Robert Sharpe, Jr. is chairman of The Sharpe Group and has over 30 years of nonprofit fund development experience. He has helped hundreds of leading nonprofit organizations and institutions in implementing their major gift and endowment efforts. Since joining The Sharpe Group in 1981, he has become one of the best-known gift planning experts in the country.
An honors graduate of Vanderbilt University and Cornell Law School, Robert formerly practiced law with a major firm specializing in income, gift, and estate taxation. Prior to his legal experience, he served as a development officer for a liberal arts college.
Robert has written numerous articles on a variety of gift planning topics. His remarks on charitable giving have been featured in leading publications and media including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,Newsweek, Forbes, Smart Money, CBS Market Watch, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Trusts & Estates, Kiplinger's, and other national media.
He is a frequent speaker at gatherings across the country including Planned Giving Councils in New York, Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles, the National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG) National Conference, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) National Conference, and the American Bankers Association Trust Asset Management Conference. Robert also currently serves on the Advisory Council on Methodology for Giving USA.