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The Power of Blended Gifts

Lani Starkey, JD, LLM, CPA

  • Principal, Fifty Rock Consulting LLC

Lani Starkey, JD, LLM, CPA, is a principal at Fifty Rock Consulting LLC. A nationally-recognized philanthropic planning expert, he is an accomplished fundraiser, tax attorney, professor, accountant, presenter, and consultant. As a popular and sought-after trainer and keynote/breakout session speaker, Lani frequently presents at conferences and meetings across the country on innovative fundraising strategies as well as traditional development best practices. Lani is also an Adjunct Professor at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he - since the 2008-09 academic year - teaches a course in tax and estate planning to graduate and undergraduate business students. During his career, Lani has advised CEOs, business owners, doctors, judges, university presidents, professors, librarians, deans, scientists, lawyers, accountants, investors, K-12 educators, financial planners, celebrities, homemakers, widows/widowers, and many more.

Previously, Lani was Associate Vice President at University of Hawaii Foundation where he led the Principal Gifts and Estate and Gift Planning departments. In his Foundation role, he was a lead gift strategist and regularly partnered with a large team of development staff and professional advisors to achieve innovative, high-impact, donor-focused solutions. During his tenure at the Foundation, Lani directly helped raise over $150,000,000, which notably made him the most productive fundraiser in the Foundation's history. In addition, he also led a fundraising department that raised another $50,000,000. This $200,000,000 of gift production represented approximately 20% of the total amount raised by the Foundation over the past 30 years.