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About our mission

For us, it’s all about you. Whether you’re trying to raise sustainable funding, build a building, or increase enrollment—your mission is worth advancing. We believe in helping you inspire greater generosity through deeply intentional donor relationships. We don’t push low-return fundraising gimmicks that hide your mission, like impersonal raffles or pricey events (though we do like events). We help you put people first, pure and simple. Because investing in relationships leads to impact that lasts.

Fundraising, tailored to your mission

Expect great relationships

Funding solutions require an intentional plan, not a one-size-fits-all fundraising playbook. Understanding you, your organization, and your vision is the catalyst for our consulting approach.

Explore opportunities for generosity

We’ll work beside you, providing guidance and focusing on high impact + high return activities to tap into your organization’s hidden potential.

Enjoy your impact

Your mission can reach far and wide. Together, we’ll craft and execute an intentional plan that meets your current and future needs.

Who we serve

Independent Schools
Non-profit Organizations
Faith-based Organizations

Our story

Schuyler and Jennifer Lehman got into fundraising like most people do: on accident. While working his way through college in the Mayville University mailroom, Schuyler was offered a job by fundraising consultants. He decided that would be a great way to use his chemistry and information technology degree, and set out to learn the art and science of fundraising. Soon, he was supporting and leading campaigns all over the country. Meanwhile, Jennifer pursued a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s in business and nonprofit management, bringing her academic and administrative skills to the table.

After working in the industry for multiple consulting firms and leading hundreds of engagements, the Lehmans decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship. Their dream was to build a practice focused on transformational donor engagements through people-centered fundraising. It’s a philosophy they knew to be the “secret sauce” all nonprofit missions must have for sustainable growth, and one that rarely gets the time and attention it deserves from nonprofit leaders.

Back in 2007, Schuyler worked from the McKinney public library to form the early framework of Mission Advancement while Jennifer managed all the “back of house” business after their two toddlers went to bed. Today, Jennifer leads their growing team while Schuyler focuses on writing, mentoring, and supporting the mission. Together and with the Mission Advancement team, they’re bringing purpose-driving fundraising to nonprofit leaders across the country.

Meet your team

Angel brings over 22 years of nonprofit fundraising experience to Mission Advancement. Angel served as Sr. Vice President with Resource Services, Inc., a fundraising consulting firm, where he worked with a variety of clients ranging from parishes/churches to independent schools....

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Angel De Leon
Vice President

Angel De Leon

Vice President

Angel brings over 22 years of nonprofit fundraising experience to Mission Advancement. Angel served as Sr. Vice President with Resource Services, Inc., a fundraising consulting firm, where he worked with a variety of clients ranging from parishes/churches to independent schools. For the past nine years, Angel has served in the role of Sr. Director of Development at Prestonwood Christian Academy. This role involved facilitating the work of the team that led all development-related activities and strategies for the school, including major gifts, planned giving, alumni relations, corporate partner programs, and annual giving.

Angel earned a BS from Baptist University of America, an MA from Liberty University, and an M. Div. from The Criswell College. Angel and his wife Paige live in Frisco, Texas. Among his favorite things to do are cycling, reading, and outdoor activities. Angel and Paige enjoy spending time with their son Aaron, his wife Maddie, and their new grandson Cooper who live in the Austin area.

Angel provides accounting and bookkeeping support for the Mission Advancement team. Before working with Mission Advancement, Angel worked as an accountant for a large Fortune 500 company, but ultimately decided to dedicate her time to businesses who offer greater support to local...

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Angel Heisey
Finance Manager

Angel Heisey

Finance Manager

Angel provides accounting and bookkeeping support for the Mission Advancement team. Before working with Mission Advancement, Angel worked as an accountant for a large Fortune 500 company, but ultimately decided to dedicate her time to businesses who offer greater support to local communities.

Angel, a Dallas native, recently moved back to the area with her husband Darrin and three children, a son and two daughters. When she isn’t actively chasing down numbers, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering as a gymnastics coach.

Jennifer Lehman and her husband Schuyler started Mission Advancement in 2007, and she has managed the day-to-day operations of the business since that time. Today, Jennifer serves as President & CEO of MAP and enjoys leading company efforts and strategy,...

