This week on Giving Ventures, host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett gathers three experts from across the country who are working to combat poverty using innovative, free-market solutions to help solve one of the most confounding problems of our day.

As Peter says, “My colleagues and I regularly engage with groups that aim to limit government, grow personal responsibility, and strengthen free enterprise. This show lets us share the insights we glean from those conversations and, in turn, help you connect projects to your own philanthropy.”

The twice-monthly podcast will feature a variety of people, initiatives and nonprofits dedicated to making the world a better, freer place thanks to the ongoing generosity of our donor community and seeks to connect givers with the causes and projects they care about the most.

So, pull up a chair or get some steps in as you stream our inaugural episode, featuring Randy Hicks, president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Center for Opportunity; Mark Warner, president of Atlas Network; and Graham Walker, executive director of the Independent Institute.

Many nonprofits struggle with measuring their impact, oftentimes because they lack clarity of purpose. That’s not the case with Randy Hicks. Randy pinpoints for listeners the problems at play in Georgia, what’s needed to fix those problems and how he and team are able to gauge their success.

“The reality is that, ultimately, what we want to measure success by is whether or not fewer people are unemployed, fewer people are living in poverty, and so what we’ve got to do is kind of narrow those measurements around specific segments,” he says.

Additionally, Atlas Network President Matt Warner explains what his organization is doing to help liberty-centric think tanks more effectively communicate the upside free-market policies have on unleashing economic prosperity and, consequently, elevating the human condition.

Billions of taxpayer dollars are spent annually to try and alleviate things like poverty, with little return. People are hungry for real solutions, says Matt. “One of the things that I think should have free-marketers in the U.S. pretty excited is that the appetite to think differently about poverty is out there.”

Finally, Graham educates listeners on the “homeless industrial complex,” how it’s failing Californians and what the Independent Institute is doing to promote ideas that will turn California’s homeless crisis around. “People need help and they need to be able to get into the working economy,” Graham says.

This episode of Giving Ventures will get your mind racing about the all the possibilities for new philanthropic partnerships and open your eyes to the ways your giving is changing the world. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, and visit us at www.donorstrust.org/podcast to stream the podcast.


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