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. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and President of Give an Hour, Joins Denver Frederick

Approximately one in five adults in the US, nearly 20%, experiences mental illness in a given year; and each day, an estimated 18 to 22 veterans die by suicide. An organization that is not only bringing unprecedented attention to this issue, but real action and solutions to address it is Give an Hour, who has had a remarkable impact since its founding less than 15 years ago. And it’s a pleasure to have with us this evening, the founder and president of Give an Hour, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen.

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Rhea Suh, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Joins Denver Frederick

The Natural Resources Defense Council works to safeguard the Earth– its people, its plants, and its animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. With an administration that has been less than friendly to the environment, they’ve been working overtime, often just to stay in place. It’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, the president of NRDC, as they’re called, Rhea Suh.

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Chip Lyons, President and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

Political junkies in the audience can most likely name the most memorable speeches ever given at the national conventions of the political parties. From “The New Deal Speech” of FDR to the “Extremism in Defense of Liberty,” the one delivered by Barry Goldwater. But they would be remiss to overlook a speech given by Elizabeth Glaser at the 1992 Democratic National Convention, held here in New York City on July 14th, a speech that changed the way this nation thought about and approached the AIDS epidemic. Here to discuss that with us this evening, all the work in progress that has ensued since, and what still needs to be done is Chip Lyons, the president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation.

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Dan Weiss, President & CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Joins Denver Frederick

If you take the number of fans who attended a Yankee game last year, add to that the attendance at the Mets, and throw in the Knicks and the Rangers, just for good measure, it still wouldn’t equal the 7.35 million people who visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art. And as New York City’s most visited tourist attraction prepares for its sesquicentennial anniversary next year, we thought it would be a great time to catch up and find out what’s going on at The Met. And who better to do that with than Dan Weiss, the president and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Elie Hassenfeld, Co-Founder and Executive Director of GiveWell, Joins Denver Frederick

So, suppose you made some money and wanted to make a contribution to a nonprofit organization where that donation would have the greatest impact to improve people’s lives. Where would you begin to look for that information? Well, that is a dilemma that faced my next guest, and all he did is start an organization to help answer that very question. He is Elie Hassenfeld, the co-founder and executive director of GiveWell.

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Deborah Borda, President & CEO of the New York Philharmonic, Joins Denver Frederick

Managing an arts institution in the 21st century like the New York Philharmonic is one of the most daunting challenges that any leader could face, whether in the profit or nonprofit world. There are many who would say that there’s absolutely no one better at doing this than my next guest. She led the New York Philharmonic in the 1990s, went out to California for 17 years to become the CEO of the LA Philharmonic, and is now back in New York for a second tour of duty. And it’s a great pleasure to have her with us tonight. She is Deborah Borda, the president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic.

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Marvin Krislov, President of Pace University, Joins Denver Frederick

A central element to the American narrative is that education, particularly higher education, is the path that allows young people to move ahead and hopefully, enjoy a better life than that of their parents. But that narrative has been challenged of late as more and more families wonder about the value of a college education, as compared to its ever increasing cost. But there is at least one institution where this is rarely questioned. Pace University, who has recently been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as the Number one private school in the nation with the greatest upward social mobility. And here to discuss that with us, along with much more, is Marvin Krislov, the president of Pace University.

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Alejandra Castillo, CEO of the YWCA USA, Joins Denver Frederick

There are not many businesses or non-profit organizations that have been around for more than 160 years. The YWCA happens to be one of those organizations, moving fast, so they can continue to meet the needs of girls and women in this ever changing world. And here to tell us about what they’ve been up to and what the future holds is Alejandra Castillo, the Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA USA.

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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.”