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

Sam Teicher, Co-founder of Coral Vita, Joins Denver Frederick

Over 50% of the world’s coral reefs have already been lost, and it’s projected that 90% of them will die out by 2050. This is not only a huge problem for the oceans and those communities that depend upon them, but for all of us. What can possibly be done to reverse this trend? Coral Vita is a company that is working on an answer in a very creative and innovative fashion. And here to tell us about it is Sam Teicher, the Co-founder of Coral Vita. 

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Fred Muench, President of the Center on Addiction, Joins Denver Frederick

There are many challenges that currently face this country. Gun violence is certainly at the top of everyone’s mind, but so, too, is drug addiction and the opioid crisis. Over 120 people die each and every day from an opioid overdose. An organization that is on a mission to transform how this nation addresses this crisis is the Center on Addiction, and it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight their President, Fred Muench.

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Patrick Schmitt, Co-founder and Co-CEO of FreeWill, Joins Denver Frederick

There is a massive transfer of wealth occurring, some $35 trillion over the next 20 years, as the baby boomer generation passes on. Is there a way that more of this wealth can be directed to charitable causes and nonprofit organizations? Well, a company by the name of FreeWill believes that there is, and has created an easy and simple process that helps make it possible. And it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight the Co-founder and Co-CEO of FreeWill, Patrick Schmitt. 

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Helen Lowman, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, Joins Denver Frederick

Well before the Environmental Protection Agency ever existed there was Keep America Beautiful, founded in 1953. And it may be hard to imagine today but there was a time when drivers would throw trash out their car window without thinking about it twice, but it was Keep America Beautiful that did get us to think about it and changed the behavior of an entire nation, and they continue to do that to this very day. And here to discuss it all with us is Helen Lowman, the President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful.

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Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld, Executive Director and Co-founder of MiracleFeet, Joins Denver Frederick

There are disabilities that children are born with which are treated at birth in a fairly routine manner in the developed world, but in low-income nations, many of these disabilities are left untreated, with devastating consequences for both the individual and their family. Cleft palate would be one; another is clubfoot, which we’ll be talking about tonight, and we’ll do that with Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld, the Executive Director and co-founder of MiracleFeet.

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Dr.Helene Gayle, the President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, Joins Denver Frederick

A person’s career path often starts with working with a local organization, then tackling bigger issues on a national stage, and ultimately, being an integral part of an international enterprise.  But that isn’t always the case. For instance, my next guest has had leadership roles at the Centers for Disease Control, a US federal agency, the Gates Foundation, leading their HIV/AIDS programs, and the international human services organization, CARE. But now, she is turning her attention to helping improve the lives of people in one of America’s greatest cities. She is Dr.Helene Gayle, the President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust.

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Arne Duncan, Managing Director of Chicago CRED, Joins Denver Frederick

If I were to ask you to think of a major US city that has an epidemic of gun violence, what city would come to mind? For many, it would be Chicago. But what are the reasons for that?  And what can be done to see that is reduced significantly and quickly? For the answer to those questions, it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education under President Obama, and currently the Managing Director of Chicago CRED, which stands for Creating Real Economic Destiny.

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Latest Better Than Most Segments

The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of Per Scholas

And tonight, we’ll be taking a trip to 138th St. in the Bronx into the offices of Per Scholas. They provide tuition-fee technology training to unemployed or underemployed adults for careers as IT professionals. We’ll begin with their CEO Plinio Ayala and then we’ll hear from other members of the team on what makes their corporate culture so special. 

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The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of BRAC

The largest NGO in the world, and in many people’s estimation the most effective, is BRAC. And you don’t get to be that way without a great workplace culture. So this evening, we’ll be visiting the New York offices of BRAC to see what makes it such a special place and hear from some of the members of the team, starting with the President and CEO of BRAC USA, Donella Rapier:

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The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of Team Rubicon

And for this edition, we’ll be going out to Los Angeles adjacent to LAX Airport and to the home of Team Rubicon. They utilize the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams, and as you might expect, they have an exceptional organizational culture.

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The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of Fast Forward

And for this edition of  Better Than Most, we will be going to The Presidio in San Francisco into the home of Fast Forward, an organization that invests in entrepreneurs who are using technology to accelerate social impact. Let’s hear from some of the members of this close-knit team on why it is such an exceptional place to work.

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Latest “Take 5” Lightning Rounds


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


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.”