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

Anne Lynam Goddard, President and CEO of ChildFund International, Joins Denver Frederick

Today worldwide, 570 million children live in extreme poverty. ChildFund International helps many of these children to have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to bring lasting change to their communities. What an awful lot has to go into making that happen – from generating the needed revenues, to the actual work on the ground. And here to explain it all to us, it’s a pleasure to have Anne Lynam Goddard, the President and CEO of ChildFund International.

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Kathleen Rogers, President and CEO of the Earth Day Network, Joins Denver Frederick

April 22 of next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Started in 1970, it predates the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Much has occurred over those 50 years, but next year’s milestone is critical as organizers look to see that the environment and climate become a higher priority with citizens across the world, particularly when it comes time to vote. And here with us this evening is the leader of all those organizers, Kathleen Rogers, the President and CEO of the Earth Day Network.

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Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, Founder and CEO of Build Change, Joins Denver Frederick

The world has been walloped with more than its fair share of natural disasters in recent years, many made worse due to climate change. And when you watch on TV – the accounts of the devastation, the loss of life – one very important point is often neglected, and that is a substandard housing these people were living in– housing which frequently has collapsed upon them and their loved ones. This is an urgent issue, a global epidemic that merits far more attention. And we’re going to give it some tonight with one of the preeminent leaders in the field. She is Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, the Founder and CEO of Build Change.

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Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America, Joins Denver Frederick

My next guest has worn many, many hats – all with remarkable skill – and has thought deeply about how women and men need to integrate their professional lives with that of their family life. She has taught at Harvard, the University of Chicago, and Princeton; held the key post in the State Department, working for Secretary Clinton; and currently is the CEO of New America. But she’s perhaps best known by the general public for an article she wrote in The Atlantic titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” which was the most read article in the history of the magazine. She is Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter.

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Molly Melching, Founder of Tostan, Joins Denver Frederick

We all try to change our own behavior – it’s hard. Or we may attempt to modify that of our child – that’s even harder. And what about trying to sway a friend or an acquaintance with different political beliefs to look at things the way you do? Well, we all know that’s impossible. So what then about changing long-standing social norms, steeped in history and tradition, of an entire community?  As daunting as that may sound, it’s what my next guest and the organization that she founded has done around issues such as human rights, female genital cutting, and child marriage. She is Molly Melching, the Founder of Tostan.

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Dr. Mark Plotkin, Co-founder and CEO of the Amazon Conservation Team, Joins Denver Frederick

In a world where we hear a lot of bad news, there hasn’t been anything much more distressing than the story out of the Amazon, where there has been an 84% increase in forest fires over 2018. Often referred to as “Earth’s lungs,” these fires are having a devastating impact on the environment and the climate. But there are other stories from the Amazon forest that need to be told as well, such as the toll these fires will take on biodiversity and the indigenous communities that inhabit the region. Aside from those indigenous communities themselves, there is no more knowledgeable expert in the world on this subject than my next guest. He is ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin, the Co-founder and CEO of the Amazon Conservation Team.

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Christine Quinn, CEO of Win, Joins Denver Frederick

In one city after another, you hear about the homelessness crisis.  And when you visualize it, do you picture a single man, perhaps sleeping on a subway?  Or asking passers-by for some spare change? Me, too. But what if that is an inaccurate picture? And if it isn’t, are policies and programs being directed to where they are most needed? With us tonight to help provide clarity on all of this is the former Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn, who currently serves as a Chief Executive Officer of WIN, formerly known as Women In Need.

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William Abrams, President and CEO of Trickle Up, Joins Denver Frederick

For a program committed to lifting people out of poverty, and one that wants to show positive results, it is tempting to choose participants with a good chance of success: some education, a few employable skills, people who just need an opportunity. But if you’re committed to doing the most good, you would look at the most vulnerable populations living in extreme poverty, even ultra-poverty, often in isolated, rural areas. Trickle Up is an organization that has taken the latter path and has achieved amazing results at the same time. And here to tell us about how they go about doing it, it’s a pleasure to have with us their President and CEO, William Abrams.

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Jenna Nicholas, Co-founder and CEO of Impact Experience, Joins Denver Frederick

Impact investing is an exciting and rapidly growing industry powered by investors who are determined to generate social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.  But often, there is a disconnect between the investor and the community that is receiving the investment. My next guest decided to do something to bridge that gap. She is Jenna Nicholas, the Co-founder and CEO of Impact Experience.

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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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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.”