Bradley Impact Fund

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The Bradley Impact Fund is a donor-advised fund "aligned with" the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation that gives grants to right-wing and conservative organizations identified by the Bradley Foundation.[1] The Bradley Foundation is "a cornerstone for the conservative movement in Wisconsin and across America," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.[2]

The Bradley Impact Fund is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and describes its mission as "To provide funding to organizations that research public policy and educate the public on policy issues."[3]

Like DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund (DT and DCF), the Bradley Impact Fund is a "donor-advised fund," which means that the fund creates separate accounts for individual donors, and the donors then recommend disbursements from the accounts to different non-profits. They cloak the identity of the original mystery donors because the funds are then distributed in the name of the fund, contributing another step to what in the case of DT and DCF has been called a "murky money maze."[4]

Funding

2015 Grants Given

List of grants reported for 215:[5]

2014 Grants Given

List of grants reported for 2014:[6]

2013 Grants Given

List of grants reported for 2013:[7]

Core Finances

2015[5]

  • Total Revenue: $4,136,052
  • Total Expenses: $2,889,715
  • Net Assets: $4,049,889

2014[6]

  • Total Revenues: $2,667,223
  • Total Expenses: $2,589,971
  • Net Assets: $2,906,836


2013[7]

  • Total Revenues: $4,806,952
  • Total Expenses: $2,082,910
  • Net Assets: $2,838,850


2012[3]

  • Total Revenues: $155,000
  • Total Expenses: $41,196 (no grants made)
  • Net Assets: $113,804

History

Founded in February 2012,[3] the Bradley Impact Fund was developed by Robert E. Norton, then vice president for external relations at the Bradley Foundation.[8] According to the Philanthropy Roundtable's Philanthropy Magazine, the Bradley Foundation "established the Bradley Impact Fund to encourage other donors to fund ­Bradley grantees."[9]

Personnel

As of August 2015:[1]

Board of Directors

Staff

Contact

Bradley Impact Fund
1249 North Franklin Place
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 1-855-299-3863

Address for donations:
Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services
Attn: Grant Administration MAC: D4000-062
One West Fourth Street, 2nd Floor
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bradley Impact Fund, "About," organizational website, accessed August 2015.
  2. Daniel Bice, Bill Glauber and Ben Poston, "From local roots, Bradley Foundation builds conservative empire," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 19, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bradley Impact Fund, 2012 IRS Form 990," organizational tax filing, May 3, 2013.
  4. John Mashey, Fake science, fakexperts, funny finances, free of tax 2, DeSmog Blog report, updated October 23, 2012, p. 19.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bradley Impact Fund, 2015 IRS Form 990, Internal Revenue Service, April 19, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bradley Impact Fund, 2014 IRS Form 990," organizational tax filing, May 19, 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bradley Impact Fund, 2013 IRS Form 990," organizational tax filing, May 14, 2014.
  8. Hillsdale College, "Robert E. Norton Named General Counsel of Hillsdale College," press release, August 15, 2014.
  9. Adam Meyerson, "President’s Note," Philanthropy Magazine, Spring 2015.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, "Board of Directors," organizational website, accessed August 2015.
  11. Rich Kirchen, "Bradley heir Uihlein proposes arena at Panther Arena, Milwaukee Theatre site," Milwaukee Business Journal, September 24, 2014
  12. Daniel Bice, "Venture capitalist Einhorn paid for voter fraud billboards," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 19, 2012.
  13. Paul Gores, "M&I reports smaller loss; Kuester retires as chairman," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 20, 2010.
  14. Gary D'Amato, "Golf course visionary plans resort near Wisconsin Rapids," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 20, 2013.
  15. Kathleen Gallegher, "Pair launches new venture capital fund," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 24, 2012.