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William A. Schambra

Senior Fellow

William A. Schambra is 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. 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.”

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Bill Schambra quoted in Philanthropy News Digest on the future of the Clinton Foundation

Bill Schambra quoted in Bloomberg on foundations providing philanthropic contributions to their local, struggling municipalities

Bill Schambra quoted in The Wall Street Journal and National Review on major donations to public school systems

Bill Schambra quoted in Chronicle of Philanthropy on letting local people determine how to use donated dollars

William Schambra interviewed by Michigan Radio News on pensions and bankruptcy problems in Detroit

William Schambra’s work at the Bradley Center examined in National Review Online

William Schambra quoted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on philanthropic giving strategies