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William Acton

Advancement Partners
Partner and Senior Vice President
Dublin, OH

A graduate of Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) and the College of Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), Bill has over 25 years of experience in Catholic not-for-profit leadership. From leading board training sessions, to conducting feasibility studies, to leading institutions through successful strategic or development planning, Bill has adopted a “hands-on” approach in working with clients across the country in his work with Advancement Partners, Inc.  API is a nationally-recognized consulting company with a specialty of working with Catholic schools and organizations.

Prior to beginning his consulting career in 1993, Bill worked for Cardinal Bernardin at the Archdiocese of Chicago -- as the first-ever Director of Development for the Seminary System of the Archdiocese and then as the first Director of the Cardinal's Appeal.

Over the past twenty years in his work with API, Bill has specialized in capital campaign management, major gift solicitation and development operation re-engineering, primarily for Catholic high schools. He has personally engaged in over 4,500 face-to-face major gift solicitation calls ranging from $5,000 to $10,000,000.  Campaigns have ranged from $870,000 to $25 million.

Bill lives in Elmhurst, IL with his wife Sheila, the proud parents of two daughters – Mary Alice, a first grade teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle School (Chicago, IL) and Margy, a graduate student in Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.