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

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

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.

Episodes

October 4, 2022 48 min

To close the fourth season of Givers, Doer, & Thinkers, Jeremy sits down with political philosopher Mark T. Mitchell about why and how the health of the American constitutional order is connected to private property.

Mark is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Patrick Henry College. He is the author of The Limits of Liberalism: Tradition, Individualism, and the Crisis of Freedom, The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place, and Communit...

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This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy chats with the Ian Rowe about why we need to replace our obsession with equity with the empowering concept of agency. 

Ian V. Rowe is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on education and upward mobility, family formation, and adoption. He is co-founder & CEO of Vertex Partnership Academies, a new network of character-based, International Baccal...

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This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy sits down with theologian and journalist Rusty Reno about how and why the strong gods are reappearing in American society and what that means for our common future.

R.R. Reno is the editor of First Things, a journal of religion and public life, and serves on the board of advisers of the Edmund Burke Foundation. After earning his doctorate in religious studies from Yale, he taught th...

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This week of Giver, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy speaks with nonprofit leader Jay Hein about innovative social impact investing, religion and social policy, and what the George W. Bush White House got right. 

Jay Hein is the president of Sagamore Institute and serves as managing director of an impact investing platform called Commonwealth. Together, Sagamore and Commonwealth advance game-changing ideas through innovations and inves...

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Today on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy talks to investor and commentator David Bahnsen about the intersection of current trends in philanthropy and economics, including why stakeholder capitalism is a bad idea.

David L. Bahnsen is the founder, managing partner, and chief investment officer of The Bahnsen Group, a national private wealth management firm managing over $3.5 billion in client assets. David is a founding trustee ...

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This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy speaks with Mary Eberstadt about family breakdown, identity politics, and atheism.

Mary Eberstadt holds the Panula Chair in Christian Culture at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. and is Senior Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute. She has written many works, including How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization; Adam and Eve after th...

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This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy speaks with journalist Teddy Schleifer about how American billionaires practice their philanthropy and why it matters.

Teddy Schleifer is a reporter and founding partner at Puck who covers the influence of Silicon Valley billionaires. He’s based in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes about the tech fortunes being made and deployed during this extraordinary era of capitalism, divin...

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This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy sits down with businessman and philanthropist Dean Riesen about his effort to deliver and access clean water in Tanzania and what the rest of us can learn from his work.

Dean is the Managing Partner of Redrock Partners, a private equity investment firm. As part of the firm’s work, he has served as the Chairman of Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Chairman of Famous Dave’s of America, and Man...

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This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, we talk to theologian Gary Anderson about the surprising things the biblical tradition has to say about the poor, charity, and charity’s rewards.

Gary Anderson is the Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Notre Dame and holds a doctorate from Harvard University. He is interested in all dimensions of biblical studies. His specialization is in the Hebrew Bible/Old Test...

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Kicking off the fourth season of Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy sits down with Tim Reichert to discuss philanthropy and restoring the middle class.

Tim Reichert is an economist and businessman living in Golden, Colorado, and running for Colorado's 7th district congressional seat. He is the founder and CEO of Economics Partners, a firm of economists with offices in the US and Israel. He was a Partner at both Ernst & Yo...

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This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy talks to historian and journalist Christine Rosen about how American religious leaders, in partnership with philanthropy, helped grow the American eugenics movement in the first part of the 20th century.

Christine Rosen is a senior writer at Commentary Magazine, a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, and senior editor at the New Atla...

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This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy sits down with his close friend, Erik Twist, to discuss how school leaders can transform America’s K-12 education system. 

Erik Twist is the Principal Partner and President of Arcadia Education. From 2008 to 2022, Erik helped build Great Hearts Academies into the largest network of classical schools in the country. He served as president of Great Hearts Arizona from 2017 to 2022. Er...

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Today on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy speaks with Michael E. Hartmann about what he sees as the major problems in the philanthropy sector today, and about the ideas that are being put forth to address those problems.

The Giving Review co-editor Michael E. Hartmann is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Strategic Giving at the Capital Research Center (CRC) in Washington, D.C. He also curates RealClearPolicy’s “Phi...

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During this episode of Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy chats with acclaimed journalist Christopher Caldwell about the surprising implications of the reforms of the 1960s, including civil rights legislation for the American community.

Christopher Caldwell is a contributing editor at the Claremont Review of Books and a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. He was formerly a senior editor at The Weekly Standard and a...

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This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy sits down with Ismael Hernandez, founder of the Freedom and Virtue Institute, to discuss how civil society can come together to promote or to undermine healthy self-reliance.

Before founding the Freedom and Virtue Institute, Ismael was the executive director of the African Caribbean American Catholic Center (AFCAAM). Ismael frequently lectures at Acton University and the American En...

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Today Jeremy speaks with Philip Hamburger about the surprising origins of the IRS's restrictions on a charity's political speech, and why those restrictions ought to be regarded as unconstitutional. 

Philip Hamburger is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and President of the New Civil Liberties Alliance. He writes on constitutional law and its history—with particular emphasis on religious...

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Today Jeremy speaks with Mark Roosevelt about what a genuine liberal arts education looks like, how it contributes to a healthy civil society, and how philanthropy can be deployed to make college more or less affordable again.

Mark Roosevelt is the president of St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After running for governor of Massachusetts as the Democratic nominee in 1994, Mark turned his attention toward education and ...

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This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy speaks with filmmaker John Papola about the power of storytelling and how it can be deployed to deepen our appreciation for the value of human freedom.

John Papola is CEO and chief creative officer of the Emergent Order Foundation (EO). The organization’s mission is to build a bottom-up movement that celebrates American freedom and the potential it unlocks in each of us. Prior to co...

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This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy sits down with longtime National Review publisher Jack Fowler to discuss the place of magazines of ideas in civil society, fundraising for periodicals, and how to manage those pesky creative types.

Jack Fowler is the Director of the Center for Civil Society. For over three decades he served at National Review in various capacities, including as publisher, and oversaw publishing, pro...

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We are kicking off season three of Givers, Doers, & Thinkers with Jonathan Haidt.

Jonathan is a social psychologist whose research examines the intuitive foundations of morality. You might know him from his New York Times bestseller, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. He is also a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Jonathan has helped found various organizations to...

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