Meet the Staff - Mary J. Foley
Managing Director, Christian Brothers Services
Mary J. Foley brings 35+ years of experience to the not-for-profit world and offers a wealth of strategic leadership skills and insights to the educational, religious, social service and environmental arenas.
Mary has worked with hundreds of not-for-profits, internally as a director of development, at the board level, and through a wide variety of consulting engagements. She has raised hundreds of millions of dollars through capital campaigns, annual fund appeals and ever-expanding advancement initiatives for organizations large and small.
In 1992, Mary established Foley Consulting, Inc. to provide fundraising, marketing, organizational development and stewardship expertise so that FCI clients can better meet the needs of those they serve. After 25 years, Foley Consulting, Inc. joined Christian Brothers Services to bring more resources and opportunities to their members and clients. Mary oversees Catholic School Management and CBS Consulting, both divisions of Christian Brothers Services.
Mary created the Advancement Services program of the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools and provided consultation, training programs, publications and work product for 17 years. During this time school fundraising revenue rose over 350%.
A sought after repeat presenter at conferences around the country including NCEA, CASE, AFP, ICSC and NCDC, Mary leads board retreats, staff development programs, workshops and webinars designed to meet the unique objectives of each client.
Mary is a proud product of Catholic education – from grade school to graduate school — and her reflection on the benefits of Catholic education, How Cool is That?, has been shared with schools across the country.
Mary holds an MBA with a concentration in Marketing. Her undergraduate degree is in English. Mary, her husband Steve and daughter Grace reside in Oak Park, Illinois. Mary serves on the development committee of her daughter’s Catholic elementary school, is a lector in her parish, and a board member at Corazon a Corazon, Chicago.