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

Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit, Joins Denver Frederick,

Literacy is an issue of major concern to parents, those in the field of education, and, to a degree, each of us. So if there was a literacy digital platform that was generating 20,000 new users every school day, you might be interested in knowing what they’re doing, and how they were doing it. And you’re going to find that out tonight with Michelle Brown, the Founder and CEO of CommonLit.

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Lauren Smith, Co-CEO of FSG, Joins Denver Frederick

There are a number of mission-driven consulting firms in the philanthropic and social change arena. Many of them do excellent work, but there are just a few who are truly thought leaders, whose insights and practices not only help their clients but inform the entire sector how they can go about their work more creatively and effectively. On that very short list, you would find FSG. And it’s a pleasure to have with us this evening, the Co-CEO of FSG Lauren Smith. 

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Donna de Varona, Olympic Gold Medalist and first president of the Women’s Sports Foundation of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

We love inspirational stories of trailblazers – those who have made the best of a situation they were in, as challenging as it was, and then worked hard and persevered in an effort to make it better for those who followed. One of the most remarkable of those stories is that of Donna de Varona, gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer, pioneering sports broadcaster, and the inspiration for the creation of the Women’s Sports Foundation. 

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Carly Fiorina, Founder of Unlocking Potential Foundation and Author of Find Your Way: Unleash Your Power and Highest Potential, Joins Denver Frederick

Social problems are best addressed when the private, governmental, and nonprofit sectors are all at the table working together. So, it stands to reason that an individual who’s been the CEO of a Fortune 50 company, run for president of the United States, and has founded and led several nonprofit organizations might have a fresh, interesting, and holistic approach to solving problems, and my next guest absolutely does. She is Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, a Republican presidential candidate in 2016, the Founder of the Unlocking Potential Foundation, as well as the author of Find Your Way: Unleash Your Power and Highest Potential.

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Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, President and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick,

An issue that has been ignored far too long – mental health – is becoming increasingly important to more and more Americans. This is a result of what we’ve seen on the news, but also issues in our own lives, those with our family, those with our friends. The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the largest non-governmental funder of mental research grants in the world, and it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight their President and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein.

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Anne Lynam Goddard, President and CEO of ChildFund International, Joins Denver Frederick

Today worldwide, 570 million children live in extreme poverty. ChildFund International helps many of these children to have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to bring lasting change to their communities. What an awful lot has to go into making that happen – from generating the needed revenues, to the actual work on the ground. And here to explain it all to us, it’s a pleasure to have Anne Lynam Goddard, the President and CEO of ChildFund International.

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Kathleen Rogers, President and CEO of the Earth Day Network, Joins Denver Frederick

April 22 of next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Started in 1970, it predates the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Much has occurred over those 50 years, but next year’s milestone is critical as organizers look to see that the environment and climate become a higher priority with citizens across the world, particularly when it comes time to vote. And here with us this evening is the leader of all those organizers, Kathleen Rogers, the President and CEO of the Earth Day Network.

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Latest Better Than Most Segments

The Business of Giving Visits the Offices of Per Scholas

And tonight, we’ll be taking a trip to 138th St. in the Bronx into the offices of Per Scholas. They provide tuition-fee technology training to unemployed or underemployed adults for careers as IT professionals. We’ll begin with their CEO Plinio Ayala and then we’ll hear from other members of the team on what makes their corporate culture so special. 

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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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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.”