Connecting Through Mobile Messaging

Posted April 21st, 2022

Work and personal preferences are changing. These days we expect instant access and information to our interests and hobbies–from exercise tips and sports scores to social causes and work being done by our favorite nonprofits. Our means of communication has evolved from face-to-face meetings and phone calls on a landline into Zoom chats and ordering …Read More

Unpleasant Surprise From Proposed Regulation for Non-Spousal Beneficiaries

Posted April 11th, 2022

The SECURE Act requires most non-spousal beneficiaries to draw down an inherited Roth or traditional IRA over a 10-year period without requiring a distribution during the first nine years after the death of the original owner.1 Certain “eligible designated beneficiaries,” such as a surviving spouse, disabled or chronically ill beneficiaries or a minor, are exempted …Read More

Who Really Wants To Be Average? “Mean”ingful Metrics

Posted April 4th, 2022

Often, Sharpe consultants are asked about various gift metrics, such as the average size of a major gift or bequest. Over the years, we have responded that the answer depends on many factors, including the age of the charitable organization and number of donors or members, as well as the donors’ ages, wealth and other …Read More

“If It Sounds Too Good To Be True … ”

Posted March 23rd, 2022

You open up your iPhone and note an email from one of your supporters. He or she asks: “Is this advertisement legitimate?” The ad reads: Capital Gains Tax Eliminated CAPITAL GAINS tax legally eliminated on the Sale of Real Estate, Stocks, C-Corporations, S-Corporations, Livestock, Family Businesses and even if selling to family members without having …Read More

A Boom in Real Estate Fortunes

Posted March 16th, 2022

From Twitter to Instagram to TikTok, the web is exploding with regular people who have found ways to create fortunes in real estate. Whether by “flipping” houses utilizing the BRRR Method (Buy, Renovate, Refinance, Reinvest), creative financing or just adding one rental property, the past 10 years have provided a wealth-building opportunity for regular people to …Read More

“I Thought This Would Be a Simple Way To Give”

Posted March 7th, 2022

Your organization has been named a payable on death beneficiary of an investment account valued at more than $1.2 million. Your supporter assures the chief development officer this arrangement will be a probate-free way to support the organization. What might possibly delay receipt of the gift? It turns out, a lot!! The recently decided case …Read More

The “Five P’s” of Estate Planning

Posted February 28th, 2022

Though most people understand it’s important to ensure their long-term affairs are in order, many of your donors may not be sure where to start. Here are a few tips to share to ensure your donors’ plans reflect their wishes. Suggest the donor carefully consider their estate using the “Five P’s” of estate planning. People: Loved …Read More

The Challenge of Success

Posted February 21st, 2022

Philanthropically minded donors have the highest giving capacity and can stress test the adequacy of an institution’s gift acceptance policies. While any institution would be thrilled to have donors of vast resources to achieve a charitable mission, there are complications. Last July, Jeff Bezos committed $200 million for the support of various programs and capital …Read More

Gift Annuity Program: To Start or Not To Start?

Posted February 11th, 2022

What factors must be considered before starting an in-house gift annuity program? Consider these guidelines: State regulations for gift annuities vary drastically, so first, review your state’s requirements. Several states, particularly New York and California, have strict regulations to qualify for a program and have ongoing requirements that involve reserves, reporting and compliance. Be certain …Read More

Remembering Robert F. Sharpe Jr.

Posted February 9th, 2022

In addition to being a long-time colleague, Barlow Mann was a lifelong friend and a classmate of Robert F. Sharpe Jr. He shares a few heartfelt thoughts about Robert’s contribution to his family and community. Every individual is unique and has their own special way of sharing their time, talent and treasure. Some individuals use …Read More