Bartley J. Madden Foundation

Purpose

Our fundamental purpose is to promote a free-market, dynamic, value-creation society. A society that maximizes innovation and opportunity, treats people fairly, and sustains win-win relationships.

Beliefs

A free-market society is the best way to achieve widespread prosperity and raise the standard of living for everyone. A free market entails property rights, voluntary transactions, and a level competitive playing field where the rules apply equally to all participants.  This contrasts with cronyism, where what counts is who you know in government. What counts in a free-market society is how much value you create for others, which is the path to earned success for yourself.   

A dynamic, free-market society enthusiastically supports experimentation, knowledge building, and innovation that guides value creation by both established firms as well as startups. Such a society strives for equality of opportunity and enables people to rise as high as their skills, determination, and insight can take them.

Allocation of Resources

We therefore support:

  • Programs and educational resources that demonstrate how everyone, particularly the least well off, benefit from a society that embraces the free market, which has been the greatest force to reduce poverty and increase prosperity.
  • Organizations skilled in helping people get jobs that offer a career path to earned success.
  • Programs to assist veterans of our armed services to transition into productive, private sector jobs.
  • Programs to instill private sector innovation and efficiency into government processes.
  • Research that advances our understanding of how a knowledge-building culture leads to sustained innovation and high performance.

Bartley J. Madden
Gregory L. Madden
Jeffrey B. Madden