Luncheon – “Building Relationships & Stewarding Donors” presented by Stephen M. Jakab, CFRE, President Bridgeport Hospital Foundation; sponsored by Danosky & Associates

Engaging donors requires the help of the entire organization, not just the development office.  Many gifts come as a result of the direct impact of programs and services provided by your organization to the donor or their family.  It is important to engage every person in your organization in work of the fundraising department.   Steve will present on ways to build key relationships throughout the organization and how to engage those relationships with the stewardship of donors.

About Our Speaker

Stephen M. Jakab, CFRE, is president of the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation in Bridgeport, CT.  He is also a member of the leadership team of the Yale New Haven Health System, Connecticut’s leading healthcare system, which provides comprehensive, cost-effective, advanced medical care characterized by safety, quality and service.

Last year, donors gave $8.8 million to the Foundation in support of Bridgeport Hospital’s broad spectrum of patient care, research, medical education and community service programs.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2000, Steve served as vice president for development at Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers, also in Bridgeport.  From 1994 to 1999, he was director of development at Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, CT.  In 19 years in the fundraising profession Steve has guided these organizations to more than $80 million in charitable giving. In 2003, the Fairfield County and Connecticut Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) named Steve as Outstanding Professional Fundraiser in Connecticut.

Steve has earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential and is a member of several volunteer and professional organizations, including AFP and the Rotary Club of Trumbull, CT.  He is also serves on the board of the Cooperative Educational Services Foundation, also in Trumbull.

Steve is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. He currently resides in Trumbull with his wife Tina and their two children.