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Givers, Doers, & Thinkers—A Podcast on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Author: Jeremy Beer

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Givers, Doers, and Thinkers introduces listeners to the fascinating people and important ideas at the heart of American civil society. We speak with philanthropists, foundation leaders, reformers, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, religious believers, historians, sociologists, philosophers, journalists, and anyone else who will help us understand contemporary civil society’s achievements and failures. We also sprinkle in practical advice for nonprofit leaders and fundraisers. This is the podcast for anyone interested in that vital space where philanthropy and civil society intersect.
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Jeremy sits down with Kevin Youngblood this week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers. Kevin served during Desert Shield and Desert Storm and won eight medals. He was the mayor of Carl, Georgia, and has started several businesses, including Odysseyware, an educational software company focused on reaching at-risk students. Most recently, he helped Grand Canyon University launch their Canyon Ventures program—an innovation center for startups in the valley—where he serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence. The goal is to help these businesses grow from a napkin idea to sustainable revenue as quickly as possible. Through this role, Kevin realized that a lot of startup founders struggle with selling their ideas, selling their products, and bringing in revenue. To respond to this need, he launched Youngblood Works, which provides sales training, mentoring, and customer acquisition services to young entrepreneurs.Jeremy and Kevin chat about creating sustainable solutions and innovations from scarcity, the importance of planting trees, businesses, and churches within civil society's poorer communities, as well as his work with Local First Arizona and the impact of local banks on economies. Kevin is truly a jack of all trades, and as Jeremy notes, he might be Phoenix's most interesting man.After that: Why is visual identity important? How do nonprofits benefit from it? What are a few easy ways you can improve your nonprofit's branding? American Philanthropic's director of creative services, Emma Baugher, addresses these questions and more during this week's practicality segment. You can find Givers, Doers, & Thinkers here at Philanthropy Daily, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Buzzsprout, and wherever you listen to podcasts.We’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, questions, and recommendations for the podcast! You can shoot Katie Janus, GDT’s producer, an email anytime!
This week, Jeremy sits down with Elise Westhoff, President and CEO of The Philanthropy Roundtable. Elise has extensive experience in the world of fundraising, from working as the executive director of The Snider Foundation (2013-2020) to managing major gifts fundraising for neuroscience programs at the Indiana University School of Medicine (2009-2013) and developing a successful $500 million capital campaign strategy for the New York Public Library (2004-2008). She also serves on boards for the Commonwealth Foundation and the State Policy Network.Jeremy and Elise discuss America's tradition of philanthropy and why it is particularly unique. Elise shares her concerns about philanthropic freedoms, donor privacy, the politicization of charitable giving, and other harmful reforms on the horizon in the world of philanthropy—including cancel culture. Have you ever asked yourself if a donor club is right for your organization or whether it will increase your major gifts fundraising efforts? Well, American Philanthropic senior consultant Matt Smith gets into the details in this week's practicalities segment.  You can find Givers, Doers, & Thinkers here at Philanthropy Daily, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Buzzsprout, and wherever you listen to podcasts.We’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, questions, and recommendations for the podcast! You can shoot Katie Janus, GDT’s producer, an email anytime!
To kick off the second season of Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy sits down with Timothy P. Carney, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on economic competition, cronyism, civil society, localism, and religion in America. He is concurrently the commentary editor at the Washington Examiner. Jeremy asks about Timothy’s latest book, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse,” how social capital patterns predict voting patterns—including fun insights on the midwestern Dutch voter—and why Timothy says the unchurching of culture is at the root of America's economic and social problems.  You'll also hear from American Philanthropic managing consultant Kyle Vander Meulen. His extensive experience advising nonprofits on the best fundraising practices leaves him with a few helpful suggestions on welcoming new donors that you won't want to miss!You can find Givers, Doers, & Thinkers here at Philanthropy Daily, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Buzzsprout, and wherever you listen to podcasts.We’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, questions, and recommendations for the podcast! You can shoot Katie Janus, GDT’s producer, an email anytime!
