Registration Open

March 26-27, 2024 | Islander Resort, Islamorada

The Leadership Success Academy (LSA) is our essential board training program that equips nonprofit leaders and board members with national best practices in all areas from governance and strategic planning to fundraising and financial management. The program is for anyone working with or serving in an advisory capacity with a nonprofit organization or other community group. The program is open to 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits, membership or service/civic organizations, and government groups and coalitions. More than 100 Monroe County nonprofits have participated in the program. Even if your organization has participated in the past, you’ll want new members to sign up. Board leadership changes and this program is a great way to work effectively as a team.

Topics covered typically include legal and ethical responsibilities of nonprofit board members (and, equally as important, where board duties end and should be delegated to staff); expert instruction in how to read and interpret financial documents; tips on how board members can effectively spread the word and raise more funds; and guidance on how to implement strategic planning and servant leadership practices to produce measurable results.

For the first time ever, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys will hold its signature board member training program in Islamorada. The 2024 Leadership Success Academy will be held at the Islander Resort on Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27. Registration is available online at The cost of the two-day program is $149 and includes lunch on both days and a graduation reception. The sessions will focus on leadership styles, board member roles, nonprofit finance, fundraising, communications, and strategic planning. Individuals who participate on both days will receive a Certificate of Completion.

A special addition this year will be a presentation from AH Monroe’s executive director Scott Pridgen and Florida Keys Outreach Coalition’s board chair Sam Kaufman, whose organizations merged effective January 1. They will explain the process their board of directors went through to make this happen, and how they weighed the pros and cons of their collaboration options, ultimately choosing a merger for the greater good of the community.

Coaches for the 2024 Leadership Success Academy include renowned nonprofit expert and consultant Alex Counts, who will be traveling from Baltimore to instruct our Florida Keys nonprofit leaders. Together with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, Counts co-founded the Grameen Foundation, a global nonprofit which has helped loan over 6.5 billion dollars to the poorest of the poor, while maintaining a repayment rate consistently above 98%. Counts is the author of three books and frequent contributor to The Washington PostTheStanford Social Innovation Review, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Other 2024 presenters are Kate Banick, Bob Gold, and Martha Roesler.

The Leadership Success Academy is made possible thanks to generous donors holding funds with the Community Foundation.

The 2023 Leadership Success Academy was hosted by the Tennessee Williams Theater in Key West.


The Community Foundation hosted its training program on February 10 and 11 at the College of the Florida Keys in Key Largo with 47 graduates. It is the 15th year of the program but the first time the training was held in the Upper Keys.


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