Twenty-twenty-six 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.


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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.

What are the key ingredients to effective storytelling? 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 episode of the DonorsTrust Giving Ventures podcast.

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 workers’ civil liberty as it relates to the so-called “vaccine mandate.”

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).

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.

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 in Ukraine.

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.

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 for Enlightened Women.

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 a more vibrant, prosperous cities throughout the country. His guests include Greg Brooks of Better Cities, Andre Cushing of the American Legislative Exchange Council and John Mozena of the Center for Economic Accountability.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Philanthrop 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.

In the fourth episode of Giving Ventures, host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talk 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.

In our third episode of Giving Ventures, host and DonorsTrust Vice President Peter Lipsett talks about school choice with three experts in education policy: Tommy Schultz, chief executive officer of the American Federation for Children; Nicki Neily, president of Parents Defending Education; and Garrett Ballengee, executive director of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy.

In the 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.

Randy Hicks, president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Center for Opportunity, joins host Peter Lipsett to discuss what GCO is doing to address poverty in the Peach State; Matt Warner, president of Atlas Network, talks about the way his organization his helping think tanks more effectively make the case for free-market solutions to poverty; and Graham Walker, executive director of the Independent Institute, lists the unique ways his organization is tackling poverty and homelessness in the Golden State.