Radio Show Host, Speaker, Moderator & Executive Coach

Denver Frederick is the Host of The Business of Giving, heard every Sunday evening from 6 to 7 PM ET on WMYM – AM 970 in New York. Each week he interviews nonprofit CEOs, corporate leaders, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs on the solutions that they are working on and investing in to make this a better world.

Denver is a Certified Professional Coach for leaders in the social sector. He is also a sought-after speaker on how to create healthy and robust corporate cultures in nonprofit organizations.

Latest Guest Interviews

David Risher, President and Co-Founder of Worldreader, Joins Denver Frederick

Many parents complain that their children spend far too much time on their cell phones and are delighted when they put it down for a minute and pick up a book. But in many parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa, that book simply does not exist, and it’s a cell phone that brings the magic reading and books to millions upon millions; and that’s due in large part to an organization called Worldreader, and it’s a pleasure to have with us its co-founder and president, David Risher.

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Geetha Murali, CEO of Room to Read, Joins Denver Frederick

You can count on one hand, quite literally, the number of nonprofit organizations founded since 2000 that have surpassed $50 million in annual revenues. For an organization to achieve that milestone, they must have an extraordinary program, measurable results, and exceptional marketing and fundraising initiatives. And that description perfectly fits Room to Read, and it’s a pleasure to have with us their Chief Executive Officer, Geetha Murali.

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Marilyn Paul, Author of An Oasis in Time, Joins Denver Frederick

An all too common problem in the nonprofit sector is burnout– too much to do with too few people, and even fewer resources. Couple that with an overwhelming sense of obligation of not letting down the people you serve, and you have the perfect formula for burnout. But as we all know, you won’t be able to take care of others unless you first take care of yourself. Here with us to discuss one very sensible way of doing that is Marilyn Paul, the author of a recent book entitled An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest Can Save the Rest of Your Lif

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Jordan Kassalow, Founder of VisionSpring, Joins Denver Frederick

We have had the good fortune to hear from many extraordinary social entrepreneurs on The Business of Giving, remarkable individuals one and all. But I don’t know if we’ve ever had a person more dissatisfied with the status quo in a good way, and as a result brings an urgency to the work that they do, relentlessly seeking new ways to be more effective and have greater impact. That person is Jordan Kassalow, the founder of VisionSpring. Good evening, Jordan, and welcome to The Business of Giving.

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Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, President of the Fund for Public Housing in NYC, Joins Denver Frederick

Who is the largest landlord in all of North America… with about the same number of residents as Atlanta or Miami?  Well, it’s the New York City Housing Authority, a system of 175,000 apartments….And a nonprofit organization that has been established to help New Yorkers better appreciate public housing, find some money to bridge gaps, and to innovate is the Fund for Public Housing. It’s a pleasure to have with us their President, Rasmia Kirmani-Frye.

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Curt Ellis, Co-Founder and CEO of FoodCorps, Joins Denver Frederick

As the saying goes: “Everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it.”  That also holds true to a degree for the way our children eat. But this evening, we have someone who is doing something about that… a lot about it, as a matter of fact. He is Curt Ellis, the co-founder and CEO of FoodCorps. Good evening, Curt, and welcome to The Business of Giving.

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Josh Bersin, the Founder and Principal of Bersin by Deloitte, Joins Denver Frederick

The way work gets done is becoming increasingly important for both companies and nonprofit organizations. In fact, in many organizations, the role of HR is becoming less about compliance and more about productivity and employee engagement. One of the leading authorities in the world around these workplace issues– and the very future of  work itself– is Josh Bersin, the Founder and Principal of Bersin by Deloitte, and he’s with us now. Good evening Josh, and welcome to The Business of Giving.

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Diane Yentel, President & CEO of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, Joins Denver Frederick

It was just about 50 years ago– April 11, 1968 to be exact– that Congress passed one of the crowning achievements of the civil rights era, The Fair Housing Act,  just seven days after the assassination of Martin Luther King. But by nearly every metric, America today remains a deeply segregated society, with a growing shortage of affordable homes for low-income people. Here to discuss all that with us is Diane Yentel, the President and CEO of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition. Good evening, Diane and welcome to The Business of Giving.

