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

Ana Reyes, Founder and Executive Director of I Challenge Myself, Joins Denver Frederick

Have you ever really challenged yourself, both physically and mentally, to achieve a feat which at first glance looks beyond impossible? My next guest saw a newspaper ad for a charity bike ride from Boston to New York – all 286 miles – and took up the challenge even though she had not been on a bike since junior high school. The end result was an organization called I Challenge Myself. And it’s a pleasure to have with us its Founder and Executive Director, Ana Reyes.

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Amanda Kraus, Founder and Executive Director of Row New York, Joins Denver Frederick

There are many activities that engage youth from underserved communities that help to change the trajectory of their lives– basketball and track, of course. Many listeners may even be familiar with fencing or chess, but you don’t hear quite as much about rowing. But you should, and you’re about to from Amanda Kraus, the Founder and Executive Director of Row New York.

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Holly Carter, Founder and Executive Director of BYkids, Joins Denver Frederick

We occupy a world where people who are living a problem are rarely if ever heard, and when they are, it’s typically through the voice of some adult. But what about the children who have grown up in these circumstances? What does the world look like and feel like from their perspective? The organization that is bringing us the personal stories of these young people in a very creative way, so we can better understand the world around us, is BYkids. And it is a delight to have with us this evening their founder and executive director, Holly Carter.

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Rebecca Van Bergen, Founder and Executive Director of Nest, Joins Denver Frederick

It is estimated that as much as 60% of garment manufacturing is subcontracted to artisans working out of their homes. These are primarily women working in developing economies and where it is very difficult to certify standards. We all know what so often occurs in circumstances like that, especially with no one advocating on these women’s behalf. Enter Nest, a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 and which has taken up this cause with remarkable energy and creativity. And it’s wonderful to have with us this evening its founder and executive director, Rebecca Van Bergen.

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Peggy Dulany, founder and Chair of Synergos, Joins Denver Frederick

There are many organizations that are dedicated to and possess great expertise in areas such as education, health, fresh water, agriculture, and a host of other issues. But there are very few whose expertise is problem solving, convening, facilitating, and getting people to work together in such a way that it makes a significant difference in the lives of those they are seeking to serve. One of the most exceptional and thoughtful of all of these is Synergos, and it’s a great pleasure to have with us their founder and Chair, Peggy Dulany.

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Mike Brady, CEO of Greyston Bakery, Joins Denver Frederick

There are certain business practices that almost everyone adheres to, and through hard work look to improve and make even better and more effective. Hiring would be one such example. But what if a company came along and turned those practices on their head… in fact, did just about the exact opposite of what is universally prescribed. What kind of outcomes would they achieve with their hiring? To find that out, we’re going to speak to someone who has done precisely that. He is Mike Brady, the CEO of Greyston Bakery.

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Joel Rose, Co-Founder and CEO of New Classrooms, Joins Denver Frederick

We live in an era of personalization. When we go to Amazon, it has our profile, our history, and makes recommendations on what we might want to buy. Spotify knows what we’ve listened to and serves up new songs we all most certainly like, and the excitement in the field of health these days is around personalized medicine. So, what is happening in the field of education? Well, some neat stuff like Teach to One: Math. And here to tell us about it is Joel Rose, the co-founder and CEO of New Classrooms.

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Latest Better Than Most Segments

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.”