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.

Adebayo Alonge, Founder and CEO of RxAll, Joins Denver Frederick

It is said the best entrepreneurs are those who have encountered the problem themselves. In the case of my next guest, he survived being in a coma for 21 days as a result of receiving fake medicine.  And every year, tens of thousands of people across the world die because of these fake drugs. So he set out to do something about it, and has he ever! He is Adebayo Alonge, the Founder and CEO of RxAll.

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Tony Marx, President & CEO of the New York Public Library, Joins Denver Frederick

Pundits confidently forecast the demise of one institution or another because of advances in science and technology. But often that not only doesn’t happen, but the exact opposite occurs. For instance, with the advent of the digital and internet age, the need for libraries would no longer exist. They had served us well, but their time had come and gone. That proved not to be the case. In fact, libraries today are more vital and central to the life of the community than they have ever been. Here to discuss that and much more with us is the head of the nation’s largest library system. He is Tony Marx, the president and CEO of the New York Public Library.

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David Flink, Chief Empowerment Officer, and Marcus Soutra, President of Eye to Eye, Joins Denver Frederick

There are 2.4 million public school students who have been identified with learning disabilities. As a result, just 68% of these students earn high school diplomas versus 91% of their peers. An organization led by two individuals who encountered some of these challenges themselves is making a big difference in the lives of these young people. It’s called Eye to Eye. It’s a pleasure to have David Flink, their chief empowerment officer and Marcus Soutra, who serves as president with us tonight.

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Simon Woods, CEO of the LA Philharmonic, Joins Denver Frederick

It was an incredible declaration by the New York Times when it stated, and I quote, “The LA Philharmonic is the most important orchestra in America.” It’s also the orchestra that will be celebrating its centennial anniversary this year and doing so in a way that is befitting of that well-earned reputation, as above.

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Rohan Pavuluri, Co-Founder and CEO of Upsolve, Joins Denver Frederick

Have you ever been in math class where you were so lost, you didn’t even know enough to ask a question? It’s a pretty helpless feeling. Another helpless feeling, but one far more serious, is when you need to file for bankruptcy, but don’t have enough money to do so. But an organization has come along that helps families in crippling debt file for bankruptcy for free. Its name is Upsolve.

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Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour, Joins Denver Frederick

Approximately one in five adults in the US, nearly 20%, experiences mental illness in a given year; and each day, an estimated 18 to 22 veterans die by suicide. An organization that is not only bringing unprecedented attention to this issue, but real action and solutions to address it is Give an Hour, who has had a remarkable impact since its founding less than 15 years ago. And it’s a pleasure to have with us this evening, the founder and president of Give an Hour, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen.

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Rhea Suh, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Joins Denver Frederick

The Natural Resources Defense Council works to safeguard the Earth– its people, its plants, and its animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. With an administration that has been less than friendly to the environment, they’ve been working overtime, often just to stay in place. It’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, the president of NRDC, as they’re called, Rhea Suh.

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