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In 2016 nearly 63 million Americans voted for Donald Trump but less than 8 million Americans donated blood. To put this in perspective, here in America in the freest land with the most prosperous people less than 2% of us donate blood. In Communist China 1% of people donate blood. Is this really the best […]

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Howard Husock joins City Journal editor Brian Anderson to discuss Husock’s new book, Who Killed Civil Society? The Rise of Big Government and Decline of Bourgeois Norms.

Government-run social programs funded with tax dollars are thought to be the “solution” to America’s social ills. But in his new book, Who Killed Civil Society?, Husock shows that historically, it was voluntary organizations and civic society, operating independently from government and its mandates, that best promoted the habits and values conducive to upward social mobility.

City Journal contributing editor Howard Husock joins associate editor Seth Barron to discuss the Manhattan Institute’s Civil Society Awards, which recognize outstanding nonprofit leaders who develop solutions to social problems in their communities.

History has shown that free markets are the best way to organize economic activity, but a healthy society relies on charitable and philanthropic enterprises to help those in need and prepare citizens to realize their potential. To support these goals, the Manhattan Institute established the Social Entrepreneurship initiative in 2001, now known as the Tocqueville Project.

On this AEI Events Podcast, Martha’s Table President and CEO Patty Stonesifer provided insights from her career in the private sector, in the philanthropy space, and as the head of a nonprofit organization. In a conversation with AEI’s Toby Stock, Ms. Stonesifer discussed her years at Microsoft when the organization was a small but growing tech company with lofty ambitions. She continued with insight into her role working with Bill and Melinda Gates on creating and selecting a focus area for what would become the world’s largest charitable foundation—the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ms. Stonesifer discussed moving from the world of philanthropy to the world of nonprofit management, overseeing the DC-based social services organization Martha’s Table. The conversation focused on how to provide essential services for those who need it most, how nonprofit organizations can effectively communicate their work to external stakeholders, and how effective partnerships can help scale a nonprofit organization’s work. The event concluded with a look into the future of Martha’s Table, including the opening of two new locations in 2018.

A Life That Made a Difference


RichardsonMy father, Randy Richardson, died, fittingly, on Memorial Day. Not only had he quit high school to go serve in the Battle of the Bulge and experience the other delights of Patton’s Third Army, but he committed much of his adult life to trying to do — in his own unusual way — what he could to maintain a free society. The ripples from what he started continue to this day.

One form his efforts at improving this country took was the founding of a film and documentary company in the 1960s to try to bring better-quality programing to television. Another effort involved publishing, and led to the founding of the Conservative Book Club.

In 1973, Dad became the head of a foundation his father had created with an eye to keeping strong the country that had made so much opportunity available to his own family: the Smith Richardson Foundation.