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.

Rebecca Rimel, President of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Joins Denver Frederick

Most listeners are familiar with The Pew Research Poll, but what they may not be aware of is that that’s just the tip of the iceberg to one of the most extraordinary, multi-faceted, and innovative charities in the country doing some really interesting stuff. And the architect of all this, building upon the legacy of the founders, is with us now. She is Rebecca Rimel, president and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Jeffrey Walker, Chairman of New Profit and Co-author of The Generosity Network, Joins Denver Frederick

If I were to describe my next guest, the words I would use would be curious, eclectic, collaborative, and mindful. Those are wonderful attributes to have when you’re looking to identify some new ways to solve some very old social problems. He has been an executive with JPMorgan Chase, teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School, and has served or is serving as a chairman of more nonprofit boards than you can count– places like the Quincy Jones Music Consortium, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and New Profit. He is Jeffrey Walker, who is all of the above and so much more.

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Peter Shulman, CEO of Urban Teachers, Joins Denver Frederick

One of the biggest challenges in the field of education is to find talented and committed individuals to teach in poor and underserved school districts, most of them located in the urban centers of America. An even bigger challenge is to keep them, to not have them burn out and leave the teaching profession altogether after just a couple of years. One organization that believes that it has found an approach to better train teachers, prepare them for the classroom, and lead them to become lifelong educators is Urban Teachers. And it’s a pleasure to have with us now their Chief Executive Officer, Peter Shulman.

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Joshua Wright, Executive Director of Ideas42, Joins Denver Frederick

Many social programs are designed based on assumptions of how people behave. But what if it turns out those assumptions are wrong? In that case, the program might not do any good at all and could even make the situation worst. At Ideas42, they look at why people do what they do, and the context where these decisions are being made– to help improve lives and drive social change. And I’m delighted to have with us the executive director of Ideas42, Joshua Wright.

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Sean Mayberry, Founder and Executive Director of StrongMinds, Joins Denver Frederick

Social entrepreneurs work to solve many problems such as poverty, education, and the environment. And there are many entrepreneurs from around the world working on the same problems. But then there are those challenges that although they affect tens of millions of people are essentially overlooked and completely ignored. One of those will be the mental health of women in Africa, particularly those suffering from depression. My next guest identified that need and established an organization to address it with some amazing results. He is Sean Mayberry, the founder and executive director of StrongMinds.

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Billy Shore, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Share Our Strength, Joins Denver Frederick

When I was with the campaign to restore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, we conducted the first ever cause-related marketing campaign with American Express. And I remember wondering at that time: What organization AmEx would do this with next? As I recall, it turned out to be a young, new organization, one that I had never heard of before called Share Our Strength. Well, I heard about them then, and I’ve continued to hear about their remarkable work for nearly 35 years now. And it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight someone who’s been there for the entire ride. He is Billy Shore, the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry Campaign.

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Louise Dubé, Executive Director of iCivics, Joins Denver Frederick

You might be surprised to learn that the first woman ever appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States considers her greatest legacy to be a video game. But that is the importance that Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, places on having an informed citizenry and a democracy. The name of the organization behind these games is iCivics, and it’s a pleasure to have with us their Executive Director, Louise Dubé.

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Dr. Mark Abbott, President & Director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Joins Denver Frederick

We all learn in school that oceans cover more than 70% of our planet. But there are other things to take note of, such as: 50% of the oxygen from photosynthesis is produced in the ocean; 90% of international trade travels by ship, and 44% of the Earth’s population lives within 100 miles of a coast. There is no organization in the world that explores, understands, and appreciates the oceans quite like Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. And it’s a pleasure to have with us their president and director

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Brandee McHale, President of Citi Foundation, Joins Denver Frederick

Financial institutions play a particularly important role in society. Their ability to leverage capital, both in the country where they’re based and around the world, can help accelerate real and lasting change. That also holds true for their philanthropy and the investments they make in purpose-driven businesses. And it’s a pleasure to have with us someone who plays a pivotal role in one of the most influential and significant of these financial institutions. She is Brandee McHale, the President of the Citi Foundation and the Head of Corporate Citizenship at Citigroup

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