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606 Cathedral Drive

Rapid City, South Dakota 57701



When I was Bishop of Rapid City, a diocese of less than 30,000 Catholics, we faced the daunting task of raising $12.5 million to purchase and renovate property owned by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Martin Monastery. Our goal was to repurpose the site to serve as a new primary school and a diocesan center for retreats and special events.


We partnered with Abbey Group, who guided us through the entire fundraising process with skill and dedication. We built a positive relationships with major donors, but also unified the entire diocese with the positive result of far exceeding our original goal and building a reliable donor base for the future.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

1969 West Hart Road

Beloit, Wisconsin 53511


“...ideas and recommendations are strong, easy to follow and produce results."

I met Michael McNeely ten years ago when I was hired to work for Beloit Health System Foundation. Michael was the current campaign counsel for the expansion and renovation of our Emergency Center. Since 2004 Michael has partnered with Beloit Health System Foundation to be the lead campaign counsel for their fundraising endeavors.

In the ten years I have worked for the Foundation, we have held three capital campaigns. They include the renovation and expansion of the Emergency Center, a new building for the Beloit Cancer Center and the renovation and expansion for the creation of a Heart Hospital on the 4th floor of Beloit Hospital. The foundation hired the Abbey Group for each individual campaign and Michael McNeely was the lead campaign counsel. Each campaign met and exceeded the goal set by the Foundation Board. The guidance and direction of Michael McNeely helped make this possible. Our Foundation Board was very pleased with the results of each individual campaign. 

Michael is comfortable to work with. His ideas and recommendations are strong, easy to follow and produce results. He provides timelines, agendas, expectations of committee members and board members, recommendations and comprehensive training for all committee and board members. I found him to be highly creative and quick to respond to phone calls and emails. He was responsive when I needed feedback or had questions, and he was very accessible. His easy going, calm manner helped mitigate stressful capital campaign issues.

It is with great enthusiasm and respect that I highly recommend Michael McNeely with the Abbey Group.

Laura Herman

Executive Director, Beloit Health System


The Asthma & Allergy Center

401 East Coast Road #326

Papilion NE 68046


“I can attest that The Abbey Group, Ltd. and Mr. McNeely were excellent resources in obtaining our fundraising goals and will contribute greatly to the quality of your efforts.”

To Whom It May Concern:


I have been asked to provide a letter of reference regarding my association with The Abbey Group, Ltd. and Mr. Michael McNeely and I am pleased to do so.

I have known Mr. McNeely for six years. I first became acquainted with The Abbey Group, Ltd. and Mr. McNeely when I was involved in a five million dollar major gifts campaign for the Educational Research Trust of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and also in a twenty-five million dollar major gifts campaign for the American Lung Association. In both of these campaigns, I found Mr. McNeely to be thoughtful in his approach to fundraising and very helpful in teaching total novices how to fundraise. His group organized our membership and researched our prospects while maintaining confidentiality throughout. Not only was he there to assist us, but he was also there to remind us of our responsibilities. Mr. McNeely and his group were always very willing and supportive of our fundraising ideas. Both of these campaigns have now been successfully completed.

More recently, I have again had an opportunity to work with The Abbey Group, Ltd. and Mr. McNeely on an internal and external feasibility study with Alegent Health Hospital System in Omaha, Nebraska. I again found Mr. McNeely to demonstrate mature judgement and to be very capable and a pleasure to be around. Mr. McNeely was dependable, well organized and had excellent communication skills. He was able to discuss our campaign's objectives with the top leaders of our city and gain their cooperation. I believe The Abbey Group, Ltd. and Mr. McNeely were instrumental in the decision to continue this major fundraising campaign.

I can attest that The Abbey Group, Ltd. and Mr. McNeely were excellent resources in obtaining our fundraising goals and will contribute greatly to the quality of your efforts. I consider Mr. McNeely to be a highly motivated individual as demonstrated by his achievements with The Abbey Group, Ltd.

It is therefore without reservation that I recommend The Abbey Group, Ltd. and Mr. McNeely to you along with my highest recommendation.

If I can provide any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Linda B. Ford, MD, FAAAI, FACAAI, AE-C


Sandra, I don’t know what you did but THANK YOU! 


Everyone participated and everyone signed up to participate in something that we had going on.


I feel like we have a brand new board. You have no idea how much I appreciate everything you’ve done, thus far.


Having them fired up lit a new spark under me…something I’ve needed for a while.


Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Nicole Burdick

Executive Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills

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425 Kansas City St.

Rapid City, SD 57701

(605) 343-1488

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