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

Brandee McHale, President of Citi Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

Financial institutions play a particularly important role in society. Their ability to leverage capital, both in the country where they’re based and around the world, can help accelerate real and lasting change. That also holds true for their philanthropy and the investments they make in purpose-driven businesses. And it’s a pleasure to have with us someone who plays a pivotal role in one of the most influential and significant of these financial institutions. She is Brandee McHale, the President of the Citi Foundation and the Head of Corporate Citizenship at Citigroup

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Miriam Altman, co-founder and CEO of Kinvolved, Joins Denver Frederick

It has been said that 90% of success is just showing up, and while that might be a slight exaggeration, it is a big part of it, especially when it comes to school. Yet, up to one-third of student populations in high-poverty urban areas are chronically absent. When my next guest observed that and the impact it had on things like graduation rates, she decided to do something about it. And that was the start of the social venture called Kinvolved.

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Dr. Terry Fulmer, President of the John A Hartford Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

The number of Americans over 65 years of age has jumped from 35 million at the turn of the century to 50 million today. And in about 20 years, there will be more people over 65 than under 18 in America. Make no mistake about it. America is getting older, and one institution that is dedicated to improving the care of older adults is the John A. Hartford Foundation. And it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight their president, Dr. Terry Fulmer.

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Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, Joins Denver Frederick

I would imagine that most everyone listening knows of at least one person who has volunteered to help build a simple, decent, and affordable house as part of Habitat for Humanity, the largest nonprofit builder in the world. There’s an awful lot that goes into this, not just in the United States, but in the nearly 70 countries where they operate. Here to walk us through it all is Jonathan Reckford, the Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity International

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James Anderson, the Head of Government Innovation Programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies, Joins Denver Frederick

If you had to leverage something that would have a positive impact on the greatest number of people possible, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than making city mayors more effective at doing their jobs.  And that is one of the focus areas for Bloomberg Philanthropies. It’s a pleasure to have with us this evening, James Anderson, the head of Government Innovation Programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, Joins Denver Frederick

There is nothing on this show I enjoy doing more than taking an organization that we are all so familiar with, but don’t really fully understand or appreciate,  and learn about their challenges, all that they actually do, and how they go about doing it. And there may be no finer example of that than the American Red Cross. And it’s a great pleasure to have with us this evening their president and chief executive officer, Gail McGovern.

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Mario Morino, Chairman of The Morino Institute, Joins Denver Frederick

If you were to take a poll and ask people who they consider to be the Renaissance man or woman of the nonprofit world, I suspect that my next guest just might be the top vote getter. He has the uncanny ability to connect disparate dots, a holistic understanding of what it takes to create a high-performing organization that has real impact, and the ability to communicate that in an informative and engaging way. He is Mario Morino, the founder of Venture Philanthropy Partners, author of Leap of Reason, and chairman of the Morino Institute.

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Craig Newmark, the Founder of Craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Joins Denver Frederick

if you have ever wondered what is up with Craig, the founder of Craigslist, we have the answer for you. He’s turned his attention and energy to philanthropy; supporting organizations who are actively engaged in veteran’s issues, women in tech, voter protection, and journalism. It’s a pleasure to have with us the aforementioned, Craig. Craig Newmark, the Founder of Craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

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Latest Better Than Most Segments

The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of Glide Foundation

And tonight you’ll be going to San Francisco to visit a truly exceptional organization, the Glide Foundation. A radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. And as you’ll hear this organization has a profound influence on the people who work there.

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Interview of Denver Frederick, Host of the Business of Giving, conducted by Kyle Peterson, Executive Director of the Walton Family Foundation 

I am thrilled to talk about the subject of culture and the tour that you’ve been on.  You’ve been on a culture tour, Culture Tour 2018. You’ve talked to a hundred organizations. This is really important to me. It’s something that I have been curious about over the last 20 years. It’s something I’m working on now big time at the Walton Family Foundation. So, I’m curious to hear from you what you’re learning.

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The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of New Story

One of the most thoughtful places I’ve been to do a Better Than Most segment has been New Story, which is headquartered out in San Francisco. They pioneer solutions to address global homelessness and imagine a world where no human lives in survival mode. We’ll start with their CEO, Brett Hagler, and then you will hear from some of the other members of the New Story team.

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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.”