This week is the tenth and final episode of Philanthropy Daily's first season of Givers, Doers, & Thinkers. But don't fret, we'll be back with season two in February 2021! Today, Jeremy speaks with historian and journalist Ben Soskis. He's been featured in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the Guardian, New Yorker online, and is the co-editor of HistPhil, an online publication on the history of the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.  Additionally, Ben is a research associate for the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. Jeremy and Ben discuss the history of philanthropy, its critiques, and how it differs from charity. You'll also hear from American Philanthropic managing consultant Laura Pallares. Laura shares how to prepare and plan for the future when its crisis hits and ways to ensure your organization comes out on top once the dust settles. You can find Givers, Doers, & Thinkers here at Philanthropy Daily, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Buzzsprout, and wherever you listen to podcasts.We’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, questions, and recommendations for the podcast! You can shoot Katie Janus, GDT’s producer, an email anytime!
This week, Jeremy speaks journalist and author Gracy Olmstead. She's written for The American Conservative, National Review, The Federalist, and The Washington Times, and elsewhere. Her new book is now available for pre-order Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We've Left Behind. Jeremy and Gracy discuss whether the trendy concept of localism has any real meaning, our need for rootedness, the comeback of the front porch, and the new sites of community—including CrossFit, SoulCycle, and the 2020 sourdough phenomenon.You'll also hear from American Philanthropic Partner Justin Streiff. He dives into planning for 2021 and what fundraisers should look back at in 2020. Justin also goes into setting realistic goals and expectations for your development team.You can find Givers, Doers, & Thinkers here at Philanthropy Daily, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Buzzsprout, and wherever you listen to podcasts.We’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, questions, and recommendations for the podcast! You can shoot Katie Janus, GDT’s producer, an email anytime!
This week, Jeremy speaks with William B. Allen, Ph.D., Chief Operations Officer of Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), Emeritus Dean of James Madison College and Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. Dr. Allen has also been a member of the Mackinac Center Board of Scholars since 1995. Dr. Allen discusses maintaining constitutional heritage, personal responsibility, and the implications of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the role of civil society in molding a national character. You'll also hear from Austin Detwiler, managing consultant at American Philanthropic and managing editor of Philanthropy Daily. Austin discusses the giving trends in light of COVID-19 and how this might affect a nonprofit's organizational health.  You can find Givers, Doers, & Thinkers here at Philanthropy Daily, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Buzzsprout, and wherever you listen to podcasts.We’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, questions, and recommendations for the podcast! You can shoot Katie Janus, GDT’s producer, an email anytime!
 Don't miss the seventh episode of Philanthropy Daily's podcast, Givers, Doers, & Thinkers! This week, Jeremy speaks with Tom Riley, president of the Connelly Foundation in Philadelphia. Tom is a contributing editor to Philanthropy Magazine, and from 2001 to 2009, he was Associate Director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy. Tom shares the history of his grandparents' foundation, how to honor donor intent over time and apply it well, why the Connelly Foundation relies on personal knowledge over metrics, and, of course, how charity transforms the giver. You'll also hear from Liz Palla, partner at American Philanthropic and former senior program officer at the William E. Simon Foundation, where she helped review and make recommendations on funding proposals, evaluate organizational effectiveness, and maintain foundation operations. Liz shares her tips for cultivating foundations. You can find Givers, Doers, & Thinkers here at Philanthropy Daily, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Buzzsprout, and wherever you listen to podcasts.We’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, questions, and recommendations for the podcast! You can shoot Katie Janus, GDT’s producer, an email anytime!
This week, Jeremy speaks with Bill Kauffman, an American writer who has been featured in The American Conservative, the Wall Street Journal, Front Porch Republic, as well as various books on American civil society. Jeremy and Bill share their love of baseball, cultivating healthy communities, returning home, and the future of American politics. You'll also hear from Iain Bernhoft, managing consultant and director of the Writing and Communications Department at American Philanthropic, about the importance of storytelling and the art of fairy tales. Iain offers his tips for nonprofits when crafting effective donor communications. 
