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Partners in Mission
124 Sycamore Drive
Westwood, MA 02090


"St. Agnes Academy has worked with Larry Furey since 1999 in all areas of our advancement program but especially with our Annual Fund and most recently our Major Giving Campaign.  From the initial visit in August 2003, when Larry first segmented our database and taught us the science behind running an annual fund, our annual fund has grown from $400,000 to over a million dollars.

Throughout the years, Larry’s hands on approach has taught members of  our team to learn the procedures necessary to run an effective advancement program. This past year he has guided us through transitioning from a capital campaign to a major gifts campaign in a difficult economic environment.  He is always available either by phone or email and he always creates detailed follow up reports that guide us until his next visit.  His professional advice has guided me personally through my tenure at SAA and I look forward to continue working with Larry and Partners in Mission in the months and years ahead."

Elaine Henderson Eichelberger
Director of Advancement
Saint Agnes Academy
Houston, Texas



"Larry Furey has changed our world at Bishop Shanahan High School.  In the summer of 2003, our President Sr. Regina Plunkett attended an Advancement Workshop in Boston and recognized the experience Larry could bring to our Advancement program.  I was a “new, very green Development Director” who didn’t know how to make money and thought cutting expenses would make a difference.  Needless to say, I was wrong.  Larry came on board as our consultant and within a few months our ideas about “Advancing our Mission through Philanthropy” radically changed. 

The science of Advancement is something that Larry can talk about morning, noon and night.  His passion for Catholic Education ignites a fire in all he meets.  Changing our thought process was a journey that Larry guided us through from programming to asking to thanking!  Our Shanahan Fund has quadrupled in size and our capital campaign was a huge success thanks to his leadership.  Words cannot express how grateful we are here at Shanahan for his expertise, guidance and friendship.  He is a gift which will continue to grace Bishop Shanahan for generations to come!"

Maureen Morin
Director of Advancement
Bishop Shanahan High School
Downington, Pennsylvania  


"Larry Furey has been a true asset to me at Catholic Memorial School (7-12) during my four years there, and at Northwest Catholic High School these past 2.5 years.  Larry brings a level of professionalism and institutional knowledge to the Catholic school advancement program (i.e. fundraising, fun-raising, stewardship, and enrollment/recruitment strategies) that is irreplaceable in the marketplace.  Larry and the Partners In Mission team adds value to our entire mission-driven advancement efforts, and I recommend Larry and his team to others who are looking for sterling professionalism at an affordable cost."

Matthew Fitzsimons
Northwest Catholic High School
West Hartford, Connecticut


"I have had the privilege of working with Larry for over five years.  Five years ago, Cathedral Prep was facing the challenges that many Catholic schools face - declining enrollment and stagnant fundraising.  It was clear that we had to do something different or face even more serious challenges.  Our Advancement team began working with Larry and after implementing his recommendations and strategies, positive things began to happen almost immediately.  For example, segmenting our database and employing new approaches in our fundraising techniques have resulted in our Annual Fund increasing over fourfold in just five years - far exceeding even our wildest dreams.

 The best part of all this is that Larry and his Partners in Mission helped us remain ever more true to our mission while garnering results that are repeatable and sustainable.  Now we face our challenges confidently and are poised to be strong well into the future.  We recently completed a successful capital campaign and are embarking on another.  We would not have had the ability or confidence to do this without Larry's help.  Larry and his Partners in Mission understand Catholic schools, our common mission, and the many challenges we all face.  He also knows the science behind fundraising and how to implement those fundraising principles successfully in a Catholic school environment.  Larry and his team have walked with us every step of the way and we have seen firsthand the very positive results that their mission-based strategies have produced."

Fr. Scott W. Jabo
Cathedral Preparatory School
Erie, Pennsylvania

"Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School has provided a quality Catholic education steeped in Franciscan values to young men from the city of Buffalo and surrounding Southtowns for over sixty years. In a community that has changed dramatically over the years, Timon has been committed to adapting to change.

The most recent adaptation was the reorientation of our approach to fund development, enrollment and messaging our Mission. We have worked closely with Larry Furey and Chris Hagerty for nearly three years to facilitate this evolution in our implementation of our Mission.

Partners In Mission demonstrates personal and professional commitment to Catholic education. Larry Furey and his associates draw upon years of training and experience to provide partner schools with the skills and practices to fulfill their unique mission.

I am honored to share the ministry of Catholic education with Partners In Mission and look forward to our collaboration in the future."

Kevin P. McLaughlin
Director, Office of Advancement
Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School
Buffalo, New York



“I have known Larry Furey and members of the Partners in Mission team professionally for over ten years. I have always admired their commitment to the mission of Catholic education, energy, organization and ideas.   Their practical, systematic approach to advancement-coupled with their willingness to roll up their sleeves is refreshing and appreciated.  Their theories are superb and their willingness to join you in “getting things done” is even better.  Most of us in Catholic elementary and secondary education do not have the luxury of large development staffs.  If this is your situation I highly recommend Larry Furey and his Partners in Mission team."

Michael Welch
St. John’s High School
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

"Our initial contact with Partners in Mission was about eight years ago when our school president, one of my assistants, and I attended the Conference of a Lifetime in Boston.  We benefited very much from the program and were very impressed with its professionalism, but even more so were we impressed with the great service that this organization was providing to Catholic education in the United States.  It had something to offer to institutions that were beginners in the field of advancement as well as to others that already had highly developed programs.

