The 4 Stages of Nonprofit Leadership (Ben Mohler)

March 2021

Where do you fall within the different stages of nonprofit leadership? Our guest in episode #92 of the Path Podcast offers a fascinating view of career development in the charitable sector by breaking it into four distinct stages. Ben Mohler brings extensive experience in higher education leadership as well as his distinction as an ACFRE within the fundraising community. We had a great discussion about the different stages of nonprofit professional development including Learning, Doing, Growing and Re-Investing. Great ideas and take-aways no matter where you are on the Path, and advice you can apply yourself as well as help those on your team build their plan too.


"How can you go beyond simply doing the job to having an even greater dimension to the work you're doing?"


Ben is the 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 the KCTCS Office of Grants Administration. 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. He is a fundraising expert including specialties in board development, strategic planning, and career coaching and supports nonprofits through his consulting practice GivingThree. Mohler most recently served as assistant vice president for development at Eastern Kentucky University. His background also includes key advancement roles at UNC 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 Fundraising 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. He currently serves as a member of the board for the United Way of Kentucky. He and his wife Christina make their home in Kentucky's bluegrass region with their four children, Etta, Clark, Eliza, and Della. His personal interests include spending quality time with family, painting, printmaking, home-brewing, and music.