ABOUT DENVER

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

Michael Gianoni, President and CEO of Blackbaud, Joins Denver Frederick

Whether you use their services and products or not, there are very few people in the nonprofit world who are not familiar with the name Blackbaud. They are the one company that is synonymous with software being deployed by organizations to power social good. And it’s a real pleasure to have with us tonight their President and CEO, Mike Gianoni. Good evening, Mike, and welcome to The Business of Giving.

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David Wish, the Founder and CEO of Little Kids Rock, Joins Denver Frederick

My next guest believes that we are all innately musical. He also believes, like so many of us, that the way music education has disappeared from many of our public schools is tragic. But unlike many of us, he’s done something about it. At first, with 30 first graders, and now he has helped restore and revitalize music education for more than 650,000 low-income children across the country. He is David Wish, the Founder and CEO of Little Kids Rock. Good evening Dave, and welcome to The Business of Giving.

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Richard Berlin, the Executive Director of DREAM, Joins Denver Frederick

In 1991, DREAM, then known as Harlem RBI, was founded by a group of volunteers that transformed a neglected garbage lot into two baseball diamonds in East Harlem. It took off from there. First, with after-school and summer programs, and then with the DREAM Charter School to become one of the most highly regarded programs for underserved youth in the nation. And here with us tonight to discuss how they did it is Richard Berlin, the Executive Director of DREAM. Good evening, Richard, and welcome to The Business of Giving.

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Mark Edwards, Co-founder and CEO of Upstream USA, Joins Denver Frederick

An unplanned pregnancy can really disrupt a young woman’s life. It can have negative health effects for both her and her baby. It can lead to her dropping out of school, and the college completion rates among young mothers is quite low. But there is an organization that is tackling this problem head-on with remarkable success. It’s Upstream USA, and with us tonight is the co-founder and CEO, Mark Edwards. Good evening, Mark, and welcome to The Business of Giving.

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Alex Dehgan, CEO of Conservation ExLabs, Joins Denver Frederick

In so many different arenas, the problems we face are exponential but the solutions are linear. One area for which this holds true is conservation. And my next guest has set out to do something about it. He is Dr. Alex Dehgan, the former Chief Scientist at the US Agency for International Development, USAID, and now the CEO of Conservation ExLabs.

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Chuck Slaughter, Founder of Living Goods, Joins Denver Frederick

When people want to find an organization that has taken the best practices from business and successfully applied them to the nonprofit sector, Living Goods should be the place to start.  And in this case, the business model they have created is getting urgently needed healthcare and medical supplies to people in the developing world, who otherwise would lack access to them. It’s a wonderful story, and here to share it with us is Chuck Slaughter, the founder of Living Goods.

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Suzanne DiBianca, Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer of Salesforce, Joins Denver Frederick

When people asked me who was going to be on the show this Sunday, and I told them Salesforce, the almost universal response was, “Cool!” Now, I don’t hear that that often…not about a guest on the show or, frankly, about much of anything else I might ever be doing. One of the things that has helped make Salesforce cool is that they had philanthropy baked into the business model from the day they opened their doors. And the architect of that, along with their CEO, has been Suzanne DiBianca, the Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and the Chief Philanthropy Officer of Salesforce, who is with us now.

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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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The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of Catholic Relief Services

Most people go to work because they have to pay their bills off. It’s like we do too notwithstanding that, but to come where what Maria does make a difference. What David does make it different. What Stephanie does make a difference in the lives of so many people, and they embrace that culture and that culture is embraced from the top to the bottom. It maybe something very small that you need but that small goes into making several things very good. That’s the way I see the culture here.

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The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of Teach For America

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.

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Latest “Take 5” Lightning Rounds

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

2018 Harvard Social Enterprise Conference

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.

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.”