The Philanthropy Primer

Philanthropy Thoughts is now The Philanthropy Primer

Several thought provoking articles during the past two weeks…

Not necessarily philanthropy related, but a good book “Made to Stick” first recommended to me by John Sebald of the Arizona Lutheran Academy, is reviewed at the website

The topic of a The Donor/Charity Contract is addressed in the magazine FundRaising Success.  This aspect of philanthropy will only increase in importance as Gen X and the Millennials look to have greater involvement/control of their giving and have higher expectations regarding communications.

Red Cross and Johnson & Johnson dispute trademarks as the nonprofit ventures into tapping the resource of related business income.  This has HUGE implications as for-profits move into the nonprofit territory for purely commercial interests ( i.e. Dove’s Self Esteem Fund).  Both sides are looking to capitalize on the benefits of the other side… the corporate side of this topic is further explored by the NonProfit Times.

The nonprofit sector is seeing important mergers in the data support fields.  First Convio purchased GetActive, now Blackbaud has purchased eTapestry.  Credit to Paul Roberts to bringing this to my attention days before the story hit the news.

Looking to start a “Women in Philanthropy” interest group within your nonprofit?  Future Leaders in Philanthropy (FLiP) asks if their approach to philanthropy is different from that of men and wonders if this will change the direction of philanthropy.

Thanks for your interest in advancing philanthropy.  Please let me know if you’d like to be removed from this periodic listserv.  If you come across any helpful sites or philanthropy related news feeds, please pass them along.  Thanks!

About Benjamin Mohler

Benjamin Mohler is Vice President of Institutional Advancement for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). In this role, he oversees the KCTCS Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement and the KCTCS Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs. With 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses, KCTCS is the Commonwealth’s largest postsecondary institution. He also serves as executive director of the KCTCS Foundation, Inc.

Mohler most recently served as assistant vice president for development at Eastern Kentucky University. His background also includes key advancement roles at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Cedarville University, and The University of Texas at Austin.

He earned a master’s degree in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Cedarville University. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has earned the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential. He currently serves on the ACFRE Board.

Mohler was named to Charlotte Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" in 2013 and the AFP Bluegrass Chapter honored him with their Exemplary Service Award in 2015.

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