Benjamin Mohler - Philanthropic Facilitator, Speaker, Writer, and Higher Education Advancement Professional
Benjamin Mohler's Bio:
Benjamin Mohler, CFRE, ACFRE is the Assistant Vice President of Development at Eastern Kentucky University. In this role, he oversees the annual, major and planned gift fundraising for all aspects of the institution. Prior to his current position, he held key advancement roles at UNC Charlotte, Cedarville University, and the University of Texas at Austin.
He completed a graduate degree in Philanthropy and Development at St. Mary's University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree at Cedarville University. He was named Charlotte Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" in 2013 and the AFP Bluegrass Chapter honored him with their Exemplary Service Award in 2015.
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 member of the ACFRE Certification Board.
Benjamin Mohler's Experience:
Assistant Vice President for Development at Eastern Kentucky UniversityMay 2015 - Present | Richmond, Kentucky
• Oversee fundraising for all academic colleges and departments, athletics, and fine arts programs by collaborating with deans and unit heads • Lead and manage annual, major, and planned giving professional fundraising staff and develops appropriate strategies and plans to increase fundraising and a campus culture of philanthropy • Play leadership role in Eastern Kentucky University's $50M capital campaign including a growth in gifts and commitments: $4.7M (FYE 2015), $8.9M (FYE 2016), $8.8M (FYE 2017)
Director of Philanthropy & Development, The William States Lee College of Engineering at UNC CharlotteSeptember 2007 - April 2015 | Charlotte, NC
• Responsible for providing fundraising counsel to College leadership and negotiating all gifts on behalf of the College • Designed the first college-specific capital special campaign and developed board leadership volunteers-exceeded the overall goal of $20M, two years ahead of schedule • Oversaw an exponential increase in current gifts to the College from a steady state average of under $1M to a high-mark of over $7.5M (excluding pledges and expectancies) • Independently secured the seven largest gift commitments in the 50-year history of the College, totaling more than $23M
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, ice cream, world travel, lifelong learning, and most of all my wife, and kids.