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

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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Greg Van Kirk, Co-Founder and President of Social Entrepreneur Corps, Joins Denver Frederick

The CEO of Warby Parker believes that the unique, immersive experience offered by Social Entrepreneur Corps is key to career success. Now that’s a statement that grabs your attention, and tonight, you’ll learn what makes that experience so special. From Greg Van Kirk, Ashoka Fellow, Executive Director of Community Empowerment Solutions, the Skoll Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012, and the co-founder and President of the aforementioned Social Entrepreneur Corps.

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Rafael Alvarez, Founder and CEO of Genesys Works, Joins Denver Frederick

Have you ever found yourself in an environment or setting well beyond what you would ever have imagined for yourself, one that was meant for other people, but certainly not you?  But once there, something strange happened. Through the value you provide and your interactions with others, you come to realize that, in fact, you do belong here, or at another place just like it. That is very much what happens to the students who are part of the Genesys Works Program.

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Rumman Chowdhury, the Global Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture, Joins Denver Frederick

Artificial intelligence is becoming more prevalent across the world and in our individual lives every day. There are those who believe AI and robotics will take away our jobs and purpose and maybe even destroy humanity altogether. Others are excited and believe it will usher in a golden age the likes of which we have never seen. But my next guest maintains that neither scenario is preordained, but depends upon what we, human beings, decide what we’re going to do with it. She is Rummun Chowdhury, the Global Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture.

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Tyler Radford, Executive Director of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Joins Denver Frederick

When you’re driving in your car, and the voice from the phone says, “Take exit 3 in two miles,” that’s a result of the area being well-mapped. But there are parts of the world that are largely unmapped, and they happen to be the very parts wherein natural disaster is likely to strike. So, providing emergency relief to people without any map to go by is a monumental challenge. Fortunately, there is a young, creative organization that has stepped up to fill that gap, and with volunteers no less.

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Robin Steinberg, the founder and CEO of the Bail Project, Joins Denver Frederick

Experts would tell you the most ineffective way to reform a system is to attempt to change too many things at once. Rather, you should focus all your efforts and resources on one critical area and have the momentum generated by that help create additional change. My next guest, who spent her entire career in the criminal justice system, is focused on one such thing – cash bail–first in the Bronx, and now spreading across the country

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Maya Winkelstein, Executive Director of Open Road Alliance, Joins Denver Frederick

In the philanthropic world, certain words have gained favor over the past decade or so – impact, transparency, leverage – to name just a few. But one that hasn’t caught on quite so much is risk: the risk around a program succeeding, or the risk of a philanthropic investment. But one organization that is shedding new light on this all- important topic, and who has helped many worthy organizations where risk has been realized, is Open Road Alliance.

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T. Morgan Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO of GirlTrek, Joins Denver Frederick

I consider it to have been a real accomplishment to have gotten my next guest to come in today to sit down with me for an interview because, more often than not, you’ll find her walking – walking alone, walking with a group of friends, and now walking with nearly 150,000 other black women in an extraordinary grassroots movement known as GirlTrek. She is Morgan Dixon, the Co-founder and CEO of GirlTrek.

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Latest Better Than Most Segments

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.”