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


A conversation with Daniel J. Mahoney about Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti (Part 1 of 2)

The Assumption University professor and author talks to Daniel P. Schmidt and Michael E. Hartmann about the Holy Father’s new encyclical and its “innovations” in Catholic social teaching.

A “push off the starting gate” for strategic ultra-high-net-worth philanthropists ends with a little “pull”

Into an existing “philanthropic ecosystem” about which they should be wary.


What conservative philanthropy should have seen coming, and how it should look at what’s next

Gerald F. Seib’s new book skillfully overviews what’s happened to conservatism since 1980 and helpfully frames its forthcoming challenges and opportunities.

A “perversely bold” idea: eliminate private foundations

Pitt Law’s Philip Hackney suggests denying tax-exempt status to 501(c)(3) groups that aren’t public charities. Well, that (re-)calls the question.


What were (c)(4)s before what (c)(4)s are?

In the decades before “darkness” was deemed descriptive.

The Forbes 400, conservatives, and conservative philanthropy

Names at the top of the list, math on the “back of the envelope:” outnumbered, outspent.


Looking even more forward to a David Rubenstein book on “patriotic philanthropy”

An explanation and defense of his once-uncontroversial efforts to support America’s history and heritage would be well-warranted.

“Calling bullshit” in philanthropy

Relearn the art of skepticism, and improve grantmaking.


Conspicuous giving garners rich more respect than conspicuous consumption, study finds

But can giving be so conspicuous that it’s as bad as extravagant consumption?

Six ways conservatives should—and shouldn’t—give to higher ed

If conservative donors hope to effect real change on college campuses, they need to be very careful about the ways they offer funding.