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What Our Clients Say


Although we considered various firms to assist in our efforts, John Kearns & Associates stood out to us as the most qualified due to their strong references and a twenty-five year track record of success with other Catholic parishes. On a goal of $3 million we have pledges and gifts totaling $4.7 million. These results far exceeded everyone's expectations. Clearly, we made the right decision.

Rev. Thomas J. Ryan, Pastor
Immaculate Conception Parish, Fayetteville, NY

I was especially pleased by the level of service you and your team provided, involving me only when I was needed and guiding me and the volunteers at every turn. Your support before, during and after our campaign not only helped us exceed our goal but also left everyone feeling good about having embarked on this project.

Fr. William B. Leone, Pastor
St. Jerome Church, East Rochester, NY

We considered the top five fundraisers for Catholic institutions in the country. Kearns & Associates was our unanimous choice. We were fairly sure at the time we had chosen the best company, now nine months and $1,000,000 later we are sure.

Rev. Timothy H. O'Neill , Pastor
St. Patrick Church, Hubbard, Ohio

Your careful study and assessment of our situation was right on the mark. You designed a campaign strategy to meet our rather unique needs and skillfully carried out that plan.

Another great benefit of working with your firm was that the campaign did not prevent me from meeting my daily obligations to our ministry. This was due to the effective way the campaign was laid out and the relative ease of the follow through. Your expertise as a fundraiser and knowledge of Catholic institutions was the perfect combination.

Fr. Matthew T. Laffey, O.S.B., Director
Catholic Campus Ministry at Penn State University

I am writing to express my complete satisfaction with the fundraising services provided by Kearns & Associates during our capital campaign. We have raised over $2.6 million in pledges which is more than three and a half times our annual offertory collection.

Rev. George Smiga, Pastor
St. Noel Church, Willoughby Hills, Ohio

Kearns & Associates’ long standing reputation for service, reliability and follow through is well deserved.

Fr. Dan J. Palys, Pastor
St. Gabriel Church, Elma, New York

I would like to express my appreciation for the professional guidance and personal support provided by you and your firm during the Feasibility Study for St. Mary of the Mount Parish and the Combined Capital Campaign with the Diocese of Pittsburgh. With your help we have exceeded our goal by raising over $2 million for the construction of a new parish center and at the same time provide support to a campaign that addresses many crucial needs in our Diocese.

Rev. Michael J. Stumpf, Pastor
St. Mary of the Mount, Pittsburgh, PA

These results exceed our greatest expectations, and Kearns & Associates deserve a large amount of credit for this success.

Clem Eckert, Executive Director
Food Bank of Western New York

From day one I was impressed with Kearns & Associates’ approach and the manner in which they organized our campaign, and strategically laid out each step. As the Chief Development Officer for Trocaire College, I found that their expertise was the critical ingredient in our success.

John A. Vecchio, MBA, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY

John Kearns & Associates was the perfect partner in helping Soliders + Sailors Memorial Hospital take on the largest fundraising campaign in its 72 year history. Beginning with the feasibility study, Kearns & Associates played a pivotal role in helping us create a successful fundraising plan to raise over $3 million. Through a well thought out strategy, strong preparation and organized requests we have been able to motivate donors to support the campaign at record levels.

Melissa A. Coolidge, Director of Development
Laurel Health System


Fundraising Success

Results during a pandemic


I am grateful for the opportunity to write this recommendation for John Kearns & Associates. Jack Kearns and his associates worked with us well beyond the agreed upon time window. This was exactly what we needed as we conducted a campaign during the Coronavirus Pandemic. It is key to how we raised a very successful $1.3 million on a study goal of $1 million.

Of the five firms that our parish interviewed, our parish leadership panel of 20 parishioners scored John Kearns & Associates highest.

Father Chris Zerucha,
Pastor – St. Bernard Church, Akron OH



I am writing to thank John Kearns & Associates for their outstanding leadership while conducting our Parish Campaign under very trying circumstances. Despite stay-at-home orders and an economic shutdown due to COVID-19, John Kearns & Associates was able to successfully direct our campaign around many of these obstacles.

When we kicked off the public phase of our capital campaign on March 15, 2020 we could never imagine what was coming next. Despite what we were faced with, we put our trust and faith in John Kearns & Associates. We trusted that they had the insight to tactfully reach out to our parishioners with sensitivity and empathy. We found that their level of knowledge and sophistication is very rare, and this proved to be invaluable throughout our campaign.

Father Timothy Taugher
Pastor – St. Francis of Assisi, Binghamton NY



When the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was faced with the daunting challenge of keeping our commitment to the poor and underserved during the pandemic we confidently turned to John Kearns & Associates. In these uncertain times we realized that high-quality advice is more important than ever and that’s exactly what they provided. We at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul could not be happier with their counsel during this crisis.

Larry Brooks
Diocesan Central Council of Buffalo, NY