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

Dr. Rajiv Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

Denver: There is no more venerable institution in the world of philanthropy than The Rockefeller Foundation. But venerable institutions need to evolve and constantly reinvent themselves to remain relevant in a fast-changing world. That is what Rockefeller has done and is doing now more than ever under the leadership of our next guest. He is Dr. Rajiv Shah, the President of The Rockefeller Foundation. 

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Nat Kendall Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of the Frameworks Institute Joins Denver Frederick

We have all been told at one time or another to sell an idea or convince someone of a particular point of view, we need to reframe the issue, but to do this around social justice issues such as immigration, criminal justice, homelessness, addiction, and poverty, that’s hard stuff and takes rigorous research.

There is a nonprofit organization dedicated to doing this difficult work and has helped to produce some very significant outcomes. It’s called the FrameWorks Institute, and it’s a pleasure to have with us this evening, their chief executive officer, Nat Kendall-Taylor. Good evening, Nat,  and welcome to The Business of Giving.

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Rev. David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World, Joins Denver Frederick

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. It has been at this since the early 1970s, and it’s had a profound impact in helping to change policies, programs, and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to exist. And here to tell us about this work, it’s a pleasure to have with us the Reverend David Beckmann, the President of Bread for the World, and the 2010 recipient of the World Food Prize. 

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Kathleen Enright, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, Joins Denver Frederick

The impact that foundations have in the field of philanthropy is even greater than the cumulative value of all the grants they make. They often provide the leadership for the sector that influences what and how things get done. One of the most important organizations in that ecosystem is the Council on Foundations, and it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight their President and CEO Kathleen Enright.

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Latest Better Than Most Segments

The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of GiveWell

Denver: And tonight, you’ll be going out to Oakland, California in the headquarter offices of GiveWell. They search for charities that save and improve lives the most per dollar. We’ll begin with their Co-founder and Executive Director Elle Hassenfeld and then hear from some of the other members of the team.

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Latest “Take 5” Lightning Rounds

“Take Five” with David Linde CEO of Participant

Denver: We're going to play Take 5 with David Linde, the CEO of Participant. Are you ready, David? David: I'm ready.  Denver: What is today's most underreported story? David: The truth about “forever chemicals.” Denver: What is something you believe that other people...

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“Take Five” with Lauren Smith, Co-CEO of FSG

Denver: So we're going to play Take Five with Lauren Smith the Co-CEO of FSG. Are you ready, Lauren?  Lauren: Oh, I think so.  Denver: What is one of your favorite documentaries or movies?  Lauren: The Big Short. It's not a recent movie, but I really like the way they...

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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.”