The Business of Giving podcast by Denver Frederick aims to spread the word on social good by featuring the largest and greatest nonprofit organizations in the US. Denver interviews CEOs of nonprofits talking about how their organizations help the world a better place.
Denver: Catalyst 2030 is a fast-growing global movement of people and organizations committed to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, by 2030. Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January of 2020, the organization is a social entrepreneur and innovator-led movement responding to this global call to action for people and planet.
CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially those in Title I schools, graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond. They have been especially busy since the lockdown and are now helping create solutions to address the learning loss that occurred as a result. And here to share that story with us is Michelle Brown, the founder and CEO of CommonLit.
The Center for Evaluation Innovation, or CEI, partners with philanthropy to provide changemakers the space and resources needed to advance racial justice and create an equitable future. CEI leads evaluation projects, consults on strategy and learning, and supports field building through convening, organizing and research efforts.
And here to discuss this work with us are their co-executive directors, Dr. Chera Reid and Julia Coffman. Welcome to The Business of Giving, Chera and Julia.
Many people believe that mental health is last or at least should be last on the list of priorities when it comes to international aid and development, but my next guest maintains that it shouldn’t be last, rather it should be first, and making it so would be a very wise investment. And here with us to explain that reasoning is Sean Mayberry, the founder and CEO of StrongMinds. Welcome back to the Business of Giving, Sean.
As the world becomes increasingly complex, it might seem that humans are not capable of managing that level of complexity. My next guest, however, believes that is not the case as long as we can tap into our natural inclination towards connection, engagement, and creativity– all necessary skills to thrive in complexity. She is Jennifer Garvey Berger, the chief executive officer of Cultivating Leadership and the author of Unleash Your Complexity Genius: Growing Your Inner Capacity to Lead.
A case could be made that the most important and most influential nonprofit organization in the world today is United Way Worldwide. And although it’s a global organization, its power and its impact come from understanding and serving local communities. And here to tell us what’s been happening at the United Way, as well as where it’s headed, is Angela Williams, the president and CEO of United Way Worldwide.
Humanity United is dedicated to cultivating the conditions for enduring peace and freedom. They support and work alongside partners who are working to advance human dignity and change the systems that enable violent conflict and human exploitation to occur around the world.
Many feminist movements have achieved their successes with only minimal philanthropic support. In fact, as of 2018, only about 1% of gender-focused international aid was directed to women’s rights organizations. Lighting the way is a report for philanthropy on the power and promise of feminist movements. And here to discuss its findings are its two lead authors, Pamela Shifman of Shake the Table and Nidhi Sahni of Bridgespan.
More than 20 million children in the United States do not have the clothing and basic essentials they need for healthy childhood development. Families are struggling more than ever to pay for rent and groceries and often can’t afford the basic items for their children– properly-fitting outfits for school, diapers, a backpack, shoes, pajamas, a coat for the cold weather.