GUEST INTERVIEWS

The Business of Giving radio program by Denver Frederick aims to spread the word on social good by featuring the largest and greatest nonprofit organizations in the US. Denver has a weekly show and podcast on AM970 where he interviews CEOs of nonprofits talking about how their organizations help the world a better place.

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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Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Samasource, Joins Denver Frederick

For decades now, the preferred method to lift people up and out of global poverty has been international aid. But more and more people have come to realize that it’s not only ineffective, it actually is counterproductive. Direct cash transfers have had some success, but they too pale when compared to providing someone with a job at a living wage. No organization has been able to do that more creatively and energetically than has Samasource. And it’s a great pleasure to have with us this evening, their founder and CEO, Leila Janah.

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Jina Krause-Vilmar, President & CEO of Upwardly Global, Joins Denver Frederick

The Migration Policy Institute calls it “brain waste.” This is when a highly skilled and college- educated refugee or immigrant can only find low-skill jobs, or no work at all. An organization that helps these individuals to fulfill their full potential with meaningful work, to the benefit of themselves, their family and American society at large is Upwardly Global. It’s a pleasure to have with us tonight their president and CEO, Jina Krause-Vilmar.

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Ben Erwin, President of Charitybuzz, Joins Denver Frederick

Many listeners who have attended charity galas are familiar with the auction part of the evening as the nonprofits try to raise additional revenue from those in attendance. In recent years, many of these auctions have been conducted online to reach an even bigger audience. The world’s premier, full-service charity auction site is Charitybuzz, which offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences to a community of hundreds of thousands of bidders. It’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, Ben Erwin, the President of Charitybuzz.

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Laura Sparks, President of The Cooper Union, Joins Denver Frederick

It was 160 years ago, 1859, that The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art was established. It is one of the most distinguished, interesting, and historic institutions of higher education in the country, and one that has faced some significant financial challenges in recent years. Here with us tonight to talk about all of that and much more is Laura Sparks, the 13th President of The Cooper Union.

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Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President & CEO, Women’s World Banking, Joins Denver Frederick

Across the world, there remains a very considerable gap between men and women with regard to access to finance and technology. But women’s financial inclusion, in addition to improving their lot and that of their family, also has extraordinary benefits for her community, including improved water sanitation, better education, and better health. An organization that’s been at the forefront of this financial inclusion movement for some 40 years now is Women’s World Banking. It’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, their President and CEO, Mary Ellen Iskenderian.

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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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