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The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc.

1241 N. Franklin Pl.

Milwaukee, WI United States 53202-2901

Telephone: (414) 291-9915


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment; Politics

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $901,945,006

Total giving: $40,558,023






Incorporated in 1942 in WI as the Allen-Bradley Foundation, Inc.; adopted present name in 1985 - Lynde and Harry Bradley established the Allen-Bradley Company in 1903. The company was acquired by Rockwell International Corporation in 1985, and a significant portion of the proceeds was dedicated to establishing The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Purpose and Activities

Support for projects that cultivate a renewed, healthier, and more vigorous sense of citizenship, at home and abroad. Projects will reflect the assumption that free men and women are genuinely self-governing, personally responsible citizens, able to run their daily affairs without the intrusive therapies of the bureaucratic, social service state. Consequently, they will seek to reinvigorate and revive the authority of the traditional institutions of civil society - families, schools, churches, neighborhoods, and entrepreneurial enterprises - that cultivate and provide room for the exercise of citizenship, individual responsibility, and strong moral character. Projects reflecting this view of citizenship and civil society may be demonstrations with national significance; public policy research in economics, politics, culture, or foreign affairs; or media and public education undertakings. Local support is directed toward cultural programs, education, social services, medical and health programs, and public policy research.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Bradley Prizes Program

The Bradley Prizes formally recognize individuals of extraordinary talent and dedication who have made contributions of excellence in areas consistent with The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s mission. Up to four Prizes of $250,000 each are awarded annually to innovative thinkers and practitioners whose achievements strengthen the legacy of the Bradley brothers and the ideas to which they were committed. Bradley Prize nominations are solicited from a national panel of more than 100 prominent individuals involved in academia, public-policy research, journalism, civic affairs, and the arts. All nominees are carefully evaluated by a distinguished selection committee that makes recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which selects them. The Prize winners are then honored at a celebratory awards ceremony.

Program-Related Investment

Historically, the foundation has made PRIs on a limited basis for support in the areas of community improvement and public/society benefit.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Civic participation
  • Civics for youth
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Foreign policy
  • Higher education
  • Humanities
  • International relations
  • Political science
  • Public affairs
  • Public policy
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $901,945,006 (market value)

Gifts received: $0

Expenditures: $49,497,723

Total giving: $40,558,023

Qualifying distributions: $46,934,929

Giving activities include:

$170,223 for 2 foundation-administered programs