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 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.

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 of the 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.

Episode 4

In the fourth episode of Giving Ventures, 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.

Episode 3

In our third episode of Giving Ventures, 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.

Episode 2

In our second episode of Giving Ventures, 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.

Episode 1

In our inaugural podcast episode, 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.


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