Our unique approach
We start by getting
to know you.
We practice what we preach. We take time to understand you, your organization, and your vision before we offer funding solutions.
We use a collaborative
We emphasize highly relational engagements. Our fundraising consultants work beside you, providing guidance and focusing on high impact / high return activities to tap into your organization’s hidden potential.
We see the uniqueness
in you and your donors.
We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all fundraising playbook. We will craft and execute an intentional plan that meets your current environment and future needs.
Genuine, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. We have decades of experience counseling nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
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.
Residing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1992, he lives with his wife Jennifer and children in McKinney, Texas.
Raising to the Challenge: A Nonprofit Leadership Fable: Transforming Culture and Finding the Path to Financial Health
Kindle $19.99 | Paperback $19.99 – 2020
The Perfect Development Office: A Guide to Building a Thriving Development Operation
Kindle $9.99 | Paperback $9.99 – 2017
The Perfect Campaign: A Guide to Relationship Based Fundraising and Quality Decisions
Kindle $9.99 | Paperback $9.99 – 2014
Would you like Schuyler to speak at your event? Email or call us anytime to learn more.
firstname.lastname@example.org | (888) 540-0505
"At the end of the day, it’s all about relationships. MAP has been tremendously beneficial in helping us develop and execute our individual donor plans, and we’ve seen tremendous results.”
Alan GrahamMobile Loaves & Fishes / Austin, TX
“Genuine, professional and extremely knowledgeable – those three words define Mission Advancement’s work. They are genuine in the interest they take in their clients; they demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of their interactions, and I have personally found their pool of knowledge to be both vast and adaptable. This team has been a tremendous asset to our organization!”
Megan SadowskiCotter Schools / Winona, MN
“Mission Advancement has changed the way that ChildFund approaches major and principal gifts. We have seen substantial growth in a short period of time and our work with MAP has exceeded our expectations.”
Steve StirlingChildFund International / Richmond, VA
"Mission Advancement’s LEAP service helped St. Patrick High School dramatically grow our annual fund through relational, major gifts fundraising. We are happy with the decision to invest in this service that will have a positive impact on our Office of Institutional Advancement for years to come."
Jeff ArditoSt. Patrick Catholic High School / Chicago, Illinois
“I appreciate the strategic direction and sound advice Mission Advancement has brought to our campaign planning. They have helped our leadership think differently about our relationships with donors and have raised sights about what is possible – and how it is possible. I am so glad we hired MAP!”
Sara JacobsonMinnehaha Academy / Minneapolis, MN
“Mission Advancement's methodology of tapping into the capacity of a relatively small number of individual donors rather than the local churches to fund our campaign has produced results we have never seen before in Indiana. We have surpassed the expectations of the feasibility study and are closing in on our victory goal, which will exceed our original need by over $3 million.”