The Abbey Group provides a full range of development services to our nonprofit clients.  Whether your mission is health care, education, or social services, we can help you achieve your fundraising and development potential on behalf of your charitable vision.

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Michael McNeely, CFRE, Abbey Group President and CEO founded the company in Milwaukee in 1992.  A graduate of Marquette University, Michael has served as a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-Milwaukee), Institute for Entrepreneurship, and the Old World Wisconsin Foundation.  He currently serves under the leadership of George Dionisopoulos, senior partner and estate planning expert at Foley & Lardner, Milwaukee, for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Planned Giving Committee.  At the senior level, Sandra Shirk McNeely, MBA, CAE, Vice President and Douglas Leonard, Ph.D., Senior Director, join Michael in the firm.


The Abbey Group senior staff has more than seventy-five years’ combined experience in fund development, campaign counsel, nonprofit management, and board service.  We draw on this varied experience to provide discreet professional services to our clients, including the following:

  • Development Audits
  • Research
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Focus Groups and Forums
  • Campaigns
  • Foundation Management
  • Major Gift Fundraising
  • Board/Executive Development
  • Planned Giving Campaigns
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Direct Mail Appeals
  • Communication Services
  • Internet/E-mail Campaigns
  • Strategic Planning


These are just a few of our clients:

  • American College of Physicians
  • Lad Lake, Inc.
  • American Medical Association Foundation
  • Marquette University
  • American Lung Association
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Beloit Memorial Hospital & Foundation
  • Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club
  • Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theater
  • Counseling Center of Milwaukee
  • Old World Wisconsin Foundation
  • Diocese of Rapid City
  • UWM (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Girl Scouts of Milwaukee Area, Inc.
  • YMCA of Rapid City