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Jennifer Lehman
President & CEO

Jennifer Lehman

President & CEO

Jennifer Lehman and her husband Schuyler started Mission Advancement in 2007, and she has managed the day-to-day operations of the business since that time. Today, Jennifer serves as President & CEO of MAP and enjoys leading company efforts and strategy, building and managing a strong team, and staying engaged with many client projects.

Jennifer has served nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities since 1994. A native of Dallas and graduate of the SMU MBA/Nonprofit Arts Management program, her focus began in the nonprofit arts world and then shifted to a broad range of organizations, including social service agencies, schools, and ministries. A highlight was working as a volunteer manager for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Jennifer has served as a nonprofit consultant since 1997, conducting feasibility studies, leading capital campaigns, and managing events for a variety of organizations around the country. She loves building relationships with nonprofit leaders and helping them realize the potential within their organizations to achieve big goals.

In her spare time, she loves music, reading, and travel. However, she mostly loves being a mom to her daughter Ellie, a Belmont University music student, and her son Jack, a high school student and ice hockey player, in McKinney, Texas.

With over 20 years of experience in people management and operations, Latoyia currently supports the MAP team as Chief of Staff, reviewing and evaluating business procedures and processes to ensure that the company is operating with high efficiency. She oversees...

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Latoyia Williams
Chief of Staff

Latoyia Williams

Chief of Staff

With over 20 years of experience in people management and operations, Latoyia currently supports the MAP team as Chief of Staff, reviewing and evaluating business procedures and processes to ensure that the company is operating with high efficiency. She oversees all employee-related matters including onboarding, benefits, employee engagement, and capacity building. Her critical attention to detail allows the MAP team to consistently deliver high-quality services.

A southern Michigan native, Latoyia obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan. Shortly after college, she left for New York City and, after a brief career in sales, switched gears to the nonprofit world. Latoyia went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Administration from Metropolitan College of New York and has worked in operations and administration for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, as well as KIPP Through College NYC & Dallas-Fort Worth.

Latoyia met and married Aaron, a native New Yorker and, after having Aaron Judah, Ariana, and Alijah, they decided it was time to leave the “Big City” and made the move to the north Dallas suburbs. Shortly after moving, the final of their four children, Azariah, arrived. The children keep their lives full and fun. With a love of sports, during her down time, Latoyia can likely be found watching, playing, or talking about sports with family and friends. She loves to read, play Scrabble, decorate, and help anyone she can. Latoyia is very active in her church, as well as in her community.

Schuyler Lehman created Mission Advancement with the objective of helping nonprofit organizations develop the capacity for relationship based major and principal gifts. Throughout his career spanning nearly four decades, his unwavering focus on serving the passions, interests, and needs of...

Read Bio
Schuyler Lehman
Founder & Chairman

Schuyler Lehman

Founder & Chairman

Schuyler Lehman created Mission Advancement with the objective of helping nonprofit organizations develop the capacity for relationship based major and principal gifts. Throughout his career spanning nearly four decades, his unwavering focus on serving the passions, interests, and needs of the donor has helped to redefine institutional fundraising. Schuyler has authored three books outlining his unique philosophy and approach, and he is also a frequent speaker and presenter at regional, national, and international conferences.

Schuyler has helped raise more than $6 billion for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations (religious, educational, social service, civic, youth, community, healthcare, cultural, associations, etc.). He has provided consultation and advice to more than 1,000 nonprofits throughout the U.S. and Canada for major capital and endowment campaigns, annual funds, and general development activities.

Scott Taylor has been in the fundraising and nonprofit management world for more than 20 years. Through his experience in fundraising, endowments, donor relations, strategic affairs, and campaign operations, Scott has served as a fundraising and strategy consultant to a...

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Scott Taylor
Vice President

Scott Taylor

Vice President

Scott Taylor has been in the fundraising and nonprofit management world for more than 20 years. Through his experience in fundraising, endowments, donor relations, strategic affairs, and campaign operations, Scott has served as a fundraising and strategy consultant to a variety of nonprofit organizations. As a Vice President, Scott leads the Client Service division for Mission Advancement and is responsible for all client-related engagements.