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Brian Gallagher, President & CEO of United Way Worldwide, Joins Denver Frederick

Like me, my next guest’s first job out of college was with the United Way. I now host a little radio show in New York, and for him, he has only gone on to become the leader of perhaps the most important and influential nonprofit organization in the world. He’s Brian Gallagher, the President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. Good evening, Brian and welcome to The Business of Giving.

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Latest Better Than Most Segments

The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of Child Trends

This evening, we will be taking a trip to Bethesda, Maryland and to the offices of Child Trends. Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth and their families. It’s also a perennial on the Best Places to Work list and we’ll hear from the members of the staff to find out why

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The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of Doctors Without Borders

Today, you will be going to the US headquarters of Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders as we know it here. They help people worldwide where the need is greatest delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters and exclusion from healthcare. We gathered a great group of people to tell you what it’s like to work at Doctors Without Borders. 

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Latest “Take 5” Lightning Rounds


A key differentiator of the highest performing nonprofits is their belief in Executive Coaching…and not just for the senior staff but for people throughout the organization. Not only is it transformative for the individual but for the whole organization. A “coaching culture” is becoming synonymous with places people thrive and want to stay.

2018 Harvard Social Enterprise Conference

2018 Harvard Social Enterprise Conference


A key differentiator of the highest performing nonprofits is their belief in Executive Coaching…and not just for the senior staff but for people throughout the organization. Not only is it transformative for the individual but for the whole organization. A “coaching culture” is becoming synonymous with places people thrive and want to stay.

What Leaders Are Saying

Earl Lewis - President & CEO of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

“Every guest on any talk radio show wants a knowledgeable host who’s personable, engaging, and able to elicit smart, informed answers.  I found no one better at his job than Denver Frederick.  He not only knows the field of philanthropy, he knows how to ask the right questions and to garner answers that are crisp, often funny, and hopefully insightful.  He is a winner!”


Annie Griffiths - Executive Director Ripple Effect Images

“It was an absolute delight being interviewed for your program, The Business of Giving. In times like these, I believe Americans crave positive programming and innovative solutions. Your excellent preparation for our interview allowed for us to discuss important issues with candor and warmth. Many thanks for the work that you do.”

Adarsh Alphons - Founder ProjectArt

“This show offers influential platform where contemporary, global conversations about the hugely evolving sectors of philanthropy and social impact can be held in an easy to understand, fireside-chat manner. Its audience is ever growing, from millenials who demand brands become more socially conscious (think Toms to Warby Parker) to Baby Boomers, who will carry out the largest transfer of wealth in American history, with some of that certainly earmarked for philanthropy.”

Gordon Berlin - President MDRC

“Philanthropy is best thought of as the R+D arm of the social sector. It can take risks, try new approaches, and challenge conventional wisdoms. But if the lessons it learns are to have their intended effect on the making of public policy, it must also reach and inform the public. Using a radio interview broadcast format, The Business of Giving effectively plays that role, introducing leaders in the nonprofit sector working on the front lines of social change to the public at large.

Interviewing leaders from the nonprofit sector working to find solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing social problems, The Business of Giving forsakes screaming ideology and blustering attack in favor of educating, engaging and informing.”

Carol Glazer - President National Organization on Disability

“I can honestly say that in his striving for the “truth,” and his concern for in-depth reporting of issues, Denver Frederick makes you want to learn, and listen, more and more. He does his homework like no other journalist I know. That includes not only learning about the issues and the fields he’s covering, but the people he’s talking to. In an hour-long interview we had about disability in America and my organization that’s helping those with disabilities access jobs, Denver came prepared with chapter and verse knowledge not only about my organization and our field, but about me as a mother, professional and CEO of a nonprofit organization. All of the dilemmas, the conflicts, the joys and frustrations. The subtleties of politics and relationships. The ways in which leaders are called on to take risks, demonstrate optimism and courage, no matter what the odds.

He’s not afraid to ask tough questions, and he does his homework so well, he knows exactly what those questions are. He has stories galore, but knows when to keep quiet and let his subjects take the stage.

Aaron Hurst - Author of The Purpose Economy

“Denver is the gold standard. He knows his content. He not only makes you feel comfortable but pumped up. He is energizing and asks all the right questions and in a way that feels informal and like you are old friends. As importantly, he really gets the importance of marketing and that for a show to be successful it is about a lot more than a great interview.”