A year or so later, when we decided to undertake a capital campaign to finance an ambitious building project, Partners in Mission was one of the organizations that we considered.  We eventually selected them for a very specific reason.  We were not interested in engaging a firm that would come in and do all of the work for us; we had already had an experience like that in a previous campaign, and then found ourselves somewhat unprepared to take over when their in-house period was completed.  Partners in Mission promised to train our own staff to do the work of the campaign, so that as their involvement eventually lessened, we were easily able to continue the process ourselves.  With their advice, encouragement, and prompting, we were able to develop an approach to our clientele that has enabled us to conduct a very successful capital campaign.

At the same time Partners in Mission has helped us to bring the work of our own advancement office to a new level.  In the process, we have begun a new program of planned giving that we are confident will reap future benefits for Chaminade High School."

Bro. Richard Hartz, S.M.
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Chaminade High School
Mineola, New York


"Three years ago, Bishop Feehan decided to conduct a capital campaign. Because of my familiarity with Larry Furey and his staff. I was leaning toward selecting Partners in Mission   However, I thought that I should do some comparative shopping before I made the final decision. 

After two months of interviews with major firms from Boston and New York, I discovered what I already knew.  Partners in Mission offered was the best fit for Feehan. They offered personalized service, greater accessibility and a strong commitment to working with Catholic schools.

As we near the 2/3 rd’s mark of our $4.5 million dollar campaign, I can say with certainty, that hiring Larry and Partners in Mission was one of the best decisions that we made."

Christopher E. Servant
Bishop Feehan High School
Attleboro, Massachusetts


"Like many other Catholic schools, we believed that hard work would bring us the results we wanted and needed in our Advancement Office.  After attending a conference with Larry and his talented group of dedicated professionals, we realized that “if always do what you’ve always done; you will always get what you’ve always gotten.”  Partners in Mission’s commitment to Catholic education showed us that we could succeed in every aspect of Advancement.  From the segmentation of the Annual Fund to the revamping of our publications, Partners in Mission has been with us every step of the way.

Being a young school, compared to other Diocesan high schools, we needed a way to attract our alumni and help educate them on the importance of charitable giving.  This has been a true partnership, with Partners in Mission listening to us about our demographics and constituency and working with us to further our program.  The baby-steps have paid off and we are thrilled with the results.  We are still working hard, but now we are working smart---and that has made the difference.  The Administration at Paul VI Catholic High School is looking forward to many more conferences in the future and our continued relationship with Partners in Mission."

Virginia D. Colwell
Paul VI Catholic High School
Fairfax, Virginia



“When I first met Larry Furey, I was a newly hired advancement director at Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City, OK.  I had a background in coaching and teaching, but I did not understand how to put together a solid game plan to advance the mission of our school.  Through Larry’s mentorship and guidance, our advancement team became equipped with a strategic game plan that was simple to execute.  Larry and his associates helped walk us through a simple plan that helped us build relationships, communicate our message to target audiences, work with volunteers, and properly steward gifts.  Following Larry’s strategic game plan, we were able to build partnerships that led to major gifts and re-establish our school’s annual fund.  Last year was a ground breaking year in our advancement program and by continuing our partnership with Larry and his associates at Partners in Mission we expect to raise the bar as we continue to advance the mission of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School.”

Chris Stiles
Director of Advancement
Mount St. Mary Catholic High School
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 


“As I reported to our Board of Directors last quarter, Partners in Mission is the reason for the success of our advancement program.  Partners in Mission has advised us not just on fundraising efforts, but also on personnel changes, management issues and the cultivation of alumni and friends.  Their expertise in, and dedication to, Catholic education gives them a unique vantage point from which to counsel their clients.

Their advice makes our program work.  Partners in Mission truly believes in the mission of our school and strategizes with us methods to advance that mission.  We couldn’t be more pleased with our partnership with this fine firm.”

Elizabeth A. Santillo
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

“When it became apparent that Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School was facing some real challenges for both enrollment and financial resources and I began calling my colleagues at other Catholic schools to inquire about who they would call on for help with these tough issues, the name that surfaced most often was Larry Furey and his Partners in Mission team. The most important call I made was to Larry who responded immediately and brought the full force of the Partners in Mission to Bishop Timon-St. Jude.

Quickly, through an assessment of our Advancement program, we discovered that while we were doing a lot of the right things, we were far from doing them well. Partners in Mission helped us focus on the areas where we could make the most significant and sustainable gains in the short and long term-primarily through segmenting the Annual Fund and developing a smart, research driven approach to Major Gifts for our school. While we have a long way to go, thanks to Partners in Mission, the focus and success we are experiencing has given our school community renewed confidence for the future.”

Thomas Sullivan
Principal & CEO
Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School
Buffalo, New York

“Assuming the role of president from an education background, I knew I needed guidance from an Advancement professional, and a friend suggested Larry Furey.   For the past six years, Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls has enjoyed his expert counsel.  As a result, our Annual Fund has tripled and our enrollment has increased.

Larry is an enthusiastic promoter of Catholic education and the work of the Church.  The members of his Partners in Mission team share his zeal, energy, and knowledge and can offer schools and parishes innumerable suggestions to advance their mission.”

Sister Donna Shallo, IHM
Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Whether your organization is just beginning an Advancement program or if your operation is highly developed, Partners in Mission can take you to the next level.  Their blend of experience, expertise and commitment to Catholic education, combined with the quality and integrity of their staff, make Partners in Mission a valuable ally for schools of all sizes.

Proven strategies + excellent staff = wonderful results.  There is no doubt that working with Partners in Mission is an investment that will pay remarkable dividends for your school.”  

Zane G. Gizzi
Director of Advancement
Lancaster Catholic High School
Lancaster, Pennsylvania  


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