Before his tenure with Mission Advancement, Scott served on the fundraising team for Southern Methodist University’s two most successful campaigns, which raised over $1.5 billion. His experience has positioned him to develop, plan, and execute a variety of strategies and initiatives related to operational fundraising, capital projects, donor relations, and volunteer management.

Scott received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from SMU. He and his wife Ashley and their three children, Kendall, Savannah, and Jonathan live in the DFW metroplex.

Angel brings over 22 years of nonprofit fundraising experience to Mission Advancement. Angel served as Sr. Vice President with Resource Services, Inc., a fundraising consulting firm, where he worked with a variety of clients ranging from parishes/churches to independent schools....

Read Bio
Angel De Leon
Vice President

Angel De Leon

Vice President

Angel brings over 22 years of nonprofit fundraising experience to Mission Advancement. Angel served as Sr. Vice President with Resource Services, Inc., a fundraising consulting firm, where he worked with a variety of clients ranging from parishes/churches to independent schools. For the past nine years, Angel has served in the role of Sr. Director of Development at Prestonwood Christian Academy. This role involved facilitating the work of the team that led all development-related activities and strategies for the school, including major gifts, planned giving, alumni relations, corporate partner programs, and annual giving.

Angel earned a BS from Baptist University of America, an MA from Liberty University, and an M. Div. from The Criswell College. Angel and his wife Paige live in Frisco, Texas. Among his favorite things to do are cycling, reading, and outdoor activities. Angel and Paige enjoy spending time with their son Aaron, his wife Maddie, and their new grandson Cooper who live in the Austin area.

Angel provides accounting and bookkeeping support for the Mission Advancement team. Before working with Mission Advancement, Angel worked as an accountant for a large Fortune 500 company, but ultimately decided to dedicate her time to businesses who offer greater support to local...

Read Bio
Angel Heisey
Finance Manager

Angel Heisey

Finance Manager

Angel provides accounting and bookkeeping support for the Mission Advancement team. Before working with Mission Advancement, Angel worked as an accountant for a large Fortune 500 company, but ultimately decided to dedicate her time to businesses who offer greater support to local communities.

Angel, a Dallas native, recently moved back to the area with her husband Darrin and three children, a son and two daughters. When she isn’t actively chasing down numbers, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering as a gymnastics coach.

Jennifer Lehman and her husband Schuyler started Mission Advancement in 2007, and she has managed the day-to-day operations of the business since that time. Today, Jennifer serves as President & CEO of MAP and enjoys leading company efforts and strategy,...

Read Bio
Jennifer Lehman
President & CEO

Jennifer Lehman

President & CEO

Jennifer Lehman and her husband Schuyler started Mission Advancement in 2007, and she has managed the day-to-day operations of the business since that time. Today, Jennifer serves as President & CEO of MAP and enjoys leading company efforts and strategy, building and managing a strong team, and staying engaged with many client projects.

Jennifer has served nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities since 1994. A native of Dallas and graduate of the SMU MBA/Nonprofit Arts Management program, her focus began in the nonprofit arts world and then shifted to a broad range of organizations, including social service agencies, schools, and ministries. A highlight was working as a volunteer manager for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Jennifer has served as a nonprofit consultant since 1997, conducting feasibility studies, leading capital campaigns, and managing events for a variety of organizations around the country. She loves building relationships with nonprofit leaders and helping them realize the potential within their organizations to achieve big goals.

In her spare time, she loves music, reading, and travel. However, she mostly loves being a mom to her daughter Ellie, a Belmont University music student, and her son Jack, a high school student and ice hockey player, in McKinney, Texas.

With over 20 years of experience in people management and operations, Latoyia currently supports the MAP team as Chief of Staff, reviewing and evaluating business procedures and processes to ensure that the company is operating with high efficiency. She oversees...

Read Bio
Latoyia Williams
Chief of Staff

Latoyia Williams

Chief of Staff

With over 20 years of experience in people management and operations, Latoyia currently supports the MAP team as Chief of Staff, reviewing and evaluating business procedures and processes to ensure that the company is operating with high efficiency. She oversees all employee-related matters including onboarding, benefits, employee engagement, and capacity building. Her critical attention to detail allows the MAP team to consistently deliver high-quality services.

