Peter W. Ghiorsi, MBA, FAHP
Chairman & CEO
Peter Ghiorsi has devoted his entire career to the world of philanthropy. He has held senior management positions at Providence College and St. Vincent’s Medical Center of New York and, in 1989, he became a founding partner of Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc. (GSI). While leading GSI to national prominence, Peter pioneered disruptive and innovative fundraising techniques that dramatically altered the fundraising business, especially in capital campaigning. Primary among these is GSI’s proprietary methodology for projecting fundraising potential.
GSI has scaled dramatically under Peter’s leadership, having served more than 1,000 clients across all nonprofit sectors, guiding them in raising many billions of dollars. As healthcare organizations experienced the movement to merge and consolidate, Peter was at the forefront of developing management and organizational strategies to assist clients with positioning the foundation and fundraising enterprise within this ever-changing and challenging environment.
Peter’s leadership extends to volunteer service as well. He served as Board Chairman at the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and as Chairman of the AHP Foundation, and he served on the board of the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in New York City.
Raised in Braintree, MA, Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Providence College, along with an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He is an AHP Fellow and served as a faculty member in the Graduate School of Management of the New School University in New York City. Peter writes and lectures frequently on a wide range of interests in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. In recognition of his leadership and contributions to the field of philanthropy, he received AHP’s prestigious Harold J. “Si” Seymour Award.
Peter and his wife, Linda, live in Stuart, Florida. They have six children and six grandchildren. An avid sportsman, Peter enjoys scuba diving, cycling and woodworking. And he is a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox.