Key Strategies for Becoming an Exceptional Nonprofit Leader (Denver Frederick)

February 2023

As a nonprofit leader, you're committed to achieving greater impact, yet recent challenges could hinder the effective implementation of your mission. In episode #196 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, we are joined by Denver Frederick, a pioneer in the philanthropic sector who has been on the cutting edge of many fundraising principles used today. As someone who created the model for corporate sponsorships, he shares his opinions on the state of corporate giving today. Denver also addresses scaling for impact and how organizations can grow and replicate ideas to increase impact. He defines systems change and breaks down how nonprofit leaders can live up to their potential to advance true systemic change. He advocates for decision-making velocity and the benefits nonprofit organizations experience when they embrace the urgency. Denver discusses the shift in unrestricted giving and the balance of power in our sector.  

"Get in touch with your values then refer to them in every decision you make."



Denver Frederick is a trusted advisor and executive coach to nonprofit CEOs, acting as a comprehensive resource, confidante, and consultant. In his 40-plus years in the nonprofit sector, he has served as a CEO, led the fundraising campaign to restore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and assisted renowned actor Michael J. Fox in launching his Parkinson's Foundation, and pioneered the movement of peer-to-peer fundraising. For the past ten years, Denver has hosted The Business of Giving, a nationally syndicated radio show-turned-podcast. In nearly 1,000 interviews with nonprofit CEOs and subject experts, he's revealed their challenges and the innovative solutions comprising "new best practices" for charitable organizations. He's also conducted over 150 team focus groups to surface the "secret sauce" of organizational cultures that makes them irresistible places to work. Denver has taught at the NYU School of Fundraising Management and is a Certified Professional Executive Coach. He is a sought-after speaker who has appeared at forums such as the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference and the Citi Foundation Annual Convening of Grantees and Partners.




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