Michael E. Hartmann

Michael E. Hartmann

The Giving Review co-editor Michael E. Hartmann is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Strategic Giving at the Capital Research Center (CRC) in Washington, D.C. For more than 18 years, he served in various roles on the program staff of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, including as its Director of Research.

Before joining Bradley in 1998, Hartmann was Director of Research at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. He has also been a consultant to other foundations and education-reform organizations.

Hartmann is a past Visiting Fellow of the Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C., where he researched and wrote Helping People to Help Themselves: A Guide for Donors. He is co-author of CRC’s The Flow of Funding to Conservative and Liberal Political Campaigns, Independent Groups, and Traditional Public Policy Organizations Before and After Citizens United, hailed as “an unprecedented study” by RealClearPolicy.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Hartmann has also published law-review articles on the constitutionality of school vouchers and aspects of welfare reform, as well as on the First Amendment and intellectual-property rights. He has written for National Affairs, National Review Online, City Journal, RealClearPolitics, RealClearPolicy, RealClearBooks, RealClearReligion, the Washington Examiner, Philanthropy, Philanthropy Daily, HistPhil, and CRC, as well.

Reach Michael at mhartmann@givingreview.com


California’s corporate board-makeup mandate faces legal challenges

Troubling implications for foundations and grantmaking if those challenges fail.

Virginia Walden Ford’s is the great American story

A role reversal, and its own grand renewal.


Nonprofit employment is rising, in raw numbers and at a rapid rate

Those who care about the sector should be a little unsettled.


A conversation with the Hewlett Foundation’s Daniel Stid (Part 2 of 2)

The Madison Initiative director talks about Congress, the initiative’s grantees, and “philanthropic pluralism.”

A conversation with the Hewlett Foundation’s Daniel Stid (Part 1 of 2)

The Madison Initiative director talks about his early career, management consulting, and philanthropy.


A conversation with Jay Greene of the University of Arkansas (Part 2 of 2)

The Department of Education Reform chair talks about philanthropic education-reform strategies—including the Gates Foundation’s—and learning from failure, or not.

A conversation with Jay Greene of the University of Arkansas (Part 1 of 2)

The Department of Education Reform chair talks about education-reform philanthropy and that which animates it, as well as Teach for America.


Public-discourse giving in a “reputation age”

If we’re moving from an “information age” to a “reputation age,” what are the implications for funding public discourse?

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.