Catholic Clients and Experience

Our firm and directors have extensive experience in Catholic fundraising.  Michael McNeely’s first professional campaign raised money for a Newman Center at the University of Iowa.  With a combined Catholic and national experience level of over 90 years for four Abbey Group directors, we have depth and breadth to make your campaign a success.

Diocese of Columbus, Ohio

  • Michael McNeely served as major gifts counsel for $10 million campaign for the Catholic high schools of Franklin County, Ohio
  • Over $10 million raised

Diocese of Davenport, Iowa

  • Michael McNeely worked with over 100 parish priests on the campaign for the Newman Center at Iowa State University and a special priests’ fund
  • Over $5 million raised

Diocese of Gary, Indiana

  • Abbey Group worked with Bishop Melczek on four annual appeals
  • Set-up Bishop’s major giving society, the Bishop’s Guild for annual individual gifts over $1,000
  • Exceeded the CSA (Catholic Services Appeal) each year – over $8 million total

Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana

  • Abbey Group assisted the diocese in the transition to a staff-driven appeal
  • Over $2 million raised for the “Fruitful Harvest” appeal

Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota

  • $10 million campaign begun December 2007

Apostleship of Prayer, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Doug Leonard, PhD, Abbey Group director, is the Director of Operations and Development for the Apostleship under the leadership of Reverend James Kubicki, SJ
  • Doug is currently reorganizing the Apostleship and initiating major gift fundraising

Holy Cross Sisters, Merrill, Wisconsin

  • Doug Leonard led a campaign for an assisted living facility owned by the Sisters
  • Over $1.3 million raised

Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City, South Dakota

  • Abbey Group conducted a feasibility study for a Newman Center at the School of Mines in Rapid City
  • Study indicated the possibility of raising in excess of $2 million
  • $1.25 million national campaign begun in January 2008

Sacred Heart Church, West Des Moines, Iowa

  • Michael McNeely served as campaign counsel for a parish center and school addition campaign
  • Over $1.5 million raised (over goal) for the largest parish in Des Moines

Santa Fe Communications, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Abbey Group provided direct mail and organizational consulting to Santa Fe Communications
  • Exceeded goal by improving the direct mail revenues from Santa Fe’s televised Catholic Mass in Los Angeles, California

St. Francis Mission, St. Francis, South Dakota

  • Abbey Group conducted development audit and feasibility studies in 2007
  • Major gifts counsel
  • Restructured direct mail program
  • Began email and website giving program
  • $10 million national campaign begun in 2008

St. Francis Mission, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota

  • Abbey Group directors Michael McNeely, Sandra McNeely and Douglas Leonard are working with Reverend John Hatcher, SJ on organizational management, a feasibility study and campaign for the mission
  • A ten-year plan for stable fundraising is underway

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Winterhaven, Florida

  • Michael McNeely served as campaign counsel for a new parish center
  • $850,000 raised from the parish family on a $800,000 goal