Chairman of President’s War Relief Board Backs Idea of National Budget Service

The continuation of the reviews of the budgets of agencies under its jurisdiction was advocated by Charles P. Taft, acting chairman, of the President’s War Relief Control Board, which is soon to be terminated, in a letter to Sidney Hollander, president of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds.

Pointing out that the board was glad to learn that the member agencies of the council are considering a plan to set up a national budget review service “on somewhat the same basis as the National Budget Committee being established under the auspices of the Community Chests and Councils Inc.,” Mr. Taft said:

“The review of agency budgets is a function which properly should be continued after-our liquidation by voluntary organizations rather than a Government agency. This seems to us to be both desirable and practical through a national budget review service associated with responsible fund-raising organizations such as the community chests and the Jewish federations and welfare funds.

“We believe that local fund-raising organizations should welcome such a national service with the same enthusiasm with which they properly should defend the right of the local organization and its contributors to determine their specific allocations to national agency budgets after receiving the advice of the central budget services.”

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