About Fifty Rock Consulting

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LANI STARKEY, JD LLM*

Lani Starkey is the founder and chief instructor at Fifty Rock Consulting.  A nationally-recognized philanthropic planning expert, he is an accomplished fundraiser, tax attorney, professor, former CPA*, presenter, and consultant.  As a popular and sought-after keynote and breakout session speaker, he 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.

Prior to University of Hawaii Foundation, Lani was a Vice President and Staff Attorney at Crescendo Interactive.  His responsibilities included teaching over 30 tax seminars each year, consulting with nonprofits and professional advisors nationwide, and researching and writing tax articles.  During his time there, Lani became a prolific estate and income tax advisor, a dynamic presenter, and a well-respected planned giving expert.

Lani earned his LL.M. in Tax from the University of Florida’s Graduate Tax Program, his J.D. cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law, and his B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas State University.  Worth noting, he passed the California Bar exam and all four parts of the CPA* exam on his first attempt.

Lani is a member of the State Bar of California, Hawaii Estate Planning Council, Hawaii Planned Giving Council, and National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.

 *Lani has an active attorney license (California) and inactive CPA license (Texas), but does not practice law or public accountancy in any manner. Further, Lani and Fifty Rock Consulting LLC never represent any clients or members of the public in a legal or accounting capacity.