Michael E. Hartmann

Michael E. Hartmann is senior fellow and director of the new Center for Strategic Giving at the Capital Research Center. For more than 18 years, he served on the program staff of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, including as its director of research. He assisted Bradley’s vice president for program in administering the foundation’s grantmaking in K-12 education, employee rights, economic growth and prosperity, energy and the environment, law and legal reform, equal opportunity and individual liberty, and family and society. He 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. Before joining Bradley in 1998, he was director of research at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Hartmann has 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 also been a consultant to other foundations and education-reform organizations.

Loving mankind poorly

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

A conversation with Carl Schramm (Part 2 of 2)

The Syracuse University professor and former Kauffman Foundation president talks about entrepreneurship, education, and philanthropy with Michael E. Hartmann.

A conversation with Carl Schramm (Part 1 of 2)

The Syracuse University professor and former Kauffman Foundation president talks about business plans and entrepreneurship, including philanthropic efforts to support it, with Michael E. Hartmann.

Philanthropy might benefit from more generalists instead of specialists, too

Liberally educated generalists with range, rather than narrowly focused specialists with technical expertise and sometimes-overbearing confidence.

The etymology of “dark money”

Where did the phrase originate, and what does it mean?

The underappreciated benefits of “other-side” policy-oriented giving

It may sometimes be a good idea for policy-oriented givers to consider supporting those on the other side of an otherwise-overarching ideological divide or with another worldview.

A conversation with Phil Buchanan

Michael E. Hartmann talks to the president of The Center for Effective Philanthropy and author of “Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count.”

Realism vs. radicalism: the practice and promise of philanthropy

Phil Buchanan’s “Giving Done Right” offers practical advice to grantmakers during times of radical outcry.