Who We Are

About the Sara Leonard Group

Your partner in doing more good.

The SSara Teaching1ara 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.

We value

  • The success of our clients and quality of life in our community.
  • Client-centered guidance that is responsive, creative, customized and accessible.
  • Client partnerships built on collegiality, trust, clarity, transparency and communication.
  • Service to our colleagues, profession and community.

How can we help you do more good?

About Sara Leonard, MBA, CFRE

Executive Director • Director of Development • Major Gifts Officer • Director of Advancement
Board Member • Executive Committee Member • Trainer • Mentor

Image: Mojo Studios
Image: Mojo Studios

In her 30 years of nonprofit work, Sara has held many titles and been a solutions-oriented advancement professional.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tampa and an MBA from the University of South Florida. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive and has been named as a Master Trainer by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

As the founding director of the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s Fund Development Academy, Sara created an extensive curriculum of fundraising and board governance courses. She has had the privilege of working with organizations to achieve their fundraising goals through instruction, coaching and consulting. She continues to serve as an instructor for the Fund Development Academy.

She has worked in the nonprofit sector raising funds for healthcare, educational and cultural organizations. She managed development operations including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors, managing annual giving, major gift cultivation and solicitation, training and management of staff, board and volunteers, foundation and corporate support, sponsorships, annual funds, special events and in-kind support. She is widely considered an expert in crisis fundraising and has guided organizations through capital campaigns – both large and small.

Sara serves as the Immediate Past President of the  Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a former board member of the AFP Florida Caucus and New Tampa Young Life. She lives in Tampa with her husband and two children.

Sara proudly has affiliations with the following organizations:

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Who We Have Helped

We have had the opportunity to work with organizations of all sizes, across the United States. Each organization is unique and we have had the pleasure of working with the agencies below to develop a plan, some big and some small, to be their partner in doing good.


Academy at the Lakes • Alliance for Independence (AFI) • Alpha Chi Omega Foundation

AMI Kids • Best Buddies International • Bethesda Ministries

Brain Injury Association of America • Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School • Champions for Children • Charlotte Community Foundation

Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay • Children’s Cancer Center • Children’s Dream Fund

Children’s Home Inc. • Community Foundation of Sarasota County • Community Stepping Stones

Computer Mentors Group • Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida • DACCO

Donate Life Florida • Easter Seals Florida • Emerge Tampa Bay • English Language & Learning Center

Family Justice Center • Family Literacy Academy • Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation • Foundation for International Missions

Friends of Joshua House Foundation • Gasparilla Festival of the Arts • HCC Foundation • Happy Workers Learning Center

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving •  Hispanic Services Council • Humane Society of Manatee County • Leadership St. Petersburg

Learn Tampa Bay • Mary Lee’s House • Meals on Wheels of Tampa • National Coalition of 100 Black Women

Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida • North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance • PCAT • Pasco Hernando State College Foundation

Pinellas County Sherriff’s PAL • Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida • Positive Spin

R’Club • Regions Bank • Ryan Neece Foundation • Sertoma Speech & Hearing

Skills Center • SPCA Tampa Bay • St. John Nuemann Catholic High School • Stage Works Theatre

Success 4 Kids & Families • Summit Preparatory School • Sweetwater Organic Farm

Tampa Metro YMCA • TMS Global • The Florida Aquarium • The Patterson Foundation

The Spring • The Stuart Society (Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg) • UMCM Suncoast

Una Voce • University of South Florida Foundation • University of Tampa

West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging • Youth and Family Alternatives