Lewis von Herrmann is a senior consultant with the Sharpe Group. Based in Atlanta, he is a Certified Financial Planner® and a Certified Fund Raising Executive® with more than 40 years of experience. He has worked 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. von Herrmann specializes in major and planned giving programs and has met privately with more than 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. von Herrmann also speaks on hiring and managing planned giving field staff, creating gift acceptance policies, and using estate planning seminars with your donors. He has an MBA from Auburn University and is a Distinguished Toastmaster.