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Master of Business Administration (MBA)


College of Business & Professional Studies

Degree Program



Business Administration


Family Planning, Birth Control, Population Control, Nonprofits, Rockefeller Foundation, Contraception, Social Control, Philanthropy, Entrepreneurship, Charitable Foundations


Issues of population control and family planning have in the last decade impinged on a variety of social, political, and economic arenas as the technology of birth control has developed. This development has been driven by the involvement of three sectors: private foundations, the pharmaceutical industry and the government.

The role of nonprofit foundations in this important area of public policy, from which both government and industry have withdrawn, is examined. This case study traces the development of nonprofit foundations and demonstrates the extensive degree to which they are relied upon to provide basic research, to tackle controversial subjects, and to finance social action projects. The Rockefeller Foundation was chosen as the focal point because of its early entry into the fields of public health~ The catalyst for this topic is the contraceptive implant NORPLANT.

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