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William A. Schambra

Director, Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal

William A. Schambra is director of Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal. Prior to joining Hudson 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. 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, The Christian Science Monitor, Nonprofit Quarterly, Philanthropy, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Crisis, and has edited several books, including As Far as Republican Principles Will Admit: Collected Essays of Martin Diamond. The NonProfit Times named Schambra among its 2013 Power & Influence Top 50, lauding him for "consistently sticking his finger in the eye of the sector's elite" and raising questions "designed to broaden the idea of philanthropy's role in America today."

Creating Clarity For Nonprofits

Release of the Giving USA 2014 Annual Report June 26th event

A Book Discussion of "The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty"

Luncheon Discussion of James Joyce's "The Dead"

Donor-Advised Funds: Warehouses of Wealth?

Is Philanthropy Killing Itself with Kindness?

SIBling Revelry: Are Social Impact Bonds the Next Big Thing?

Broken Cities or Civic Renewal?

What Would Jefferson Do?: UVA and the Crisis of Liberal Education

A Book Discussion on "Foundations of the American Century"

Are Think Tanks Becoming Too Political?

What is Social Justice Philanthropy?

Crunch Time For Nonprofits?

A Book Discussion on "Mistakes to Success: Learning and Adapting When Things Go Wrong"

A Book Discussion on "American Foundations: Roles and Contributions"

The 2010 Elections: What Do They Mean for Foundations and Nonprofits?

Is Philanthropy a Profession? Should It Be?

Philanthropy and the Storm: Five years after Hurricane Katrina

Book Discussion of "The Abundant Community"

Giving USA 2010: Who Gave, How Much, and To Whom in 2009?

To The Rescue? FoundationsÂ’ Grantmaking Response to the Financial Crisis

Book Discussion of "The Power of Social Innovation" by Stephen Goldsmith

Too Close for Comfort? Obama and the Foundations

Nonprofits Divided over "Citizens United?"