Sharpe Speakers Bureau

Since 1963, Sharpe Group has been a leader in the field of gift planning. In addition to our popular seminar series, our experts speak to groups of all sizes and at national and local professional conferences such as the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning (NCPP), National Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) and the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA).

Sharpe speakers have decades of training experience and can help you implement current trends in gift planning, learn how to initiate and structure blended gifts, manage planned giving programs, create effective gift planning marketing and address the specific issues facing your charitable organization or institution through in-house presentations tailored to fit your particular needs.In addition to well-known speaker Robert F. Sharpe, Jr., Chairman of Sharpe Group, our Speakers Bureau also features the following experts. To request a Sharpe speaker, please contact us at or 901-680-5300.

Aviva Boedecker

Aviva Shiff Boedecker
Senior Consultant

Aviva Shiff Boedecker has directed and consulted for the nonprofit community for more than 30 years. Her experience as director of planned giving at the University of California, Berkeley and the Marin Community Foundation, as well as her initiative in starting San Francisco Ballet’s planned giving program, has served local and national fundraisers well.

She has also worked on Planned Giving Today’s Editorial Advisory Board and will be speaking at the Association of Fundraising Professionals national conference in 2017.

Her lecture topics include marketing dos and don’ts, managing a planned giving program, legacy planning and what to do with gifts: the good, the interesting and the illiquid. She has lectures specially designed for boards and for groups with professional advisors.

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Barlow T. Mann
Chief Operations Officer, EVP

Barlow T. Mann has contributed extensively to the planned giving community, on both the local and national level, for more than 30 years. Previous audiences include the AHP Madison Institute, National Planned Giving Institute, Association of Fundraising Professionals, NCPP, ACGA, NCDC, AHA and other local organizations.

His topic list includes taxes and giving, ABC’s of planned giving, discovering America’s most generous givers and trends in giving. He possesses a combination of legal, technical and creative skills that can be applied to meet the specific needs of each client.

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Joe Chickey

Joe Chickey
Managing Consultant, SVP

Joe Chickey has worked for 30 years in the charitable arena for nonprofits and for-profits, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Rush Presbyterian Medical Center and as a gift planner for the University of Illinois. Joe oversaw the Charitable Services Group for Regions Bank Middle Tennessee Division, serving philanthropic individuals, family foundations and public charities. He recently completed his term on the national board for the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (formerly PPP).

His lecture topics include current trends and strategies, marketing dos and don’ts and ethics in unique situations. His engaging speaking style creates upbeat and helpful peer interactions, especially when speaking on ethical issues in fundraising.

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John W. Jensen
Senior Consultant, SVP

John W. Jensen, Certified Financial Planner®, is based in Washington D.C. and has consulted with many nonprofits to improve their planned giving performance. John previously served as development vice president at both The Nature Conservancy and National Wildlife Federation. John speaks frequently for local and national fundraising conferences and has served on the board of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (formerly PPP). John has also served as a columnist for The NonProfit Times and Planned Giving Mentor.

His lecture topics include identifying planned giving donors, audits, program development, and integrating major gifts with ultimate gifts. Specific presentations address working with upper management, developing programs that lack a built-in constituency, and working with seniors.

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Lewis von Herrmann
Senior Consultant

Lewis von Herrmann is a Certified Financial Planner® and a Certified Fund Raising Executive® based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has more than 40 years of experience in charitable fundraising, primarily with faith-based organizations and educational institutions including Cru, The Christian and Missionary Alliance, American Bible Society and The Mission Society. He has held key leadership positions in major and planned giving programs, and he has been a frequent speaker throughout the Southeast, working to foster positive change in communities all over the world.

Lewis specializes in major and planned giving programs and has met privately with over 2,000 individual families to discuss their planning needs.

His presentations address how to gain foundation grants, build a planned giving program and develop major gifts. He also speaks on hiring and managing PG field staff, creating gift acceptance policies and using estate planning seminars with your donors.

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