CHAPTER VII
Voluntary Welfare:
Its New Methods and Masters

Power is a test
Of every man's
True character.

Flowing to the man
Who knows his way
Around, power does not
Rest alone on character.

So it is that those
Who seize and use
Great power may be
Giants or gnats
In the community.

How did they get
Their power? Was it
By consent of all of us
Who give or take or watch?

Able to make the
Dollars rain, and even
Able to make them flow
This way and that, here are
True Masters of the
Voluntary welfare of our day.

Shall we beg that they
Restrain themselves? Or
With our ballots and
Our experts shall we try,
Perhaps in vain, to tame them?

THE GREAT CHANGES in voluntary welfare in the twentieth century, beyond any doubt, have been its centralization, mechanization, and ever increasing subordination to those who are masters of its financing.No longer is the small agency serenely independent as

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