Robert F. Sharpe, Jr.

F. Sharpe, Jr.

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 JournalThe New York Times,NewsweekForbesSmart MoneyCBS Market WatchThe Chronicle of PhilanthropyTrusts & EstatesKiplinger'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.

Making Gifts Sooner Than Later … Accelerating Charitable Bequests
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. implores planners to focus on the non-tax motivations that have always been at the heart of philanthropic planning
On the Upswing 
According to Robert F. Sharpe, Jr., after a number of challenging years following the onset of the Great Recession, giving in 2014 may have returned to levels not seen since 2007
A Bright Outlook For Charitable Giving?
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. offers his opinion on the immediate future of charitable giving
Timing Inheritances While Meeting Philanthropic Goals
The desire to control the amount and timing of inheritances combined with philanthropic goals may offer opportunities and solutions that aren’t readily apparent to many wealthy individuals
A Resurgence in Charitable Trusts?
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. offers some lessons learned from the golden age of charitable trusts
Camp Proposal and Charitable Giving
Rep. David Camp's proposed tax reform would have a profound impact on charitable giving. Robert F. Sharpe, Jr., president of non-profit consultancy The Sharpe Group, explains how.
Maximizing Philanthropy Through Time-Tested Tax Incentives 
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. espouses some classic estate planning techniques that haven't gone out of style
The Virtual Endowment 
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. explores this alternative giving technique
Planning in an Estate-Tax-Free Environment 
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. stresses that philanthropic planning strategies are still relevant, in spite of the reduced threat of estate tax
Charitable Trusts Offer Opportunities For Younger Donors 
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. comments that charitable trusts can benefit younger donors, as well as older ones
Reports May Indicate Beginning Of “Baby Boom” in Charitable Trusts 
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. predicts an increase in charitable trusts as baby boomers age
Complex Challenges Require Creative Solutions 
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. takes a look ahead at the challenges facing philanthropic planners in the coming year
The Philanthropic Impact of ATRA 
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. addresses the philanthropic impact of the ATRA.
Giving in Today’s Economic Environment 
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. examines reports on the current giving environment
Year-End Planning in 2012 
Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. describes some certanties your clients can take advantage of before year-end.
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