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.

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About Benjamin Mohler

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 Director of Philanthropy and Development for The William States Lee College of Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) and is responsible for designing and implementing the strategic development goals of the college and facilitating a culture of philanthropy. Before joining the advancement staff at UNC Charlotte, he worked for Cedarville University and the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and serves as the Vice President of Membership for the Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Mohler serves AFP at an international level as a longstanding member of the AFP International Development Committee and is on the Publishing Advisory Committee for the AFP Fund Development Series of John Wiley & Sons.

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