Mission Advancement

During the COVID circumstances in which we find ourselves, we send our prayers that you and yours and those you serve are safe and well.  Mission Advancement has developed a series of tools to enable our members and clients to meet the challenges of the day, particularly as they relate to ongoing support and engagement from your stakeholders.  Please make use of these free resources, review our other publications and webinars, or contact us at 630.378.2454 or MissionAdvancement@cbservices.org. 

> Countdown for 2020 Giving Despite the Shadow of COVID
> COVID Strong -

> Fundraising and Communications in the Age of COVID - Webinar
> 2020 Enhancing Offertory Giving During COVID-19 - Webinar
> COVID-19: The Effect of New Government Programs on Catholic Organizations - Webinar
> CBS COVID Resources Page

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
  • Executive Search

  • 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. 

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"Thank you for your tremendous support over the last year plus. Your inspiration of our Board and vision of our campaign provided new life, energy and commitment. Our team has also learned so much and grown in their fundraising skills from your knowledge and experience. I am so grateful for the many lessons you have taught us about inviting our retreatants into our mission and opening all of our hearts to the joy of generosity. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!"

Erin Maiorca, Executive Director
Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House

“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 just wanted to thank you both for presenting to AFP Chicago last Friday. Everyone was very engaged in the conversation and I believe they walked away with some good, useable information.Also, thank you for staying after to speak with our Fellows. This was their first meeting of the year so I know they are just getting warmed up, but it is very valuable to be able to expand on the discussion.
As always, we appreciate all that you do for AFP Chicago and we hope you will continue to be involved."

Gail Brooks
AFP Chicago Chapter