Bob Shafis

Robert Shafis

Robert Shafis has been a successful fundraiser, speaker and attorney for over 20 years.  After several years of law practice in Hammond, he began work in fundraising with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Foundation in St. Louis, where as Senior Vice President he and his staff raised over $100 million a year for various ministries.  He also was Director of Planned Gifts for the National Alzheimer’s Association, and Alexian Brothers Health System Foundation.  In his current role as Director of Major Gift Planning at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, he recently helped complete a successful campaign which raised over $200 million. 

Robert also speaks to many national and local groups about planned giving, estate planning, charitable tax issues, and the process of fundraising.  He teaches courses in major and planned giving at North Park University in Chicago, is licensed to practice law in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

 Robert graduated from Purdue Calumet in 1977, and then earned a law degree from Valparaiso School of Law in 1980. 

 Bob’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience: 
“Learning the art of critical thinking, in a class on Political Analysis, which emphasized reading political (and other) documents in a manner so as to glean the real biases and philosophies affecting the point of view of the writer?  This changed my perspective on looking at political, historical and even fictional writings, allowing me to see past what one was saying to see what one was really saying.”

Bob’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students: 
“Experience all that Purdue has to offer, learning what appeals to you and what doesn’t.  Then pursue the things you love.”