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

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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Rick Shadyac, President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Joins Denver Frederick

According to a recent survey, the nonprofit that had the greatest brand awareness among households earning more than $100,000 was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And the charity that had the greatest awareness with households making less than $100,000 was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. So, I guess I could say that my next guest needs little introduction. He is Rick Shadyac, the president of St. Jude’s fundraising and awareness organization, ALSAC.

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Phil Buchanan, President & Founding CEO of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Joins Denver Frederick

If you were to read a book about effective philanthropy, you would want it to be authored by someone who has examined, studied, and researched the topic from multiple perspectives for many a year. And that is exactly what my next guest has done. As a result, he has produced a clear and thoughtful approach as to how you can have greater impact with your own philanthropy. He is Phil Buchanan, President and founding CEO of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and his wonderful new book is “Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count.”

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James Siegal, CEO of KaBOOM!, Joins Denver Frederick

Only 1 in 4 children in the US gets the daily recommended amount of physical activity. Children are not playing… not at home, in school, or around their community. And for the 14 million kids living in poverty, well, they face additional obstacles in their attempt to play. An organization dedicated to this critical issue, and with getting more kids in America playing is KaBOOM!, and it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight their chief executive officer, James Siegal.

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Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, Joins Denver Frederick

We see disruption around us in one industry after another – Amazon in retail, Uber in transportation, Netflix in entertainment, and Airbnb in lodging. Philanthropy, at least to this point, has been disrupted far less. But that may be beginning to change, as several thought leaders have written books that have gotten people thinking about how we’re actually going about doing this work. One of the most provocative and talked about of those has been Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance. It’s a pleasure to have with us this evening its author, Edgar Villanueva.

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Dan Porterfield, President & CEO of the Aspen Institute, Joins Denver Frederick

The most significant breakthroughs in solving social problems are not coming out of any one field or place, but rather are occurring at the intersections of different areas of study, different geography, different life experiences. It is this cross-fertilization that allows us to reframe problems that can lead to novel solutions. No single organization resides at these intersections any more squarely than does the Aspen Institute, and it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight their president and CEO, Dan Porterfield.

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Rachel Doyle, Founder and President of GlamourGals, Joins Denver Frederick

Intergenerational conversations are so important for seniors, as over half of those living in nursing homes will never have a visitor, as well as for young people. But how do you get these conversations started? Sometimes, you need a tool, like makeup. That was the idea that launched a nonprofit organization, GlamourGals, back in 2000. It’s a pleasure to have with us tonight their founder and CEO, Rachel Doyle.

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David Van Zandt, President of The New School, Joins Denver Frederick

In a very challenging landscape for higher education, there are certain institutions that seem just right for the present moment. One of those would be The New School, located right here in Manhattan. They are celebrating their centennial anniversary this year. And it’s a great pleasure to have with us tonight the president of The New School, David Van Zandt.

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Brad Smith, CEO of Candid, Joins Denver Frederick

It’s still early in 2019, but we already know that one of the most significant developments in the world of philanthropy for this year will be the merger of the two largest data and information nonprofit organizations, the Foundation Center and GuideStar. Here to discuss this with us is Brad Smith, the former head of the Foundation Center, and now the CEO of this new entity which is called Candid.

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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.”