William A. Schambra

William A. Schambrais a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute. Prior to joining Hudson as director of the Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal in January 2003, Schambra was director of programs at the Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee. Before joining Bradley in 1992, Schambra served as a senior advisor and chief speechwriter for Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Director of the Office of Personnel Management Constance Horner, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan. He was also director of Social Policy Programs for the American Enterprise Institute, and co-director of AEI's "A Decade of Study of the Constitution."

From 1984 to 1990 Schambra served as a member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, to which he was appointed by President Reagan (via williams). From 2003 to 2006 he served on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Schambra has written extensively on the Constitution, the theory and practice of civic revitalization, and civil society in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Policy Review, Christian Science Monitor, Nonprofit Quarterly, Philanthropy, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Crisis. He is the editor of several volumes, including As Far as Republican Principles Will Admit: Collected Essays of Martin Diamond.

An increasingly hostile atmosphere for endowed institutions

Populist wave of resentment not likely to be turned back by an abstruse discussion of the finer points of tax law.

Remembering Louis Sullivan’s Tuskegee Convocation speech about a “culture of character”

“For the souls that are within us, no one can degrade.”

What would Dean Zerbe’s Grandma do?

An exhortation—and legislation?—about charitable endowments.

Remembering Rick Cohen

His voice should still be heard now.

Philanthropy’s “Call to Action”

At last, our largest foundations may see benefit in foregoing all their restrictions, processes, and expectations—opting instead for trust in grantees.

Katrina, the coronavirus, and the idea of American community (Part 2 of 2): “We take care of our own”

Surveying crisis-caused civic involvement—and appreciating, and supporting, it.

Katrina, the coronavirus, and the idea of American community (Part 1 of 2): How best to meet big challenges, together

Generate the moral energy for a reinvigorated central government, or rely on a bewilderingly diverse and dispersed network of local, decentralized civic institutions?

Understanding philanthropy within the American political order

Progressive philanthropy will be frustrated in its ultimate aim to achieve a fully just and equal society, because it is working against the grain of our order, in pursuit of an abstract, utopian goal.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s new senior opinion editor should understand four schools of thought about philanthropy

And foster continued healthy discourse within and among all of them.

Bloomberg’s philanthropy

In the current context, it certainly raises several important questions, large and small.