John W. Jensen, CFP®, is a Sharpe Group Senior Consultant and Senior Vice President based in Washington D.C. He has worked with more than 100 nonprofits to improve their planned giving performance. He regularly conducts Planned Giving Program Audits and Assessments, in addition to a wide range of gift planning consulting services. John works with a broad range of groups, but has a particular specialty with national, membership and direct mail based charities. He also has special expertise in estate planning, gift structuring, real estate, estate administration, insurance and special needs situations.
Prior to joining Sharpe Group, John served as vice president for development at both The Nature Conservancy and National Wildlife Federation. He served as the executive director of The Nature Conservancy’s Maine Chapter and the development director of the Maine Audubon Society. He was the founding chairman of Earth Share, served on the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Council board and served 4 years in the Maine House of Representatives.
He is a frequent speaker at local and national fundraising conferences and has served on the board of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) as well as the National Capital Gift Planning Council. John has also served as a columnist for The NonProfit Times and Planned Giving Mentor. He earned his BS from the University of Southern Maine and his CFP from the College of Financial Planning.