Founding Partner & President
Dan co-founded GSI in 1989 along with his longtime colleague and friend, Peter Ghiorsi. He has dedicated his entire career to helping nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes achieve their fundraising goals and objectives.
Today, Dan is among the most respected philanthropy consultants in the country. Skilled, resourceful, and tenacious, Dan has close to 40 years of experience and has led numerous capital and comprehensive campaigns for a wide range of GSI clients with goals of a couple of million to a billion dollars plus. His deft management of GSI has resulted in an enormously successful firm now in its fourth decade.
Dan’s specific expertise is in campaign planning and organization, along with major gift strategy and approaches. He has worked closely with GSI’s executives and clients in developing approach strategies for securing substantial and transformational gifts.
Prior to starting GSI, Dan worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York, serving as Director of Marketing, Director of Public and Community Relations, and Assistant Director of Development. He was actively engaged in St. Vincent’s multi-million-dollar capital and endowment campaigns and annual fundraising programs that collectively raised over $100 million.
Before his tenure at St. Vincent’s, Dan co-founded and served as the Director of the Office of Public Information at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, N.J., where his responsibilities encompassed communications and public relations, admissions, marketing, alumni relations and development.
Dan has been a careerlong member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), for which he has held various volunteer leadership roles. He currently serves on AHP’s Affiliate Member Advisory Council and formerly was the AHP Board National Chairman of Public Affairs. His volunteer board service also includes The Caring Community in New York City, St. Peter’s Preparatory School, and the Craig School in Mountain Lakes, N.J. Dan is Chairman of both the St. Peter’s and Craig School Board Advancement Committees.
A graduate of Fordham University, Dan has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Management of the New School University in New York City. He has published articles in industry trade publications and regularly serves as a featured speaker and faculty member at professional association conferences, seminars and meetings.
Dan and his wife, Mary, have been married for 36 years. They live in Wyckoff, NJ, and have two adult children: Robert, who is an executive with GSI, and Alyssa. Dan enjoys spending time with his family, vacationing at the Jersey Shore, and boating.