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

Fred Krupp, the President of the Environmental Defense Fund, Joins Denver Frederick

Guided by science and economics, the Environmental Defense Fund, commonly referred to as EDF, tackles urgent threats with practical solutions, which includes being one of the first environmental groups to engage corporations in a constructive way. And in the world of today, where the median time a person spends with an organization is less than five years, EDF has been led by the same individual for 35 years. He is Fred Krupp, the President of the Environmental Defense Fund.

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Jessica Sager, the Founder and CEO of All Our Kin, Joins Denver Frederick

One of the most significant challenges for a low-income family with young children is finding high quality, safe, and affordable child care. All Our Kin, based in Connecticut, is one of the few organizations in the country that addresses child care needs and workforce development simultaneously. And here tonight to tell us about it is Jessica Sager, the Founder and CEO of All Our Kin. 

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Ellen Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History, Joins Denver Frederick

There are few institutions that generate such universal love and respect as does the American Museum of Natural History. And we can add appreciation to that as well, as this year, they are celebrating their 150th anniversary. Here to share with us their story and what they have planned for their sesquicentennial anniversary is Ellen Futter, the president of the American Museum of Natural History.

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Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, joins Denver Frederick

The long-held belief that white meat is less harmful for your heart than red meat may still be the case, but new research, which indicates they have an identical effect on your cholesterol level, has confused many consumers. And when it comes to food nutrition, there are a number of things that we are simply unclear about. So, to bring some clarity to all of this, it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

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Sian Beilock, President of Barnard College, Joins Denver Frederick

There may be some in the audience who go back far enough to remember the commercials for Doublemint chewing gum, where a set of twins would tell us how you would receive “double the pleasure” from a single stick of gum, or something like that. I feel a little bit that way about my next guest. She is the president of one of the most prestigious colleges in America, as well as a preeminent cognitive scientist doing groundbreaking research.  And as you’ll soon hear, the two are quite related. She is Sian Beilock, the eighth president of Barnard College and the author of a number of books including Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To.

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Joe Daniels, President & CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

At a time when we agree on so little, it’s good to have an initiative that everyone can subscribe to and rally around, and that would be saluting those who have been awarded the National Medal of Honor, and now there’s a museum in the works to tell the stories of these service members who received our nation’s highest honor. And here to discuss that with us is Joe Daniels, the former CEO of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum, and currently, the President and CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation.

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Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, Joins Denver Frederick

When an event is so iconic, it can overshadow all the other incredible work of the hosting organization. Some might say that is the case with the Sundance Institute. They put on the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival, but they do so much more than that. And to discover what some of that is, in addition to learning more about the festival itself, I’m delighted to have with us tonight the Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, Keri Putnam.

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Mike Kubzansky, Managing Director of Omidyar Network, Joins Denver Frederick

There are only a handful of organizations that look to address societal problems in a multi-dimensional fashion, seeking new combinations and approaches to achieve impact. Omidyar Network is one of the most highly respected of those in both advancing the conversation and implementing new strategy. It’s a delight to have with us tonight the managing director of Omidyar Network, Mike Kubzansky.

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Latest Better Than Most Segments

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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The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of City of Hope

And for this edition, you’ll be going out Duarte, Califonia just the outside of Los Angeles and to the headquarters of City of Hope known for the being one of the best cancer treatment and research centers in the world. Let’s hear from some of the dedicated and passionate members of  the team as to 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.”