104.56 billlion. Not only is this total far more than the financial assets of the 75 foundations of the Right, it was more than ten times greater! Horowitz and Laksin, Op. Cit., p.8. Woe betide this nation.