Charles Schultz is a California attorney who specializes in charitable giving and estate planning. He is President of Crescendo Interactive, Inc. and is the principal author of Crescendo Planned Giving Software and the GiftLegacy eMarketing System. In addition, he is editor for the GiftLaw.com charitable tax planning website, the GiftLaw Pro charitable tax service and also edits the weekly GiftLaw and GiftLegacy eNewsletters.
Charles writes, speaks and publishes extensively. He teaches over 50 planned giving seminars per year and is the creator of GiftCollege.com, an Internet education program for gift planners and professional advisors. Charles assists a select group of business owners/trustees of major charities in charitable estate planning. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan. He also is Chair of the Board of the Christian Foundation of the West.
As Crescendo's Senior Vice President, Kristen Schultz Jaarda specializes in online marketing and social media for planned gifts. She is responsible for client education, and consultation for Crescendo's web services. She is a nationally recognized speaker, conducts seminars nationwide and is a principal faculty member of GiftCollege.
Kristen serves as a board member for the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) and as a member of the ACGA Rates and State Regulations Committees, Editorial Advisory Board member for Planned Giving Today, Committee Member for the ABA Charitable Planning and Organizationís Group, past Legislative Chair and a board member for the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Los Angeles (PPP-LA), a member of the Ventura County Planned Giving Council and a committee member and volunteer for several local charities. She writes daily for CrescendoTweet and her planned giving blog http://www.plannedgivingblog.com.
Previously, Kristen served as Counsel to the Assistant Secretary of Education in Washington, D.C. and was Oversight Counsel to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. Prior to that, she worked in a public affairs law practice. Kristen graduated from UCLA School of Law where she was Law Review Editor. She completed her Tax LL.M. with honors at Loyola School of Law. Kristen is a member of the California State Bar, D.C. Bar and the Maryland State Bar.