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Announcing Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Philanthropy Daily’s new podcast on the intersection of philanthropy and civil society.


We are excited to announce that Philanthropy Daily is launching “Givers, Doers, & Thinkers,” a new podcast exploring the intersection of philanthropy and civil society.

After more than a decade of publishing the best commentary on the ideas and individuals shaping the nonprofit sphere, Philanthropy Daily brings its mission to a new medium: the podcast. By offering a unique perspective on the philanthropic community, Givers, Doers, & Thinkers advances Philanthropy Daily’s aim of fostering a flourishing civil society.

Philanthropy—and the voluntary associations it supports—strengthens those “little platoons” that create the space wherein persons become more fully human: free and flourishing as members of communities.

Givers, Doers, & Thinkers aims to introduce listeners to the fascinating people engaged in strengthening civil society, those individuals building, funding, and supporting the little platoons that underlie a healthy society.

Each week, Philanthropy Daily’s editor, Jeremy Beer, sits down with philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, historians, sociologists, philosophers, journalists—anyone engaged in, and thoughtful about, the essential work of building what Jeremy has called “the associational realm.”

With his guests, Jeremy discusses the achievements and failures of civil society today, drawing on Alexis de Tocqueville’s insights in Democracy in America. During his tour of America in 1831, Tocqueville not only identified the uniqueness of American civil society—he also predicted its all-too-likely deterioration, even as he emphasized the importance of civic associations for the health of American society.

For many years now we have seen and lamented the thinning of American civil society. But we have not seen its collapse, and while there is much to bemoan, there is much to celebrate. Join Jeremy and his guests every Wednesday to consider the intersection of philanthropy and civil society: learn what is being done well and poorly, where there is need and where there is success.

And, as always, Philanthropy Daily goes beyond commentary. Each episode of Givers, Doers, & Thinkers contains practical advice for nonprofit leaders and fundraisers: from how to improve your nonprofit’s database to strengthening nonprofit communications, with a sprinkling of concrete recommendations to wash down the engaging ideas from our guests.

This Wednesday, September 9th, you can catch the first episode of Givers, Doers, & Thinkers with Alicia Manning, senior program director of the Bradley Foundation, and Chris Kuetemeyer, managing director at American Philanthropic.

After that, check back each week through early November to hear from guests including:

  • Patrick Deneen, author of Why Liberalism Failed
  • Garrett Johnson, co-founder of The Lincoln Network
  • Tom Riley, president of The Connelly Foundation
  • T. K. Coleman, Director of Entrepreneurial Education at FEE
  • and many more…

You can find Givers, Doers, & Thinkers here at Philanthropy Daily or wherever you stream podcasts!

We’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, questions, and recommendations for the podcast! You can shoot me or Katie Janus, GDT’s producer, an email anytime!

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