Chad McEachern is the 8th Director of the Edmundite Missions. He raises critically needed funds to sustain outreach efforts for the poor, coordinates development efforts, builds new initiatives and develops strategies which feed, clothe, shelter and educate the needy in the Black Belt of Central Alabama. McEachern promotes and builds relationships that engage others in the ongoing task of evangelization through the Corporal Works of Mercy described in Matthew 25.
McEachern brings a long resume of expertise to the Missions’ fundraising efforts. Most recently he served as Director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Madison, WI. Previously he served as executive director of St. Edmund’s Retreat Center in Mystic, Conn., where he directed and managed all aspects of a $1.7 million budget.
He collaborated with the center’s president in developing and executing the strategic plan that provides for the physical, financial, staffing, and ministerial resources to fulfill the mission of St. Edmund’s Retreat Center.
Prior to his position at St. Edmund’s, McEachern was vice president for operations and development for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Boston, Mass., and Philadelphia, Pa. He established goals for the development, communications, and internal operational activities at the center.
At the Bioethics Center, he directed and managed all aspects of the center’s development office, including major gifts, grant stewardship, direct mail, database management, and public relations. He also worked with the president and chairman of the board to secure major multi-year gifts. He created, designed, and implemented new public relations materials to ensure a unified “brand awareness” in all products.
McEachern served as director of development for Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, Mass., in the Archdiocese of Boston. He served as assistant director of stewardship and development for the Diocese of Providence, R.I. In Providence he coordinated planning, direction, and production of all phases of a $5 million annual Catholic Charity Fund Appeal. He increased the total number of donors by 15 percent and funds raised by 14 percent.
He also served as assistant director of the foundation and special projects for the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Foundation in Washington, D.C., and was a major gifts consultant for United Service Organization (USO) in Washington, D.C.
McEachern received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., and pursued theological studies at St. Bonaventure University, Olean, N.Y., and Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C.
McEachern serves as the Chairman of the Board of The National Catholic Development Conference and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.