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.

Sarah Rosen Wartell, President and CEO of the Urban Institute, Joins Denver Frederick

It was just over 50 years ago – 1968 to be precise – that the Urban Institute was founded to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Tonight, we’ll talk about how it has evolved since then, but more, how it is preparing for the challenges of the coming half-century so we have a country where everyone can rise. And we’ll do that with Sarah Rosen Wartell, the President and CEO of the Urban Institute. 

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Deborah Bial, Founder and CEO of Posse Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

For those who are old enough to remember and watch Westerns on TV, there were times when the sheriff would form a “posse” to help find someone and bring them to justice. A more contemporary meaning might be a group of people who have a common characteristic, occupation, or purpose such as going to college together. And an organization that has done that with remarkable effectiveness is the Posse Foundation, and it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, their Founder and CEO Deborah Bial. 

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Anne Marie Burgoyne, the Managing Director of Social Innovation and Impact at the Emerson Collective, Joins Denver Frederick

If you are looking for an organization that is approaching the most intractable social problems in a novel and innovative way, it would serve you well to check out the work of the Emerson Collective, an organization that was started by Laurene Powell Jobs. And with us tonight to shed some light on that work is Anne Marie Burgoyne, the Managing Director of Social Innovation and Impact at the Emerson Collective.

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Christina Lewis, Founder and President of All Star Code, Joins Denver Frederick

My next guest has the uncanny ability to look around the corner and see issues before they become widely disseminated in the press and discussed by the public. One example of that would be the lack of people of color in the tech sector and the consequences of that – something she identified well before most others did. It was that realization that inspired her to start All Star Code in 2013, providing boys and young men of color the mindset and tools they need to succeed in a technological world.

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Pam Norley, President of Fidelity Charitable, Joins Denver Frederick

When the Chronicle of Philanthropy ran its annual list of the 400 largest charities back in 2016, many were taken by surprise that its top spot wasn’t occupied by an organization like the United Way or The Salvation Army, but rather Fidelity Charitable. It signified that the way Americans are going about their giving has changed dramatically, and that donor-advised funds are becoming the preferred vehicle for an increasing number of people.

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Dr. Rajiv Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

Denver: There is no more venerable institution in the world of philanthropy than The Rockefeller Foundation. But venerable institutions need to evolve and constantly reinvent themselves to remain relevant in a fast-changing world. That is what Rockefeller has done and is doing now more than ever under the leadership of our next guest. He is Dr. Rajiv Shah, the President of The Rockefeller Foundation. 

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