Sandra Shirk McNeely

Sandra Shirk McNeely, MBA, CAE
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Sandra Shirk McNeely

Michael and Sandra McNeely founded the Abbey Group, Ltd. in Milwaukee in 1992.  Sandra Shirk McNeely’s 29 years of nonprofit management experience include senior management positions and service on various boards of directors.  As a result, she brings a unique perspective, with a strong focus planning, management and board development.  Sandra has led national and international membership associations in the sports/entertainment industries and as executive director of several social service organizations

As director of the Center for Family Business at Marquette University, Sandra consulted to family business owners.  These businesses ranged in size from 10 employees to over 1,000 employees with annual revenues ranging from $2,000,000 to over $100,000,000. Sandra continues to work with associations and closely held businesses in the areas of planning and succession.

Her coaching skills and ability to focus on developing a strategic plan with measurable goals and a plan for action have brought great results for her Abbey Group clients.  She has been involved with many of the development campaigns listed in the AG client section.

As Vice President of Abbey Group, Ltd., Sandra has worked with:

  • American Association of Fundraising Professionals, South Dakota Chapter
  • American Medical Association Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
  • Beloit Public Library, Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Black Hills State University Foundation, Spearfish, South Dakota
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Children’s Care Hospital and School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Crime Stoppers International Foundation, Arlington, Texas
  • Family Firm Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Freeport Health Network, Freeport, Illinois
  • Funeral Service Foundation, Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Lad Lake, Inc., Dousman, Wisconsin
  • National Shoe Retailers Association, Columbia, Maryland
  • Nebraska Humane Society, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Prairie Family Business Association, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Rapid City Public Library Foundation, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Saint Francis Mission, St. Francis, South Dakota
  • SHARP Literacy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • South Dakota Achieve, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • South Dakota Community Foundation, Pierre, South Dakota
  • South Dakota Cosmetology Commission, Pierre, South Dakota
  • South Dakota Hall of Fame, Chamberlain, South Dakota
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Family Business Forum, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Working Against Violence, Inc., Rapid City, South Dakota

Sandra currently serves as a chair of the Prairie Family Business Association Program Committee, Family Firm Institute board member, Association of Fundraising Professionals South Dakota Chapter board member and a member of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Business and Education Services Committee. She previously served as board chair for the Rapid City Public Library Board of Trustees, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills, Girl Scouts of Milwaukee Area, Counseling Center of Milwaukee, Skylight Music Theater of Milwaukee and is a past board member of TEMPO, a woman’s professional organization based in Milwaukee.