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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Since starting my job at Lakeland Regional Medical Center Foundation more than 25 years ago, I’ve been explaining what I do. That’s natural; since my title included “development,” and many people weren’t sure what I was “developing.” Throughout my career, my titles have included “development” and “advancement” in several iterations (associate, director of, officer). To… Read More

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Here you sit, pen in hand with a blank note card – now what? In my last 2 blog posts I’ve extolled the virtues of writing hand written notes and talked about some of the occasions that would warrant a hand written note. This time I’m shifting my focus to who should receive those handwritten… Read More

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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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What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

Sara does an amazing job of sharing the strategy in a very open and compassionate way.

Sara has a great knowledge base and is easy to follow and track.

Sara is excellent teaching this material! Very unassuming, personable and engaging.

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