Sara Leonard Group

Your partner in doing more good.

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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Using our extensive experience in fundraising and nonprofit governance, we have created and delivered training and coaching to nonprofit professionals and volunteers at all skill levels. How can we best help you and your organization?

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Me: “Let’s brainstorm on who might invest in your social enterprise startup capital.” NPO: “We should ask Mrs. Brown. She’s a great prospect for this. But then again, now isn’t a good time for her because she has moved recently. And, she makes a generous gift to our golf tournament. And, she might not like… Read More

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Last month I completed my term as president of the AFP Suncoast Chapter. That milestone led me to reflect on my term and write some closing thoughts. I’m currently reading Anne Lamott’s book “Help Thanks Wow.”  Her writing inspired my thoughts about the past two years in our AFP chapter. Help The board members and volunteers… Read More

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Calling a prospective funder shouldn’t just be another phone call to quickly check off your to-do list. At the point of actually picking up the phone, you should be confident the funder is open to your communication (Call Me… Maybe: Determining If You Should Call a Foundation Prospect) and have spent time researching and preparing… Read More

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  So, you have decided to move forward with a call to a prospective foundation funder (after considering this information we shared in our last post, Call Me… Maybe: Determining If You Should Call a Foundation Prospect). The most important thing to remember: the contact you make with a potential funder can make or break… Read More

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To contact or not to contact? That’s the million-dollar question (okay, let’s be realistic – the $40,000 question). You’ve identified a new private foundation that might fund your organization, so you want to make contact with them right away and tell them all the ways your organization is a great investment opportunity for them. Now’s… Read More

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Successful social enterprise requires capital investment. I am honored to work with the organizations participating in The Patterson Foundation’s Margin Mission Ignitioninitiative. My role is to support their capital investment fundraising efforts. Social enterprise business planning is hard work and not coincidentally, raising the capital can be hard work, too. Once the business plan is… Read More

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What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

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

This was by far the most valuable workshop I have been to.  A nice blend of presentation and real-world experience exchange.

Sara was very helpful, her insight and experience led to a more trusting and informative training.