INTERVIEW This week, Jeremy speaks with Garrett Johnson, co-founder and executive director at Lincoln Network. Garrett shares how government and technology have operated in “separate silos” rather than embracing the exciting opportunities that sit at the intersection of these two spheres. From his experience in government, it is clear that “technologists and innovators play an important role in addressing our nation’s most pressing problems.” Garrett believes that when both of these worlds come together, individual liberty and economic opportunity increase for all Americans and strengthen civil society.  PRACTICALITIESYou'll also hear from Devon Ironside, Director of Data Services at American Philanthropic, about the common mistakes organization make in their databases and how to fix them. ____We’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, questions, and recommendations for the podcast! You can shoot Katie Janus, GDT’s producer, an email anytime!
INTERVIEWThis week, Jeremy sits down with Patrick Deneen, author of Why Liberalism Failed, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the David A. Potenziani Memorial College Chair at the University of Notre Dame. Patrick specializes in the history of political thought, American political thought, religion and politics, and literature and politics. Jeremy and Patrick discuss why liberalism struggles to sustain itself, cultural rebellions seeking to preserve institutions and certain ways of life, the threat of a new kind of totalitarianism, and the future of American civil society.  PRACTICALITIES You'll also hear from Cecilia Diem, Senior Consultant at American Philanthropic about her 20-minute fundraising fix for development officers. A personalized email goes a long way, and Cecilia says you’ll be surprised by how many of your donors respond to a personal forward. 
INTERVIEWThis week on the podcast, Jeremy speaks with Gabe Cooper, CEO at Virtuous Software, about what motivates donors to give, how much money is actually raised in the digital world, and how nonprofits can stop failing their donors by creating more personalized experiences.PRACTICALITIES You'll also hear from Matt Gerken, Managing Director at American Philanthropic and a frequent Philanthropy Daily author, about his philosophy on the "art of statistical analysis" and how nonprofit leaders should assess the arguments made in charts, graphs, and tables—especially in light of COVID-19. 
INTERVIEW This week, Jeremy speaks with T.K. Coleman on cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset, growing up as a preacher's kid in the west side of Chicago, and identifying your own creative power to strengthen civil society. PRACTICALITIES Nicole Rizkallah shares the worst advice anyone can give Gen-Z about the workforce and her recommendations for employers managing Gen-Z employees. ___T.K. Coleman is the Director of Entrepreneurship Education for the Foundation of Economic Education. Learn more about T.K.'s work here: https://fee.org/people/tk-coleman/. Nicole Rizkallah is the Director of Recruitment and Senior Consultant at American Philanthropic  You can reach out to Nicole here: https://www.americanphilanthropic.com/leaders/nicole-rizkallah/. 
INTERVIEW Jeremy speaks with Alicia Manning about her work at The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, how civil society is failing and where it is surprisingly robust, the importance of reciprocity in the world of philanthropy, and how she would advise a donor who wants to give away $20 million. PRACTICALITIES Chris Kuetemeyer shares three takeaways that every fundraiser working in major gifts fundraising needs to remember when approaching donors. Chris quotes one of his favorite colleagues: "I don't have time for fake relationships." ___Alicia Manning is a Senior Program Director at The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Learn more about her and the foundation's work here: https://www.bradleyfdn.org/our-people/alicia-l.-manning. Chris Kuetemeyer is a Managing Director at American Philanthropic and the former VP of Annual Giving at FOCUS. You can reach out to Chris here: https://www.americanphilanthropic.com/leaders/chris-kuetemeyer/. 
Givers, Doers, and Thinkers introduces listeners to the fascinating people and important ideas at the heart of American civil society. Join Jeremy Beer every Wednesday, starting September 9, 2020, for discussions with philanthropists, foundation leaders, reformers, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, religious believers, historians, sociologists, philosophers, journalists, and anyone else who will help us understand contemporary civil society’s achievements and failures. Jeremy will also sprinkle in practical advice for nonprofit leaders and fundraisers.Some of our guests include Alicia Manning (The Bradley Foundation), T.K. Coleman (Director of Entrepreneurial Education at the Foundation for Economic Education), Patrick Deneen (Author of Why Liberalism Failed), Garrett Johnson (Lincoln Network), and many more. This is the podcast for anyone interested in that vital space where philanthropy and civil society intersect.Thanks for joining us. 
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