Daniel P. Schmidt

Daniel P. Schmidt

The Giving Review co-editor Daniel P. Schmidt retired in 2017 from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee as its Vice President for Program. He joined Bradley in 1985 and worked there as a Program Officer, Senior Program Officer, Vice President for Operations, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2001 and 2002, Acting President.

During his more than three decades at Bradley, Schmidt helped it become one of the country’s most-influential and -effective conservative policy-oriented foundations. Among other things, he oversaw creation in 1989 of the Bradley Commission on History in Schools; the annual Bradley Symposium in Washington, D.C.; and the 2008 Bradley Project on America’s National Identity.

Before joining Bradley, Schmidt was Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marquette University, where he had earned his Ph.D. in History and taught Russian History and Western Civilization.

Schmidt currently serves on the boards of directors of the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation in Chicago, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Seton Catholic Schools network, and Messmer Catholic Schools in Milwaukee.

He has written for National Affairs, National Review Online, City Journal, RealClearPolicy, RealClearBooks, RealClearReligion, Philanthropy Daily, HistPhil, and the Capital Research Center.


1984’s lay letter on economy may be more relevant now

We have been here before: a debate about capitalism between clerics and capitalists occurred during preparation of a bishops’ pastoral letter on the economy in America almost four decades ago. The lay letter on the economy warrants serious re-examination given the new debates into which its concepts should be re-introduced.

Notes on the Larsens’ case in Minnesota

Picking up on aspects of good policy-oriented giving.


Further thoughts on trust

And philanthropy.

Loving mankind poorly

Overcoming temptations and the tragic with tough-mindedness and long-termism.


A conversation with Craig Kennedy

Daniel P. Schmidt and Michael E. Hartmann talk to the Hudson Institute senior fellow and former Joyce Foundation and German Marshall Fund president about philanthropy and international affairs.

A conversation with Howard Fuller (Part 2 of 2)

The civil-rights and parent-choice activist talks to Daniel P. Schmidt and Michael E. Hartmann about philanthropy, education reform, and the principles driving his work.


A conversation with Howard Fuller (Part 1 of 2)

The civil-rights and parent-choice activist talks to Daniel P. Schmidt and Michael E. Hartmann about basketball, his early life, community organizing, and being an organizer.

Beneficial bluntness about binariness and “Balkanization”

More are recognizing America’s “identity crisis” as urgent.


The Bradley Foundation’s role in helping build Miller Park: decisive and agile, with a strong sense of place

Remembering, and trying to learn from, a good philanthropic role played more than two decades ago.

America’s identity crisis

A decade-old report still has much to teach us.