People’s Liberty CEO to discuss social entrepreneurship, disrupting philanthropy at NKU MPA dinner Feb. 23


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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – What happens when you put money directly into the hands of creative thinkers with big ideas that have the potential to transform a community? 

On Feb. 23, People’s Liberty CEO Eric Avner will visit Northern Kentucky University to discuss this five-year experiment in social entrepreneurship and disrupting philanthropy.

In a twist on traditional philanthropy, People’s Liberty grants funding to individuals who have “big ideas” that can transform the Greater Cincinnati region. The five-year experiment began in 2015 as an initiative of The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./US Bank Foundation. 

Avner will give NKU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners an exclusive look at the thinking behind the project and its potential long-term impact upon the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Region.

The dinner is sponsored by the NKU Master of Public Administration program, in conjunction with the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). 

“We are pleased to provide our students, alumni, and community partners with the chance to hear directly from someone whose ambitious work is transforming our community and changing how we think about philanthropy,” said MPA Director Dr. Julie Olberding.

The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in Room 104 at NKU’s James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union. It is free, but seating is limited. To attend, email Missy Gish at by Feb. 16.  

The NKU MPA program develops managers and leaders to serve government agencies, nonprofit organizations and citizens in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region and beyond.

Students are engaged in the curriculum through active research, service learning and student philanthropy. They are also provided with opportunities to network with government and nonprofit professionals, such as the dinner on Feb. 23, and to study abroad, such as a five-week program in Austria this summer.

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