Benjamin Mohler, ACFRE is a philanthropic facilitator, and giver of time, talent, and treasure.
Benjamin Mohler's Bio:
Benjamin Mohler has a keen interest in understanding the connection between culture and the practice of philanthropy in all cultures and particularly those in the developing world. His experiences working with international nonprofit organizations, extensive international travel, together with his graduate work at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and leadership roles with local nonprofits combine to produce his expertise in these areas.
Currently, he is the Assistant Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts at Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to this, he served as Director of Philanthropy and Development for The William States Lee College of Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). Before joining the advancement staff at UNC Charlotte, he held key advancement roles at Cedarville University and the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and obtained the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) in 2015. He has served as the Vice President of Membership for the Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Mohler currently serves AFP at an international level as a longstanding member of the AFP International Development Committee and chairs the Publishing Advisory Committee for the AFP Fund Development Series of John Wiley & Sons.
Benjamin Mohler's Experience:
Assistant Vice President, Major and Planned Gifts at Eastern Kentucky UniversityMay 2015 - Present | Richmond, KY
Oversees all efforts relating to annual, major, and planned gift fundraising for Eastern Kentucky University, including all academic colleges and departments; athletics; and fine arts programs. Manages professional fundraising staff and develops appropriate strategies and plans to increase fundraising. Plays leadership role in Eastern Kentucky University’s comprehensive capital campaign including the identification and recruitment of a volunteer leadership infrastructure comprised of major donors that will help ensure the campaign’s success.
Director of Philanthropy & Development, The William States Lee College of Engineering at UNC CharlotteSeptember 2007 - April 2015 | Charlotte, NC
Designed the first college-specific capital campaign and developed board leadership volunteers with an integrated public and private case for support We exceeded the overall goal of $48M ($28M in public funds and $20M in philanthropic contributions) two years ahead of schedule Oversaw an exponential increase in philanthropic revenue to the College from a steady state average of under $700,000 to a high-mark of over $7,500,000 (excluding pledges and gifts in-kind) Independently secured the seven largest gift commitments in the 50-year history of the College totaling more than $23M and raising a total of over $30,000,000 in gifts and commitments Independently secured the five largest gift commitments in the 47-year history of The Lee College of Engineering
Staff Sergeant at Texas State Guard2003 - 2008
401st Air Support Group of the 4th Air Wing. Embedded with the Texas Air National Guard 209th Combat Weather Team in support of the 36th Infantry Division. The 401st provides transportation, communications, meteorological observation, and reporting missions to enhance training and prepare the 209th for deployment. The 401st is trained in Red Cross and FEMA emergency management and made good use of that training in 2005 during relief operations for hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Emergency ready reserve from 2006-2008. Honorably discharged in 2008
Development Officer for The Cedarville Fund at Cedarville UniversityJanuary 2006 - September 2007 | Cedarville, OH
Developed new and alternative means to reinforce and target affinity groups identified as having interest in providing sustaining gift support by integrating a highly segmented direct mail strategy, social media, podcasts, and RSS.
Development Professional for the Engineering Foundation at The University of Texas at AustinJune 2001 - January 2006 | Austin, TX
Alumni Relations - Manager Foundation Relations - Development Associate Corporate Relations - Development Assistant Public Affairs and Alumni Relations - Development Assistant
Benjamin Mohler's Education:
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota2007 – 2010M.A.
Cedarville University1997 – 2001B.A.Concentration: Communication Arts
Benjamin Mohler's Interests & Activities:
I love cycling, world travel, lifelong learning, and most of all my wife, and kids.