Skip Leonard

Senior Fundraising Consultant Skip Leonard

Skip Leonard

Senior Consultant


Fort Meyers, FL


Ohio Wesleyan University
University of Kansas
Harvard University

Skip joined Marts & Lundy after more than 25 years of leading philanthropic endeavors at private schools, universities, an academic-medical institution and clinically- based healthcare systems. He’s led campaigns ranging from $50M to $600M and has overseen children’s hospital fundraising.

His focus is on aligning philanthropic opportunities with overall institutional needs. In his work, he has restructured and reimagined mission-driven organizations to implement strategic plans with a focus on innovation and growth. He has particular interest in aligning philanthropic opportunities with new critical healthcare strategies including population health, value-based care and patient-centered, clinical excellence. To drive these initiatives, Skip helps healthcare institutions use philanthropy as the chassis to create diversified streams of revenue.

Most recently Skip served as Chief Foundation Officer for Lee Memorial Health System. At Lee Health, he led a foundation that continually broke year to year giving records while earning the top performer award from American Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). Additionally, Skip designed an innovative initiative called Evolution Health Ventures to assist Lee Health in identifying and implementing new diversified revenue strategies using philanthropy as the core.

Prior to Lee Health, Skip led the Office of Development and Alumni Relations for Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where he was responsible for all philanthropic activities of the Joint Development Office for the combined $2 billion health system, including a $1.2 billion combined endowment.

Under Skip’s leadership, his team broke all giving records in fiscal year 2014 with $70 million in cash and pledges and is now involved in planning a $600 million campaign focused on population health. He also led the integration of fundraising activities for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth into the Joint Development Office; implemented a new comprehensive Grateful Patient Program; and formalized physician-philanthropy collaboration through a Partners in Philanthropy Program. Previously Skip served in various leadership positions in healthcare, education and government.

Skip earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Ohio Wesleyan University, a graduate degree in urban management from the University of Kansas and a second graduate degree in public administration from Harvard University. He also has completed the Harvard University Senior Executive Program and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).