ABOUT DENVER

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

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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Dr. Yung S. Lie, the President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, , Joins Denver Frederick

Cancer will soon be the No.1 killer in America, and playing it safe when it comes to funding research is not going to change that. Rather, we need to fund the brave, the bold, and the best, and that is what the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has been doing since 1946. And here to tell us about their strategy and impact is Dr. Yung Lie, the President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. 

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Craig Antico, Co-Founder of RIP Medical Debt, Joins Denver Frederick

Do you know what contributes to over 50% of all personal bankruptcies? It’s medical debt, which is carried by millions of Americans. In fact, over 40% of people diagnosed with cancer will deplete their assets in just two years. But an organization has come along to address this problem in a unique and creative way. It’s RIP Medical Debt, and it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight their Co-founder Craig Antico.

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Nicole Sexton, President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

It was back in 1942 when Samuel Goldwyn, along with pals such as Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney, founded what was to become the Entertainment Industry Foundation. And ever since then, EIF, as it is commonly known, has been the entertainment community’s trusted partner in philanthropy. And it’s a delight to have with us tonight their President and CEO, Nicole Sexton.

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Captain Ivonne Roman of the Newark Police Department, Founder of Women’s Leadership Academy, Joins Denver Frederick

Despite overwhelming evidence that female police officers have a positive influence, women make up just 12% of police forces nationwide – a figure that has remained stagnant for the past 20 years. There are a number of reasons for this, including physical fitness tests that some believe are designed to exclude them. Championing the cause for more female police officers is Captain Ivonne Roman from the Newark New Jersey Police Department. She is also the Founder of the Women’s Leadership Academy and an executive board member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing.

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Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project, Joins Denver Frederick

According to a recent survey, 39% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months, with more than half transgender youth seriously considering the same thing. Those are alarming statistics. But if you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, and in need of a safe and  judgment-free place to talk, there is such a place to turn to. It’s called The Trevor Project, and it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight their CEO and Executive Director, Amit Paley.

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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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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

SPEAKING, MODERATING & COACHING

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

SPEAKING, MODERATING & COACHING

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.”