Trends in Social Work, 1874-1956: A History Based on the Proceedings of the National Conference of Social Work

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20
THE COUNCIL OF SOCIAL
AGENCIES

ONE OF THE causes that brought about the charity organization movement was the need to create some sort of order in the many unrelated public and private agencies dealing with the poor. In pursuit of this aim, the general idea of organization was broken down into several parts, one of which was to coordinate the task of raising money by social agencies, which was tried early in Liverpool, England, in 1869, and taken over in Denver in 1889.1 This phase of coöperation, however, did not make any progress in America until money raising was put on an independent footing in Cleveland in 1913. Another means adopted by the early societies was that of joint registration, whereby societies might avoid duplicating the efforts of other agencies. Use of this device had a steady growth in the more progressive societies, and it was retained as one of their primary functions until taken over by the council of social agencies. Another novel feature was that of endorsement of charities. It is not known how widely this function was incorporated into the activities of the early societies, but in the larger cities, such as New York, Boston, and Chicago, as well as London, it became an important service, and in many of the smaller cities, the contributors to the local charity organization society look to it to advise them on their charitable gifts. And so the situation remained, till the councils of social agencies or the community chests took over the function of endorsement.

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See Chapter 21.

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