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

Aron Ain, the CEO of Kronos, Joins Denver Frederick

We regularly feature some of the best workplaces in the nonprofit and social good sector on the program from both the CEO and employee perspective. But periodically, we turn to an expert for greater insight. This evening, we’re fortunate to have with us one of the very best. He is Aron Ain, the CEO of Kronos who is a multi-year recipient of Glassdoor’s Top CEO Honor and the author of a great new book, WorkInspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work.

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Rob Acker, CEO of Salesforce.org, Joins Denver Frederick

Because of technology, much of what we do and how we do it has changed dramatically over the past decade. Facebook for socialization, Amazon for shopping, Netflix providing entertainment, and Google retrieving that information we want or need. But beyond being able to give online, not so much in the world of philanthropy has changed. But that may be changing with the introduction of Philanthropy Cloud by Salesforce. And here to tell us about it is Rob Acker, the chief executive officer of Salesforce.org.

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Eric Goldstein, CEO of the UJA Federation of New York, Joins Denver Frederick

One of the largest and most prominent philanthropies in New York is the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, known to many simply as UJA Federation. They raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support a wide variety of social causes, and many consider them to be the most influential voice of the Jewish community in America. Here to tell us more about what they do is Eric Goldstein, the Chief Executive Officer of UJA Federation of New York.

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Charles Daniels, CEO of Fathers’ Uplift, Joins Denver Frederick

There is a growing belief that the best person to solve a social problem is someone who has experienced that very problem themselves. That would be the case for my next guest. His father was absent for a big part of his life, and the impact that it had on him was very real and very painful. And it ultimately inspired him to start an organization that would assist fathers in overcoming barriers so they can stay engaged in their children’s lives. He is Charles Daniels, the CEO of Fathers’ Uplift.

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Harry Johns, President & CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Joins Denver Frederick

One of the greatest fears that people have is of Alzheimer’s disease. But as this country and the world gets older, its prevalence will only increase. There is no organization that has driven the public discussion of this disease more, nor done as much to secure private and public funding to combat it than has the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s a great pleasure to have with us this evening their president and CEO, Harry Johns.

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Adam Falk, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is one of the most highly regarded institutions of its kind in the world, as is the Sloan School of Management– that being the business school at MIT. In both cases, the Sloan refers to Alfred P. Sloan, who also founded the foundation that bears his name back in 1934. And here to tell us about it and all the work that they do is Adam Falk, the president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Vivek Maru, Founder and CEO of Namati, Joins Denver Frederick

Every year, billions upon billions of dollars are spent by the international development community to improve the lives of people across the world. But a question to ask about this is: How effective can those dollars really be if 4 billion people, many of those same people who are being helped, do not have basic access to justice?  An organization that is addressing this epidemic of injustice head-on is Namati. And it’s a pleasure to have with us their founder and chief executive officer, Vivek Maru.

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Latest Better Than Most Segments

The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of Universal Giving

Tonight we will be going to San Francisco and to the offices of Universal Giving, an award-winning website to help people give and volunteer with top-performing projects around the world and where one hundred percent of each donation goes directly to the cause. We’ll start with their Founder and CEO, Pamela Holly and then hear from a couple other members of the team.

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The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of Room to Read

And this evening, you will be visiting 465 California Street in San Francisco, and the headquarters of Room to Read, an organization that is focused on girls education and children’s literacy in Asia and Africa. We’ll begin with Geetha Murali, the Chief Executive Officer of Room to Read and then hear from other members of the 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.”