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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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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A guest post from Ashley Pero Any day is the perfect day to be a little more thoughtful and show your appreciation for those in your life. As a fundraiser, appreciating donors is always top of mind. But, one area that you might be overlooking is your colleagues– the people you spend nearly a quarter… Read More

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A guest post from Ashley Pero. “Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” -Margaret Wheatley As we move through our careers, we go from being the one asking all the questions to being someone that has a few answers. As we get older (and,… Read More

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What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

All good feedback from the board after our retreat. Sara was fun and engaging!

Sara was comfortable, easy to follow, shared very useful information and engaged the audience.

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.