Stay Current on the Latest in Free-Market Philanthropy

As the landscape of nonprofits continues to grow, trying to stay current on all the good work going on can be overwhelming–especially if you target your support to efforts that help reduce government’s size and people’s dependence on it. Giving Ventures is designed to help charitable givers discover new opportunities to change the world for the better. Twice a month, the Giving Ventures podcast will highlight several non-profit efforts, initiatives, and projects that leverage private philanthropy to solve public problems.

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Episode 25

Peter interviews Bryant Haines of 2ndVote, which scores companies on how liberal, conservative or neutral they are on social and political issues. Also on this episode is Will Hild of Consumers’ Research to discuss the social credit system that has become “ESG” standards, a problematic and flawed system that elites increasingly use to signal whether a company is worth investing in. And finally Derek Kreifels, co-founder and chief executive officer of the State Financial Officers Foundation gives a rundown on the role state officials play in the ESG tug-of-war. Listen in and click here for the show notes.

Episode 24

On this episode of Giving Ventures, Peter talks with author Gideon Bernstein about the upside of giving and how the tragedy of his son’s murder changed the way Bernstein views the world and his philanthropy. You won’t want to miss this poignant conversation, especially if you need a fresh outlook and roadmap for your giving. Read the show notes here.

Episode 23 Part III

On the third installment of “Inspiring Liberty on Campus,” Young Americans for Liberty Executive Director Lauren Daugherty joins Peter on Giving Ventures to give an update on the organization. Born out of the “Youth for Ron Paul” movement, Young Americans for Liberty is defending the First Amendment rights of college students with a particular emphasis on pushing back against campus-free-speech zones. Why? Because all of campus should be fair game for free speech, says Daugherty. Listen to find out what else Daugherty and her team are doing to preserve the First Amendment rights of more than 1.5 million college students every year and what they did to help pass constitutional carry in Indiana. Read the show notes here.

Episode 23 Part II

On the latest episode of Giving Ventures, Peter interviews Charlie Kirk, founder and president of Turning Point USA, “a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets and limited government.” Charlie talks about his new book, titled “The College Scam: How Colleges and Universities Are Bankrupting and Brainwashing Away America’s Youth,” and what TPUSA chapters nationwide are doing to help students embrace liberty.

Episode 23

On the latest episode of Giving Ventures, Peter interviews Dr. Wolf von Laer, chief executive officer of Students for Liberty. Last year alone, says Dr. Laer, SFL-affiliated students organized nearly 2,000 events on campuses across the globe. The events included protests, town halls and creative activities or exhibitions spearheaded by students. The common thread that ensures students walk away empowered and hopeful about the future of academic inquiry? It’s community, says Dr. Laer. Hear all about it on this week’s episode of Giving Ventures, available wherever you get your podcasts. Click here to read the show notes.

Episode 22

UPDATE: In October, Peter spoke with several nonprofit leaders in the liberty movement that are helping strengthen family life in America. Here, we re-release that episode. Stay until the end to catch a brief update on the progress these organizations have made over the last nine months thanks in large part to our community of givers here at DonorsTrust. You can view the original show notes here.

Episode 21

On this episode of the Giving Ventures podcast, Peter interviews Ian Rowe, author of the new book “Agency: The Four Point Plan (F.R.E.E.) for ALL Children to Overcome the Victimhood Narrative and Discover Their Pathway to Power,” senior fellow at American Enterprise Institute and co-founder of Vertex Partnership Academies, a world-class charter high school, the first campus of which opened its doors this year in the Bronx. This wide-ranging conversation explores Ian’s experience as an education entrepreneur, what donors can learn from his time at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, non-profits that are advancing the idea of agency, and so much more. Click here to read the show notes.

Episode 20

2026 will be a big year. No, it isn’t a presidential election year. Twenty-twenty-six marks the 250th birthday of our beloved United States of America. The fancy term for that is the semi-quin-centennial. The brand you will get to know it as, though, is America250. That is the name of the organization leading the planning and coordination of a national celebration for this remarkable birthday. Joseph C. Daniels, the new CEO and president of America250, joins host Peter Lipsett on the latest episode of Giving Ventures to talk about his plans for the big birthday bash. Click here to read the show notes.

