1976 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Annual Report

Jan 01, 1976
  • Description

As the observance of our nation's Bicentennial draws to a close, one can sense among our people a rekindling of the American spirit. The year has been observed in typical American style-parades, reenactments, beautification projects, TV specials, carnivals, fireworks. But running through the festivities has been, for many individuals, a quest for greater understanding and meaning and a recommitment to American ideals, with an appreciation for those things that make the United States unique in the history of nations. Voluntary giving-of time, talent, money-is one phenomenon which has characterized our society for 200 years and before. From the days of earliest settlement, we have employed a pluralistic approach to meeting societal goals, mobilizing both private and public resources. The American people give generously for the benefit of others and for the enrichment of human life. Another American phenomenon is our structure of economic enterprise, based upon individual initiative in a system which permits the enter­prising to keep some of the rewards of their effort.