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.
I didn’t go looking for a mentor but one sort of showed up in my life. Let me tell you how: right out of college I was working in residential mortgage lending, a terrible fit even though my dad had been a banker. A contact I made through some volunteer work encouraged me to apply… Read MoreContinue Reading
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 MoreContinue Reading
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 MoreContinue Reading
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 MoreContinue Reading
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 MoreContinue Reading
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 MoreContinue Reading
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 does an amazing job of sharing the strategy in a very open and compassionate way.
Sara was very accessible and relatable (and funny).