GUEST INTERVIEWS

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.

Navigating Leadership Transitions: Insights from Josh Wright and Bridgette Gray of ideas42

Navigating Leadership Transitions: Insights from Josh Wright and Bridgette Gray of ideas42

Often overlooked and underappreciated are the intricacies of a successful CEO transition. Today, we’re joined by Josh Wright, the outgoing CEO of ideas42, and Bridgette Gray, the incoming CEO. With their combined insights, we’ll explore the challenges and strategies involved in ensuring a smooth leadership change in a nonprofit organization. Josh has led ideas42 through significant growth and impact, while Bridgette brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience to her new role. Together, they’ll share their experiences, plans, and advice on making a CEO transition, not just a change in leadership, but an opportunity for renewal and progress.

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From BMX to Philanthropy: Nigel Sylvester’s Journey and Mission

From BMX to Philanthropy: Nigel Sylvester’s Journey and Mission

Nigel Sylvester has redefined what it means to be a BMX athlete, using his creativity and digital content to reach millions around the globe. Best known for his innovative GO series, Nigel’s journey began in the streets of Jamaica, Queens where he first discovered his passion for BMX. But Nigel’s impact goes far beyond his incredible skills on the bike.

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The Future of Giving: Adam Nash’s Daffy Offers $25 to Start Your Donor-Advised Fund

The Future of Giving: Adam Nash’s Daffy Offers $25 to Start Your Donor-Advised Fund

Daffy, which stands for Donor-Advised Fund for You, aims to change the way we approach philanthropy by making it more accessible and habitual for everyone, not just the affluent. By integrating technology and simplicity, Daffy enables users to support any legal charity in the US with ease, encouraging more frequent and thoughtful generosity.

The man behind this innovative approach is Adam Nash, the founder of Daffy. With a rich history in leading product and growth at major tech companies like Dropbox, LinkedIn, and eBay, Adam has leveraged his extensive experience to tackle the unique challenges in the nonprofit sector.

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A Decade of Impact: Insights from Crisis Text Line CEO Dena Trujillo

A Decade of Impact: Insights from Crisis Text Line CEO Dena Trujillo

Crisis Text Line provides free 24/7, high-quality, text-based mental health support by empowering a community of trained volunteers. Recently, they released a comprehensive study analyzing some of the 9 million text conversations spanning the last decade, revealing powerful insights into youth mental health trends, the effectiveness of their services across demographics, and the positive impact on both texters and volunteers.

Here to discuss these findings and Crisis Text Line’s innovative model is Dena Trujillo, their CEO. Welcome back to The Business of Giving, Dena.

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From Housing to Economic Mobility: Inside LISC’s Strategies for Change with CEO Michael T. Pugh

From Housing to Economic Mobility: Inside LISC’s Strategies for Change with CEO Michael T. Pugh

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, or LISC, is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing distressed communities and fostering economic opportunity. Since its founding in 1979, LISC has invested some $30 billion to catalyze community development across the United States.

Leading LISC is Michael T. Pugh, who became the President and CEO in October of 2023. Pugh brings over 30 years of banking experience focused on expanding access to capital in underserved communities. Prior to LISC, he spent over a decade as CEO of Carver Federal Savings Bank, a major African American-operated bank in Harlem.

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How AI is Revolutionizing Philanthropy: Insights from Vilas Dhar

How AI is Revolutionizing Philanthropy: Insights from Vilas Dhar

Vilas Dhar is President and Trustee of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, where he merges technology and philanthropy to address social challenges through artificial intelligence. With a background in computer science, law and entrepreneurship, Dhar advises international bodies such as the United Nations and OECD on AI.

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Kresge at 100: CEO Rip Rapson on a Century of Impact & What’s Next

Kresge at 100: CEO Rip Rapson on a Century of Impact & What’s Next

The Kresge Foundation is a private national foundation that seeks to expand opportunities in American cities through grant making and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development. Based in metropolitan Detroit, the foundation is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. And here to discuss that and more with us is Rip Rapson, the president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation.

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