Brian M. Sagrestano, JD, CFRE, is an author, public speaker and thought leader in the gift planning world. As the President of Gift Planning Development, Brian provides gift planning services to a wide range of charitable clients from national organizations focused on high end gift plans to local charities seeking to start new gift planning programs. Brian is also a principal of Constellation Advancement, LLC, a full-service development consulting firm. Prior to starting GPD, he spent twelve years as a charitable gift planner, directing the gift planning programs for the University of Pennsylvania, Middleburg College, and Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations. 

Brian has co-authored three books with Robert E. Wahlers, CFRE, including the award-winning Philanthropic Planning Companion: The Fundraisers’ and Professional Advisors’ Guide to Charitable Gift Planning (Wiley 2012), Getting Started in Charitable Gift Planning, and the accompanying Resource Book (Charity Channel Press 2016). He has been a contributor to Planned Giving Today, Planned Giving Mentor, Advancing Philanthropy, and Planned Giving Tomorrow. He is a frequent speaker at professional fundraising conferences around the world.

An honors graduate of Cornell University and Notre Dame Law School, Brian lives with his wife and four children in New Hartford, New York, the scenic gateway to the Adirondack Mountains.