Ben Golding is Chief Operating Officer of Advancement Resources and managing partner of Mindseye Project Partners. Both organizations are operating entities of DiffStrat Companies, Inc which he co-owns with three other partners. Advancement Resources is widely recognized as the nation’s leading non-profit training firm for best practices in philanthropic engagement.
Through Advancement Resources, Ben has consulted with several national and international medical institutions on donor-centric development practices. A few of his recent partners include University of Washington, Dignity Health, Sutter Health, Northwestern University Medicine, MedStar Health System, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, UnityPoint Health, UCSF, John Muir Health System, University of British Columbia, and Sunnybrook Hospital (Toronto).
Ben has been honored to present donor-centric philanthropic best practices at several local and national associations and conventions, including Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, American Association of Medical Colleges – Group on Institutional Advancement, Blackbaud Executive Forum, Minnesota Planned Giving Association, and Advancement Northwest. He has served on the planning committee for the AHP Leading Forward 2016 conference and on the AHP Affiliate Task Force.
As managing partner of Mindseye, Ben leads the team operations and business development. Mindseye provides donor engagement services for local, national and international non-profits, with primary focus on capturing and celebrating donor stories through video. These inspiring stories are then shared through numerous channels, including recognition events, social media, donor walls, and other avenues.
Outside of work, Ben actively serves the United Way of East Central Iowa as a board member and co-chair of the leadership-giving group, Alexis de Tocqueville Society. He has partnered with United Way to bring the same donor-centric practices to the Eastern Iowa fundraising community. He also serves the Campaign Committee for the Iowa State University Alumni Association.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University. He and his wife Julie currently reside with their three children, Grant, Greyson, and Mackenzie in Cedar Rapids, IA.