Sharpe Seminars

For decades, the nation’s top major and planned gift professionals have relied on Sharpe seminars to build and manage successful programs. Need a virtual option? Learn more about the Sharpe Online Academy.



Gift Planning Essentials

Chicago, IL • March 29-30, 2022

Registration Fee:

  • $895 for the first registrant from an organization.
  • $795 for the additional team members from the same organization. Use code “GPEDISC0322” when registering.


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Overview

Who are prospects for larger gifts now and in the future? Why, what and when do donors give? How will the gift be arranged? An understanding of planned and major gifts is essential in today’s changing world of philanthropy, and this introductory seminar covers the basics every fundraiser needs to know. These two days provide a great overview of how carefully planned special gifts are becoming increasingly important for every charitable organization that counts on gift revenue to carry out its mission.

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for professionals who are seeking to gain a basic understanding of how to approach donors throughout their life cycle and how proper gift planning can lead to larger gifts now and in the future. Whether you are brand new to fundraising or are looking for a basic overview refresher, you will benefit from the discussion of the essential elements of fundraising. Board members and senior management would also benefit from this content.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll discover the keys to effective communication with donors; learn how to effectively serve those 65+, who are the key to success in fundraising over the next 20 years; and learn ways to relay the benefits of planned and blended gifts through broad-based communication efforts, individualized correspondence in various mediums and through the all-important personal visit.

Advanced Gift Planning: Major and Special Giving

Washington, DC • June 14-15, 2022
Nashville, TN • September 13-14, 2022

Registration Fee:

  • $895 for the first registrant from an organization.
  • $795 for the additional team members from the same organization. Use code “ADVDISC0622” when registering for June. Use code “ADVDISC0922” when registering for September.


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Overview

There is increased competition for gifts among a smaller universe of givers. Increasing success depends upon larger gifts now and in the future. This seminar takes a deep dive into the importance of larger special gifts and how they can combine to meet the donor’s needs. Some studies indicate that around 85% of gifts come from contributions over $1,000, yet many bequests and other large gifts are made by people who were not donors or did not have a significant donor history. The Silent Generation and Greatest Generation have been surpassed by the Baby Boomers. There are signs the Great Wealth Transfer has begun, so it is essential to understand how this “event” will play out over the next several decades. This seminar will help you understand the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for professionals who are responsible for an organization’s development and fundraising strategy and for those who are a “one-person department,” having responsibility for raising both major and planned gifts. Chief development officers, senior management leaders, board members and those tasked with raising planned gifts, major gifts or both will also benefit.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll learn practical ways to assist donors in making gifts that are most appropriate in light of their age, wealth and other factors, along with tactics to interpret a donor’s needs to determine which giving option is the best fit for a major gift or a planned gift. This seminar explains how carefully structured combinations of current and deferred gifts can help your organization reap benefits both now and in the future. Note that proposed and/or current tax law changes will be incorporated throughout the presentation.