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Science  08 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5438, pp. 220-221
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5438.220c

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Most science-oriented philanthropies cultivate an above-the-fray, aristocratic image. Not so the James S. McDonnell Foundation, a St. Louis-based philanthropy that last year had assets of $480 million. McDonnell, which largely supports neurosciences and has made a name for itself by fostering the subdiscipline of cognitive neuroscience, runs like an academic department, relies heavily on outside peer reviewers, and is not afraid to collaborate with other foundations.