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
Sonal Shah, Executive Director and Professor of Practice at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, Joins Denver Frederick
The Beeck Center at Georgetown University embraces a cross-disciplinary, citizen-centric approach to building solutions for communities, and it is led by a woman who is a living embodiment of that with stints at the Treasury Department, Goldman Sachs, and Google, and is a founder and director of the Office of Social Innovation & Civic Participation during the Obama administration. She is Sonal Shah, the Executive Director and Professor of Practice at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University.read more
Paul Zak, Author of Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies, Joins Denver Frederick
So, to induce the brain to make oxytocin to facilitate better teamwork, we need to set challenge goals as leaders, and challenge goals focus our attention, causes us to avoid distractions but also give us a reason to work hard together.read more
As regular listeners of the show know, we’ve had the distinct pleasure of covering the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition over the past year or so including getting to hear from each of the eight semi-finalists. The winner was announced in December, and I thought it’d be worth recapping this extraordinary enterprise starting with the woman who oversaw the whole thing.read more
Latest Better Than Most Segments
Better Than Most is a regular feature of The Business of Giving, examining the best places to work among social good businesses and nonprofit organizations. Denver: Today, you will be going to the US headquarters of Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without...read more
I didn’t have to travel far for this evening’s Better Than Most. Just over to 5 Hanover Square at Lower Manhattan and the offices of the Nonprofit Finance Fund. NFF, as they’re known, empowers the people and organizations that generate opportunity and hope in underserved communities.read more
And for this edition of Better Than Most, we’ll be visiting the New York offices of Teach For America. They’re committed to catalyzing leadership to realize the day when all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. Let’s hear from some of the members of this passionate and dedicated team.read more
Latest “Take 5” Lightning Rounds
Denver: We are going to do Take Five with Mary Jane Melendez, the Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation. Are you ready for Take Five, Mary Jane? Mary Jane: I am ready Denver. Denver: What idea in philanthropy is ready for retirement? Mary Jane: I think...read more
Denver: We are going to do Take Five with Carroll Bogert, the President of The Marshall Project. Are you ready Carroll? Carroll: I’m ready. Denver: What idea in philanthropy is ready for retirement? Carroll: Pass. Denver: What should we be worried about? Carroll: This...read more
Denver: Take 5 with Dave Hassell, the founder and CEO of 15Five. Are you ready, Dave? David: I’m ready. Denver: What idea in business is ready for retirement? David: That’s an easy one. Definitely, the annual performance review. Denver: What should we be worried...read more
SPEAKING, MODERATING & COACHING
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
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
Adarsh Alphons - Founder ProjectArt
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.”