A southern Michigan native, Latoyia obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan. Shortly after college, she left for New York City and, after a brief career in sales, switched gears to the nonprofit world. Latoyia went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Administration from Metropolitan College of New York and has worked in operations and administration for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, as well as KIPP Through College NYC & Dallas-Fort Worth.

Latoyia met and married Aaron, a native New Yorker and, after having Aaron Judah, Ariana, and Alijah, they decided it was time to leave the “Big City” and made the move to the north Dallas suburbs. Shortly after moving, the final of their four children, Azariah, arrived. The children keep their lives full and fun. With a love of sports, during her down time, Latoyia can likely be found watching, playing, or talking about sports with family and friends. She loves to read, play Scrabble, decorate, and help anyone she can. Latoyia is very active in her church, as well as in her community.

Schuyler Lehman created Mission Advancement with the objective of helping nonprofit organizations develop the capacity for relationship based major and principal gifts. Throughout his career spanning nearly four decades, his unwavering focus on serving the passions, interests, and needs of...

Read Bio
Schuyler Lehman
Founder & Chairman

Schuyler Lehman

Founder & Chairman

Schuyler Lehman created Mission Advancement with the objective of helping nonprofit organizations develop the capacity for relationship based major and principal gifts. Throughout his career spanning nearly four decades, his unwavering focus on serving the passions, interests, and needs of the donor has helped to redefine institutional fundraising. Schuyler has authored three books outlining his unique philosophy and approach, and he is also a frequent speaker and presenter at regional, national, and international conferences.

Schuyler has helped raise more than $6 billion for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations (religious, educational, social service, civic, youth, community, healthcare, cultural, associations, etc.). He has provided consultation and advice to more than 1,000 nonprofits throughout the U.S. and Canada for major capital and endowment campaigns, annual funds, and general development activities.

Scott Taylor has been in the fundraising and nonprofit management world for more than 20 years. Through his experience in fundraising, endowments, donor relations, strategic affairs, and campaign operations, Scott has served as a fundraising and strategy consultant to a...

Read Bio
Scott Taylor
Vice President

Scott Taylor

Vice President

Scott Taylor has been in the fundraising and nonprofit management world for more than 20 years. Through his experience in fundraising, endowments, donor relations, strategic affairs, and campaign operations, Scott has served as a fundraising and strategy consultant to a variety of nonprofit organizations. As a Vice President, Scott leads the Client Service division for Mission Advancement and is responsible for all client-related engagements.

Before his tenure with Mission Advancement, Scott served on the fundraising team for Southern Methodist University’s two most successful campaigns, which raised over $1.5 billion. His experience has positioned him to develop, plan, and execute a variety of strategies and initiatives related to operational fundraising, capital projects, donor relations, and volunteer management.

Scott received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from SMU. He and his wife Ashley and their three children, Kendall, Savannah, and Jonathan live in the DFW metroplex.

The Mission Advancement experience

$500 million in food and funds over three years
Achieving our goal of $500 million in food and funds over three years requires us to strategically focus on building relationships with the key stakeholders and supporters who can make this happen. The Mission Advancement team is bringing a renewed spirit, energy, and strategy to help us grow our people-centered fundraising efforts and continue the fight against hunger in North Texas.
Erica Yaeger
North Texas Food Bank
At the end of the day, it’s all about relationships
We have worked with Mission Advancement on our Capital Campaign, they taught us everything from how to build the campaign, develop messaging, and make asks – I don’t know where we would be without them! We are grateful for our relationship with their team.
Carol Maxwell
Juliette Fowler Communities
A partner that we found to help further our mission
Partnering with Mission Advancement was one of the most significant decisions we have made at TCS. As a result of their counsel, we have seen our scattered fundraising efforts mature into a fully functioning and successful development team. We have seen great growth in our fundraising, but, more importantly, we have gained a sense of confidence and security in our ability to provide foundational support to our school.
Dr. Stephen Cox
Trinity Christian School

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