About Usrobert sheldon and amada ferrari

J. Robert Sheldon, JD

Robert is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Ferrari Philanthropic Consultants specializing in executive coaching, project management, planned giving, charitable estate and gift planning, endowment campaigns, capital campaigns, feasibility studies, management and leadership development, and strategic planning for key charitable and philanthropic organizations in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, California. He has managed strategic planning and marketing efforts that include fundraising, business planning, donor database projects, and business process design. Robert has extensive industry experience providing professional consulting services in Fortune 500 companies along with nonprofit organizations such as the Arts, Child Abuse Prevention, Education, Science and Community Foundations.

Prior to co-founding Ferrari Philanthropic Consultants, Robert held Senior Management positions with KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Southern California Edison. Robert has been an actively involved in the charitable community with organizations that include the Planned Giving Round Table of Orange County, the Orange Coast Estate Planning Council, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Human Options - Men's Board, Junior Achievement, The Orange County Performing Arts Center, and Working Wardrobes for A New Start. Robert is also a past member of Rotary International.

Amanda J. Ferrari, JD, CFRE

Amanda is the President and CEO of Ferrari Philanthropic Consultants with over 23 years experience specializing in fundraising, major and planned giving, charitable estate and gift planning, endowment campaigns, capital campaigns, board leadership development, and strategic planning. She has provided estate, trust and gift planning leadership as well as tax counsel to high net-worth donors. She has extensive experience in providing leadership, coaching, and consultative services to key charitable and philanthropic organizations in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in California. Prior to co-founding Ferrari Philanthropic Consultants, Amanda was the Vice President for Northern Trust in Newport Beach, California.

She has had leadership roles with charitable organizations that include: The Orange County Performing Arts Center, Hoag Memorial Hospital, and the American Heart Association. Amanda also served with the United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service.

Amanda holds degrees from the University of California, Riverside and UCLA, and her Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law. She has been an adjunct professor at California State University, Long Beach with the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies and also at the University of California, Irvine extension program. Amanda was named the 1997 AFP Outstanding Fundraising Executive for Orange County.

She currently serves and has served on numerous professional boards and committees that include the Planned Giving Leadership Committee at UCI, the Planned Giving Executive Committee of Olive Crest, the Professional Advisory Committee for the Orange County Community Foundation and the Planned Giving Leadership Committee at Orange County's Pacific Symphony. She is the Past President of the Planned Giving Round Table and the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Orange County. Amanda served on the 2002 Masters Forum Committee for National Committee on Planned Giving. She has served on the Board of Directors of Human Options and the Get A Grip Foundation. She is also a member of the Orange Coast Estate Planning Council.

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