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.

William Meehan and Kim Starkey Jonker, Co-authors of Engine of Impact, Join Denver Frederick

We live in an era where there is no shortage of isolated pieces of advice and wisdom that can help you get better at almost anything — from golf to time management — at least for a little while. What is often lacking, however, is a serious, well-researched, and thoughtful source on how to make a real and lasting change. That blueprint has largely been missing for nonprofit organizations until now. It comes in the form of a new book entitled Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector. And with us tonight, we have its co-authors, William Meehan who lectures on Strategic Leadership at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Kim Starkey Jonker, President and CEO of King Philanthropies.

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Loreen Arbus, President of the Loreen Arbus Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

If I read all the things that my next guest has done, the organization she has started the causes that she has been involved with and the recognition that she has received, you would think we were about to have a panel discussion, but we’re not. She is Loreen Arbus, the first woman to head programming on a television network for Showtime and then again later at the Cable Health Network, Lifetime. And among other things is the President of the Loreen Arbus Foundation.

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Daryl Brewster and Carmen Perez of CECP, The CEO Force For Good, Join Denver Frederick

In the world of philanthropy, one of the most anticipated reports is Giving in Numbers issued by CECP, the CEO Force For Good, in partnership with the Conference Board. It’s an in-depth analysis of corporate giving and employee engagement data from the world’s largest companies. And here to share some of the highlights with us are Daryl Brewster, the Chief Executive Officer of CECP and Carmen Perez, their Director or Data Insights.

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Anne Wallestad, President and CEO of BoardSource, Joins Denver Frederick

When Darren Walker, the President of the Ford Foundation, was on the show, he said the following, “Everything that is right or wrong with an organization, whether a for-profit or nonprofit, can be traced to the doorstep of the board of trustees.” It all begins with the board. The recognized leader in nonprofit board leadership, as well as supporting, training and educating nonprofit leaders from across the country and throughout the world, is an organization called BoardSource. And it’s a great pleasure to have with us this evening their President and CEO, Anne Wallestad.  

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Ryan Merkley, Chief Executive Officer of Creative Commons, Joins Denver Frederick

How many of you have seen those two small Cs, CC with a circle around it on a picture or on a file  and have asked: “I wonder what the significance of that is!” If you have ever wondered, you’ll wonder no more, thanks to my next guest. He is Ryan Merkley, the Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit organization represented by those two Cs, Creative Commons.

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Greg Lee, President & CEO of Livestrong, Joins Denver Frederick

Livestrong, the cancer group founded by Lance Armstrong, has certainly been through a tumultuous period. As a result of the doping and performance-enhancing drug scandal that engulfed its founder, the organization saw its revenues fall from $46 million in 2011 to $6.2 million in 2015. But Livestrong has proven to be resilient, and revenues are slowly making their way back up, and its essential work continues. And this is all being led by my next guest. He is Greg Lee, the President and CEO of the Livestrong Foundation.

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Carroll Bogert, President of The Marshall Project, Joins Denver Frederick

In order to reform a system that needs fixing, it is necessary to shine a light on it and then keep that issue in front of people and in the collective consciousness of society. This is especially true when you’re talking about something that is complicated, difficult, not terribly transparent, and fairly expensive to cover and investigate… like the criminal justice system. But that is exactly what The Marshall Project has set out to do. And here to discuss it with us is their President, Carroll Bogert.

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Kyle Zimmer, President and CEO of First Book, Joins Denver Frederick

There were many hardships faced by the people of Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. But one of the more underappreciated ones was damage done to books and other educational materials in home and school libraries. This was not lost, however, on the nonprofit and social enterprise First Book. And we have with us now to tell us what they’re doing about it — one of our favorite guests here on The Business of Giving —
Kyle Zimmer, their President and CEO.

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