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 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.