Luncheon Series: "How Can Effective Stewardship Lead to the Next [BIG] Gift?"

When:  Jan 16, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM (ET)
Associated with  AFP, Western New York Chapter

Presenter Peter Lewis Gabak

This event is sold out. We will be unable to accommodate walk-in guests.

Peter Lewis Gabak, Director of Development for the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences

Special Location! Buffalo Museum of Science, Cummings Meeting Room - 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, 14211 | get directionsparking map

In this interactive seminar, Peter Lewis Gabak will help development professionals explore low-cost, high-impact ways to steward major gift donors that take them on a dynamic, personalized journey to deepen their passion for and philanthropic experience with your organization.

Drawing on his 30 years in non-profit leadership and using real-life stories from the trenches, Gabak will cover how he has successfully used the stewardship techniques and donor-centered approach presented in this workshop to grow gift size in an unusually short amount of time.

Gabak is going beyond “story-telling” here: digging into donor histories and offering empowering case studies that use authentic relationship-building techniques to excavate donor’s hidden passions. You’ll leave better understanding the psychological impact that philanthropy has on your donors.

Attendees of this session will learn:
  • What major donors really want from their charities of choice
  • Low-cost and high-impact ways to steward donors on a major gift pathway
  • How to be a better listener for your donors – to hear both what is spoken and unspoken
  • To focus less on the logo-branded tchotchkes and more on authentic relationship-building anchored in mutual respect, passion and a common bond
  • Donor stewardship strategies that you can take back to your home organization and implement the very next day!
This event is sold out. We will be unable to accommodate walk-in guests.  
Presenter, Peter Lewis Gabak
Presenter Peter Lewis Gabak has over 30 years in non-profit leadership roles in arts, human services and higher education in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, with a focus on philanthropic relationship management. Currently Director of Development for the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences (Buffalo Museum of Science and Tifft Nature Preserve), he oversees friend-and-fundraising for the Museum’s exhibitions and STEM educational outreach. Prior to the Science Museum, he was Director of Major Gifts at Buffalo State College. Gabak also conceptualized and taught the course, “Fundraising, Grant Writing & Marketing for Non-profit Culture” for close to a decade at Rochester Institute of Technology. As President & Principal of MUSE Consulting, Peter has worked with small to mid-sized organizations to provide counsel and lead capital and comprehensive campaigns with a combined goal of $356MM.


Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Cummings Meeting Room
Buffalo, NY 14211
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Kathryn Washburn Main, AFPWNY Chapter Manager