Sara Leonard Group

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The Sara Leonard Group delivers excellent professional guidance, education and facilitation to those responsible for fund development – fundraising professionals, CEOs, CFOs, board members and other nonprofit staff.

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In my last blog post, I extolled the virtues of handwriting notes. (Click here to read that one) If I convinced you that writing notes is a good idea, you might be wondering “what should I write about?” I’ve got some ideas for you. Appreciation for volunteering – many of your donors also volunteer for our… Read More

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I completed an experiment recently: I saved all of the mail that came into our household for one week. You would be amazed! So much junk mail. Several bills. A few medical items. I collected our mail to create a hands-on learning experience in a class I was teaching at the Nonprofit Leadership Center. Tom… Read More

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    Exciting news: new online class is approved for 3 points toward CFRE certification Not all online classes are created equal – I get that. Many online classes involve watching slides and listening to a lecture. Our class is completely different. We call it discussion-style because the class is a series of video conversations… Read More

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It happened again last week: I got turned around at the new outlet mall. My son and I were shopping for some new items at the Disney Store and we parked in our usual place near Starbucks. But I can never seem to remember which row of shops to head down. What did we do?… Read More

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I was meeting with an Executive Director and a newly hired Development Director to work on a development plan for their organization. The development director had extensive experience in the for-profit sector and had volunteered with the organization. However, this was his first adventure in professional fundraising. As we wrapped up our meeting, the ED… Read More

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Is an e-mail holiday card the right way to go? My opinion on this is no and yes. Here’s what I mean: NO – an e-card is not the right means of communication for your top donors and prospects. This group should be receiving a personal (hand-signed, hand-addressed) message from whoever in the organization has… Read More

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What People Are Saying

Sara did a great job facilitating our board retreat…perfect blend of business, guidance, inspiration and fun.

Sara Leonard is absolutely top-notch! Very knowledgeable and shared volumes of her expertise and experiences in an entertaining way. This was the best use of my time today! Thank you!

Sara is a great communicator and trainer!

Sara is an excellent and engaging presenter whose use of examples and stories help to reinforce ideas and topics discussed and make materials more concrete and applicable.

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