Episode 19

Are free-markets dead? Not a chance. Young entrepreneurs and activists including Cindy Cerquitella of America’s Future; Amanda Covo of Teneo Network; and Marissa Gaston of Washington Policy Center join host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett on the latest episode of Giving Ventures to share how they’re fanning the flames of freedom in their respective communities. Read the show notes here.

Episode 18

What makes a good story? What makes a good story great? IronLight Labs President Jo Jensen, Kite & Key Media CEO and Co-Founder Vanessa Mendoza; Free to Choose Network President and CEO Rob Chatfield; and The Story Incubator Owner Erin O’Connor share the “secret sauce” of solid storytelling, including who should convey your message, how to connect with your audience and how quickly you need to reel in your listeners before they tune out. These tips and more on the latest episodes of the DonorsTrust Giving Ventures podcast. Click here to read the show notes.

Episode 17

In the seventeenth episode of our Giving Ventures podcast, titled “Winning in the States,” host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with State Policy Network President and CEO Tracie Sharp. State Policy Network is the membership organization for all the free-market, pro-liberty think tanks in the states, driving leadership development, information sharing, and a general cross-pollination of ideas critical to the success of pro-liberty principles. Tracie gives a run-down of hard-fought legislative and legal wins at the state level, including income-tax reform, union reform and, among others, protecting private workers’ civil liberty as it relates to the so-called “vaccine mandate.” Read the show notes here.

Episode 16

In the sixteenth episode of our Giving Ventures podcast, titled “Free Market Environmentalism,” host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with three nonprofit leaders working to implement changes that better steward earth’s natural resources without undermining its most precious resource of all: people. His guests include Brian Yablonski, chief executive officer at the Property and Environment Research Center; Benjamin (Benji) Backer, founder and president of the American Conservation Coalition; and Drew Bond, co-founder of Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions (C3 Solutions). Read the show notes here.

Episode 15

In the fifteenth episode of our Giving Ventures podcast, titled “Toward Better Policing,” host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with three nonprofit leaders working to implement reforms in our necessary but imperfect criminal justice system. His guests include Adrian Moore, vice president of policy at Reason Foundation; Robert McNamara, senior attorney at the Institute for Justice; and Gordon Cummings, president of CantWait Foundation. Read the show notes here.

Episode 14

In this bonus episode of the Giving Ventures podcast, host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with Dr. Tom G. Palmer, executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network, about the situation on the ground in Ukraine. It’s an interview you won’t want to miss, as Dr. Palmer shares about his weekly trips across the border into Ukraine. Read the bonus show notes here.

Episode 13

In the thirteenth episode of our Giving Ventures podcast, titled “Freedom in the Press,” host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with three nonprofit leaders carving out a voice for taxpayers and conservatives in the media world. His guests include John J. Miller, founder and executive director of the College Fix; Casey Given, executive director of Young Voices; and Christopher Krug, president and publisher of the Franklin News Foundation. Read the show notes here.

Episode 12

In the twelfth episode of our Giving Ventures podcast, titled “Engaging Conservative Women,” host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with three nonprofit leaders giving voice to the issues of particular interest to women, including parental leave, workplace flexibility and women in sports, to name a few. His guests include Carrie Lukas, president of Independent Women’s Forum; Stacy Blakeley, executive director of The Policy Circle; and Karin Lips, president of the Network of Enlightened Women. Read the show notes here.

Episode 11

In the eleventh episode of our Giving Ventures podcast, titled “Freer Cities,” host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with three nonprofit leaders working to create throughout the country more vibrant, prosperous cities. His guests include Greg Brooks of Better Cities Project, Andre Cushing of American Legislative Exchange Council and John Mozena of the Center for Economic Accountability. Read the show notes here.

Episode 10

In the tenth episode of our Giving Ventures podcast, titled “Young Givers Make a Difference,” host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with spokespeople from three organizations nominated to win the Novus Society’s annual Holiday Giving Match: Alliance Defending Freedom, Instituto de Libertad Económica para Puerto Rico, and mikeroweWORKS Foundation. Read the show notes here.

Episode 9

In the ninth episode of our Giving Ventures podcast, titled “Leveling Up Our Civics Education, host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with Jeremiah Lorrig, deputy director of Generation Joshua; actress Janine Turner, founder and co-president of Constituting America; and Jonathan Greenberg of the Jack Miller Family Foundation, who runs point on a three-group effort called the American Civics and History Initiative, about what they are doing, respectively, to create engaged citizens. Read the show notes here.

