About the 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.
- 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
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:
- AFP Suncoast Chapter member and board member
- CFRE certificant
- Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay faculty
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