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.
I consider it to have been a real accomplishment to have gotten my next guest to come in today to sit down with me for an interview because, more often than not, you’ll find her walking – walking alone, walking with a group of friends, and now walking with nearly 150,000 other black women in an extraordinary grassroots movement known as GirlTrek. She is Morgan Dixon, the Co-founder and CEO of GirlTrek.read more
In a given year when $60 billion is given to foundations, only about $2.5 billion of just 4% goes towards advocacy work. But with advocacy campaigns having had a track record of success from ending Apartheid in South Africa to LGBTQ rights, the question becomes, why isn’t more of this happening? This is among the items examined in a recent article on the Stanford Social Innovation Review titled, When Philanthropy Meets Advocacy. It’s a pleasure to have with us its co-author, Susan Wolf Ditkoff, who is a partner at The Bridgespan Group and the co-head of their philanthropy practice.read more
It is said that ballet is a dance executed by the human soul, and that ballet dancers are among the greatest living athletes. American Ballet Theater, located here in New York, is considered to be one of the great dance companies in the world. And in 2006 by an act of Congress, it became America’s National Ballet Company. It’s a great pleasure to have with us their Executive Director, Kara Medoff Barnett.read more
There are few performing arts institutions in New York outside of Manhattan that have a national reputation, and there are fewer still whose name is recognized and revered across the globe. But one of those would be the Brooklyn Academy of Music, commonly known as BAM. And it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, the President of BAM, Katy Clark.read more
It has been written about the New York Foundation that they are the Sugar Ray Robinson of philanthropy. Pound for pound, the best grantmaker in the business. Their vision, integrity, and willingness to take risks are matched by very few others, if any. Maria Mottola has served as their Executive Director since 2003 and has been with them since 1994, but she’s with us now.read more
Leslie Crutchfield, author of How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t, and Denver Frederick
There is a lot in the news these days about social movements such as #MeToo, #NeverAgain, and a number of others. Have you ever wondered if there were certain patterns or practices to these movements which ultimately help determine how successful they will be? Well, it turns out, there are, and they have been chronicled in a wonderful new book entitled How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t.
It’s a pleasure to have with us Leslie Crutchfield, its author, who also serves as the Executive Director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.read more
American lives are shorter on average than those in other wealthy nations, and the gap is growing ever wider according to the latest data released by the Center for Disease Control. In fact, it appears that in 2017, US life expectancy will drop for a third year in a row, an event that hasn’t occurred in over a hundred years. As Americans, we are not faring well. But there’s a young organization that is dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation. It’s called Well Being Trust, and it’s a pleasure to have with us their Chief Executive Officer, Tyler Norris. Good evening, Tyler, and welcome to The Business of Giving.read more
One of the questions I ask of my guests during the Lightning Round on The Business of Giving is: “What is something you believe that other people think is just insane?” Well, if that guest was a nonprofit organization, Oxfam, the answer very well might be, “I believe that poverty and powerlessness are avoidable and can be eradicated by human action and political will.” Tonight, we will be discussing that and much more with Abby Maxman, the President and CEO of Oxfam America. Good evening, Abby, and welcome to The Business of Giving.read more
For many listeners, Health and Sex Ed classes at school could have been better. Someone, about the age of your parent, telling you what you should and should not do with your body. Despite those limitations, they did impart some valuable information. But now, in many schools, because of budget and staff cuts, as well as increased focus on standardized testing, they don’t exist at all. That is where the Peer Health Exchange comes in; bringing these classes back, especially in low-income neighborhoods, and in a way that adolescents can much better relate to. And it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, co-founder and CEO of the Peer Health Exchange, Louise Langheier. Good evening, Louise, and welcome to The Business of Giving.read more