The Business of Giving podcast by Denver Frederick aims to spread the word on social good by featuring the largest and greatest nonprofit organizations in the US. Denver interviews CEOs of nonprofits talking about how their organizations help the world a better place.
The massive amounts of complexity and change that leaders face these days are unprecedented. And our system, both organizational and bodily systems, are not automatically good at coping with this. In fact, our instinct to simplify a complex world can be dangerous.
This tendency and how to address it is captured in a wonderful book by my next guest. She is Jennifer Garvey Berger, the CEO of Cultivating Leadership and author of Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to Thrive in Complexity.
All over the world, girls are treated as second to boys. Far too often, girls are denied an education, told who and when to marry, and blocked from leadership positions. Educated and respected girls are the exception, not the norm.
That is why the organization my next guest helps lead puts girls first. She is Christen Brandt, co-founder and COO of She’s the First and co-author of Impact: A Step-by-Step Plan to Create the World You Want to Live In.
AID:Tech’s platform brings transparency and traceability to the distributions of resources by governments, NGOs, corporations, and charities. And by using blockchain applications, they are able to bring access and inclusion to the underserved.
Here to tell us about how this all works in practice, it’s a pleasure to have Niall Dennehy, the co-founder and COO of AID:Tech.
As philanthropists and impact investors pour money into social and environmentally-focused businesses and projects, a nagging question often hovers over their efforts: Is the capital actually ending up where it’s intended? And is it delivering impact in a measurable, tangible manner? The ixo Foundation based in South Africa believes blockchain technology could help us assure that the answer to that is: Yes.
And here to tell us how, it’s a pleasure to have Dr. Shaun Conway, the founder and president of the ixo Foundation.
In 2010, ImpactAssets was spun out of Calvert Impact Capital in recognition of the growing need to increase flows of capital to the world’s greatest challenges. And since its inception, it has become the leading facilitator of direct impact investing within donor-advised funds.
Here to tell us more about what they do and the changes that are occurring in the field of impact investing is Margret Trilli, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of ImpactAssets.
NEXT for AUTISM transforms the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically designing, launching, and supporting innovative programs. They believe that individuals with autism have the potential to live fulfilling, productive lives when supported by excellent services and connected to their communities.
And here to tell us about their work and what’s next for people on the autism spectrum is Gillian Leek, the CEO of NEXT for AUTISM.
For nearly 50 years, the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities has been to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families. And like most nonprofits, the past 18 months have been a tumultuous time for them and the families they serve. And here to tell us about that and all that they do is Kelly Dolan, the president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House.
The Malala Fund is an international nonprofit organization that advocates for girls’ education. It was co-founded by Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Laureate and Pakistani activist for female education, and her father Ziauddin. Their goal – to amplify girls’ voices and assure that every girl has access to 12 years of free, safe, and quality education.
And here to share with us more about what they’re doing and how they’re doing it is Suzanne Ehlers, the CEO of the Malala Fund.
One for Democracy is committed to protecting the democratic process for all Americans and ensuring the right of each citizen to have their vote counted. One of their initiatives, the One for Democracy Pledge, asks individuals and foundations to contribute at least 1% of their net worth towards this objective.
And here to tell us about this work, the impact that it has had, and what their future holds, it’s a pleasure to have with us, Billy Watterson, the co-founder and board chair of One for Democracy.