The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation is proud to introduce Charles T. Ball, Miami ’82, as the director of philanthropy for the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation.

As the director of philanthropy, Ball assumes a new part-time role as a major gifts officer and will assist individuals considering planned gifts to the Phi Kappa Tau during their lifetimes or through their estates.

“Throughout Charlie’s Phi Tau career, he has made a tremendous impact on our Fraternity,” said Tyler C. Wash, executive director of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. “We are excited that Charlie has rejoined the staff and we look forward to the great expertise he brings to our fundraising efforts.”

Ball has been a student of Phi Kappa Tau’s history and traditions since he joined Alpha Chapter at Miami University in 1982. For three years, he was a member of the Fraternity’s professional staff and is a former managing editor of the Laurel.

Since leaving the professional staff, Ball has been an active volunteer. Over the past 30+ years, he served on a variety of Boards of Governors and as the Hoosier Domain Director. Charlie has been involved with the Fraternity’s educational and leadership-development programs since he first facilitated IMPACT in 1984. Since that time, he has been a supporter of Phi Kappa Tau’s premier Men of Character Programs and has facilitated Leadership Academy, President Academy and Building Men of Character Retreats.

In 1996, Ball authored From Old Main to New Century, a book recording the history of Phi Kappa Tau. At the time he authored the book, the only other published history of the Fraternity was written in 1957 by Jack L. Anson, Colgate ’47. He currently serves as Phi Kappa Tau’s national historian.

Ball served on the Fraternity’s National Council for eleven years, including a two-year term as national president. During his tenure as national president, he worked closely with then-CEO Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89, and a large cadre of volunteers to develop a strategic plan for the Fraternity, which was the forerunner and foundation for Phi Kappa Tau’s current strategic plan, Phi Kappa Tau 2020.

Charlie has served two stints on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and was the co-chairman of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation’s capital campaign, Commitment to Character, alongside then-Foundation Chairman Jerry Carlton, Ohio ’58.  Recently, Ball served on the Development Committee, where he chaired the Planned Giving Subcommittee. He also served on the Joint Communications Committee which developed and recommended a new brand for the organization which included Phi Kappa Tau’s new logo and the new tagline of “Developing Men of Character into Men of Distinction.”

Professionally, Ball has spent his career focused on philanthropic fundraising. He is the owner/principle for Charles Ball Consulting where he assists individuals and families with charitable estate planning and has assisted more than 40 community foundation is three states in the areas of asset development, strategic grant making and organizational development. He was the president and CEO of the Wayne County (Indiana) Foundation for eight years during which the foundation increased its assets from $7.5-million to nearly $30-million and vastly expanded its grantmaking. He has also served a staff member and consultant for various nonprofit organizations, including the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Ball lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and can be reached at or (800) PKT-1906 ext. 272.