Leadership Success Academy

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone all CFFK events for the present time. We will keep you informed of future plans.

CFFK’s Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund is addressing COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts in Monroe County. Members of the community who wish to support aid to those economically affected by the pandemic may donate to the fund here.


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.

“Having worked with Keys nonprofits for ten years, I’ve come to dislike the term ‘sit on a board’ because when you agree to govern a charity you are accepting a huge responsibility to donors who have invested in that charity’s work,” said Jennifer McComb, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. “We at the Community Foundation are excited to work with our nonprofit leaders who are committed to doing more than just sitting in meetings every month. They are people who want to effect positive change during their term on a board. I know many locals who have completed our low-cost training and learned to ask more questions, think outside the way things have always been done, and take steps to get the organizations they care about to the next level.”

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.

LSA has trained over 500 leaders from nonprofits throughout the Keys. 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.

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

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