GUEST INTERVIEWS

The Business of Giving radio program by Denver Frederick aims to spread the word on social good by featuring the largest and greatest nonprofit organizations in the US. Denver has a weekly show and podcast on AM970 where he interviews CEOs of nonprofits talking about how their organizations help the world a better place.

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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Kenneth Dudek, Executive Director of Fountain House, Joins Denver Frederick

The Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award and is presented to a nonprofit organization judged to have made an extraordinary contribution toward alleviating human suffering. There have only been 22 ever awarded, and only one to an organization that addresses mental illness. That organization is Fountain House…

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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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