Episode 8

In the latest Giving Ventures episode, titled “Giving in 2022,” our fearless leader Lawson Bader talks with host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett about the history of philanthropy over the last couple years; trends we’re seeing now; and what to expect in 2022, including challenges and hopefully triumphs for conservative philanthropy in the years ahead. Read the show notes here.

Episode 7

In the latest episode of Giving Ventures, titled “Bridging Divides,” host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with John Wood, national spokesperson for Braver Angels; Andrew Hanauer, president and CEO of One America Movement; and Jacquie Merrill, director of the Campus Free Expression Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Our guests share what they’re doing to spur civil discourse, encourage bicameral cooperation and generally encourage Americans to embrace the angel on their shoulder instead of the alternative. Read the show notes here.

Episode 6

In the latest episode of Giving Ventures, titled “Old-Guard Future Builders,” host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, president of Young America’s Foundation; Zilvinas Silenas, president of the Foundation for Economic Education; Johnny Burtka, president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute; and Roger Ream, president of the Fund for American Studies. Our guests share what liberty-loving nonprofits are doing to engage new audiences and pass on the principles of freedom to younger generations. Read the show notes here.

Episode 5

Charitable givers on the political left are celebrated by those in the mainstream media. Charitable givers on the political right, however, are rebuked and accused of being part of a “dark money” conglomerate. There are people, though, working to set the record straight and share the positive things happening in conservative philanthropy—stories that aren’t splashed on the front-page of the New York Times, even when these stories deserve prominent above-the-fold placement.

DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett in the fifth episode, titled “Defending Philanthropy,” of our Giving Ventures podcast talks with Elizabeth McGuigan, director of policy at the Philanthropy Roundtable; Jennifer Butler, a consultant for People United for Privacy; and Scott Walter, president of Capital Research Center to talk all things philanthropy. The guests give a broad overview of what’s happening in conservative philanthropy and what their organizations are doing to protect donor freedom and advance philanthropic giving on the political right. Read the show notes here.

Episode 4

In the fourth episode, titled “Stronger Families, Stronger Freedom,” of our Giving Ventures podcast, host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks with three great guests working to strengthen families, protect children, and nurture new respect for dads. John-Paul “J.P.” DeGance, president and CEO of Communio, works with churches and communities to bolster marriage; Darcy Olsen, CEO of GenJustice, works to ensure foster children have legal representation; and John Papola, CEO of the Emergent Order Foundation, works to engage fathers and encourage them to create an impact in their community. Even if families, foster care, and fatherhood aren’t important pieces of your philanthropy, you will find some interesting tidbits in here—and some great reasons to be optimistic. Read the show notes here.

Episode 3

In our third episode, titled “Capitalizing on the Education Moment,” of our Giving Ventures podcast, host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks about school choice with three experts in education policy, including Tommy Schultz, chief executive officer of the American Federation for Children; Nicole Neily, president of Parents Defending Education; and Garrett Ballengee, executive director of the Cardinal Institute. Read the show notes here.

Episode 2

In our second episode of Giving Ventures, “Happy Warriors in the Tax Fight,” host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks taxes with a handful of experts, or “happy warriors,” fighting the good fight in the world of tax policy, including Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge; National Taxpayers Union Foundation President Pete Sepp; and Buckeye Institute Vice President of Policy Rea Hederman. Our guests discuss ways their organizations are poking holes in misguided federal and state tax policy, especially with regard to the giant tax reconciliation bill on the floor in the U.S. House of Representatives and how some of the proposed tax changes that would’ve hurt charitable givers have been tabled—for now. Read the show notes here.

Episode 1

In our inaugural podcast episode, “New Approaches to Reducing Poverty,” we explore ways to reduce poverty. Now, perhaps your first thought is wondering why an organization like DonorsTrust would be talking about poverty. After all, many people think mostly about DonorsTrust’s sizable support of public policy think tanks. That view, though, doesn’t give enough credit to the work that free-market ideas do to lift people out of poverty. We’ve all heard the old adage that you can give a man to fish and feed him for a day or teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime. But what if it’s illegal to fish in the first place? Listen in for more information on programs across the country that are helping Americans out of poverty. Read the show notes here.

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Giving Ventures is produced by Peter Lipsett and Carolyn Bolton with music from Zapsplat.com.