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Robert E. Wahlers, MS, CFRE

  • Vice President of Development, Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations (MHAF)

Robert E. Wahlers, MS, CFRE, is the Vice President of Development for Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations (MHAF) where he oversees gift planning, annual giving and the grants development programs. Since February of 2010, he has served as the leader for the gift planning program across the Meridian Health System and also had administrative functions as the Senior Director of Development & Gift Planning before being promoted to his current role in 2014. Robert holds a Master of Science degree in Human Development & Leadership with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Murray State University and a BA Degree in Psychology from Muhlenberg College.

Robert, who came to Meridian Health from Virtua where he was AVP for Major & Planned Giving, has spent the last 25 years of his career in non-profit fundraising with the Boy Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society, Virtua Foundation and now Meridian Health. He is also an Adjunct Professor on the faculty at Columbia University for their Masters of Science Program in Nonprofit Management where he teaches the Major Gifts, Annual Giving and Capital Campaigns courses.

Robert and Brian Sagrestano, JD, CFRE wrote their first book entitled "The Philanthropic Planning Companion: The Fundraiser's and Professional Advisor's Guide to Charitable Gift Planning" that was published by John Wiley & Sons and released in June, 2012. It was the winner of the 2013 AFP Skystone Partners Research Award as the best new fundraising book for that year. They have also written two new books "Getting Started in Charitable Gift Planning" and "Getting Started in Charitable Gift Planning – The Resource Book" published by Charity Channel and released in January, 2017.

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