Interview of Denver Frederick, Host of the Business of Giving, conducted by Kyle Peterson, Executive Director of the Walton Family Foundation
I am thrilled to talk about the subject of culture and the tour that you’ve been on. You’ve been on a culture tour, Culture Tour 2018. You’ve talked to a hundred organizations. This is really important to me. It’s something that I have been curious about over the last 20 years. It’s something I’m working on now big time at the Walton Family Foundation. So, I’m curious to hear from you what you’re learning.
“…our whole ethos is that we work to support Americans who want to make a difference in their own backyards. So, whether that’s taking folks on a trip, a hike in an afternoon, cleaning up a local river, or retiring a coal plant and replacing it with clean energy, we very much believe in the power of individuals to affect great change.”
“I think that the culture in any organization that hires people with disabilities changes. It changes for the better…having a workforce that includes people with disabilities makes managers better managers…better parents…better citizens of the world. It makes them, I believe, better human beings that are going to approach issues in the workforce in a different way.”
“…to free people up to accomplish their potential and to bring them all together in this organization, and increasingly, to push that out into the world to work with thousands of organizations around the world, it feels like I found my tribe. And it’s not just the tribe of GlobalGiving, it’s a tribe that includes DonorsChoose and Kiva and charity: water and the whole world of people who believe that people on the ground can do the right thing, whether it’s donors or social entrepreneurs, and we can come together to do it. So that feels amazing.”