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.

What the anti-poverty activists hath wrought

Profiles in Howard Husock’s new book tell a larger story, engagingly tracing an unfortunate development: the displacement of civil society by the state.

What givers can learn from Clarence in It’s a Wonderful Life

An important charitable lesson from the classic Christmas film.

Paul Volcker, R.I.P.

He conducted himself in the proper manner, and for the proper reasons.

A conversation with First Things editor R. R. Reno (Part 2 of 2)

The author and former theology professor speaks with Daniel P. Schmidt and Michael E. Hartmann about philanthropy, the “open society,” populism, and true freedom.

A conversation with First Things editor R. R. Reno (Part 1 of 2)

The author and former theology professor speaks with Daniel P. Schmidt and Michael E. Hartmann about rock-climbing, conservatism, and opinion journals and magazines.

Take it from a decades-long foundation executive: money doesn’t mean so much

It’s less important than the “pilgrimage.”


Thank you.

California’s corporate board-makeup mandate faces legal challenges

Troubling implications for foundations and grantmaking if those challenges fail.

Before the Wall, Westminster; before Schabowske, Sheptytsky

With overriding principles of freedom and human dignity, underlying practices of patience and persistence.

Further thoughts on revolution, remembrance, and the revitalization of civil society

And totalitarianism, transcendence, and the triumph of truth.