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.


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

And totalitarianism, transcendence, and the triumph of truth.

Similarities in some strategies and tactics

George Soros’ new book notes “pitfalls and paradoxes” of philanthropy in ways that seem quite familiar.



Aspiring for truth in the attention economy

We’re in the midst one of the most-drastic changes in the flow of information in history. Policy-oriented funders need to change their strategies accordingly.

Further thoughts on Miller Park, and giving up or pulling together

As the current Brewers owner says, “Teams can go in two directions” when major setbacks happen.


Further thoughts on the crises at the Whitney in particular and facing cultural philanthropy in general

A “come-to-history” moment about the long and winding road ahead, deeper into a dictatorship of virtue.

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.