Mission Advancement

Today, more than ever, institutional advancement is key to the success of our members and clients. Christian Brothers Services provides a wide array of advancement offerings, coupled with creative techniques and applications, so that the mission and ministry of those we serve can flourish. Mission Advancement assists churches, parishes, dioceses, religious orders, sponsored ministries, educational, social service and environmental organizations in the areas of Fundraising, Communications, Organizational Development and Stewardship.

Mission Advancement provides workshops, seminars, conferences, etc. to enable our not-for-profit partners to inspire, train and develop staff, leadership and volunteers. Based on a client’s objective and audience, we create tailored materials and deliver a dynamic, engaging and entertaining program. Seminar topics include...

Mission Advancement is honored to serve both faith-based and secular not-for-profit organizations as follows.

Focus Areas

  • Annual Giving
  • Offertory Increase Programs
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Major Gifts
  • Gift Societies
  • Special Project Campaigns
  • Planning Studies
  • Grantsmanship
  • Direct Mail
  • Personal Solicitation
  • Donor Management
  • Development Plans
  • Development Audits

Organizational Development
Organizational Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Training
  • Board Development
  • Staff Coaching
  • Leadership Retreats
  • Mission/Vision Statements
  • Advancement Plans
  • Advancement Audits
  • Professional Development

  • Communication Audits
  • Focus Groups
  • Interviews
  • Speech Writing
  • Donor Recognition
  • Promotional Materials
  • Newsletters
  • E-Communication
  • Special Events

  • Stewardship Formation Days
  • Stewardship Retreats
  • Communications
  • Evaluation
  • Committee Facilitation
  • Policy Development
  • Ministry Festivals
  • Children/Youth Ministry
  • School/Religious Education
  • Events
  • Time/Talent/Treasure Commitment Programs
  • Outreach
  • Surveys

To see how we can advance YOUR mission, contact Mary J. Foley, Managing Director at 630.378.2454 or at MissionAdvancement@cbservices.org. 

The Birth of Mission Advancement (PDF)

Educational Webinars


“Working with Mary and Tina has always been a delight. Very few priests look forward to asking for money but when it is necessary, they supply the tools to make it not only an enjoyable experience but a successful one.  Why else would I have enlisted their services on three different occasions? I knew they would provide the guidance, enthusiasm and creativity needed for each undertaking. And they never give up. They truly make the process comfortable and tailor the approach to the special and distinctive characteristics of the Parish. If my next assignment requires yet another campaign, I know who I will be calling!”

Fr. Carl Morello
St. Giles Parish

“I volunteered to be on the Leadership Team for our Villa St. Benedict Great Room capital campaign as I felt that the Great Room was very much needed and that I had fundraising experience that would be of value.  I have been quite impressed with Tina Walker, our fundraising consultant from Mission Advancement. She is very professional, a hard-worker, knows how a campaign should be run and takes a personal interest in providing the necessary materials and guidance to make a campaign successful. After working with several different professional fundraisers in past campaigns in our parish in Texas, I found Tina’s ambassador training presentations and handouts to be the best I have witnessed. I was most impressed with the thoroughness of her training and how she makes the volunteers feel comfortable and more confident in calling on fellow residents to ask for their financial support. I highly recommend Mission Advancement, and Tina Walker particularly, to provide professional guidance to anyone considering a capital campaign.”

Paul Curtin
Villa St. Benedict