Leadership Tallahassee, Inc.
PO Box 1639
c/o Barbara Boone
Tallahassee FL 32302
Contact Information
Address PO Box 1639
c/o Barbara Boone
Tallahassee, FL 32302
Telephone (850) 521-3112
Fax 850 561-3860
E-mail bboone@talchamber.com
Alternate Address 300 East Park Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32301
At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 20-1134753
Year of Incorporation 2004
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $312,679.00
Projected Expenses $312,679.00
Mission Statement
Leadership Tallahassee cultivates a diverse network of emerging and experienced leaders committed to improving the community.
Needs Statement
  1. We have a large number of willing volunteers, but cannot always follow up to place them where they can best be utilized. A part-time volunteer coordinator, 20 hours per week, $25,000 annually would fill that need.
  2. We would like to make a more deliberate effort to increase the endowment (Community Foundation of North Florida). We are committed to establishing a solid financial endowment so that we can support leadership development without depending on individual support of our members.
  3. We are unable to utilize all the tools available to streamline many of our activities, from applying to our programs online, registering for events, communicating with our members, sharing our story with the community or making it easier for our board members to get the information they need for an upcoming meeting. Upgrading the Leadership Tallahassee website would require additional funding (est. $25-$30,000).
Impact Statement

Past Year Accomplishments:

1.  Secured funding for, developed and launched an online board matching program - LeaderBoard.  LeaderBoard will transform the way that non-profits identify and select volunteers interested in serving as a board member by ensuring that local nonprofit boards have access to Tallahassee's trained, engaged and diverse community leaders. Registered organizations will have the ability to review the skills and interests of potential board members.   LeaderBoard allows organizations to look beyond their immediate circle, thereby diversifying and elevating their board of directors and committees. Local nonprofit organizations can choose board members by browsing Leadership Profiles made by local leaders.   

2.  Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Youth Leadership Tallahassee with a "YLT Moment" at each membership luncheon, two youth guest editors of the membership newsletter, and participation in a year long exhibit on Civic Engagement at the Florida History Museum.

3.  Collaborated with a local non-partisan public educational forum on matters of local, state and national importance, to present sessions of "Our Town,” a community town hall meeting, for discussions on various topics. These sessions were free and open to the public.

4.  Worked with  several organizations to develop the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence through Tallahassee Community College.  

5.  Continued the quarterly workshops for new board member training in addition to the various board training offerings at Building Better Boards. 
6.  Developed plan to allow the organization to hire part time program assistant for FY 14/15.  
Goals for Current Year:

1.  Develop a strategic plan for the Youth Leadership program.  

2.  Develop comprehensive marketing plan for LeaderBoard to encourage broader use of the program. 

3.  Engage volunteers at all levels of the organization including programming and fundraising.

4.  Improve all areas of communication, internal and external.

5.  Implement the piloted LT 2.0 project as an official Leadership Tallahassee program for LT graduates.
Background Statement

Leadership Tallahassee (LT) began in 1983 as a year-long educational program for adults of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, designed to facilitate opportunities for interaction with established community leaders, all for the purpose of strengthening their bond to the community. The participants met monthly to learn more about the community through panel discussions and hands-on experiences. In subsequent years, a more formal selection process was added to strengthen the make-up of each class, assuring diversity along the lines of gender, age, race, ethnicity, profession and interests.

As each class graduated, the number of alumni increased. Opportunities to
give back to the organization included serving on committees to plan the
program days for the year, and to plan activities to bring graduates together. In 1993, a formal LT Board of Governors was created. Bylaws and budgets were outlined and the organization sought to solidify its funding through alumni dues and program sponsorships. A committee was formed to present the first Distinguished Leadership Awards event in 1994. The event was created to recognize outstanding leadership in the community and to highlight the LT Tallahassee program.

Opportunity Tallahassee was added in 1997, targeted to corporate executives, managers and other professionals who may be new to the community and want to know more about the area, with a minimum expenditure of time. After a need for volunteer board member training was identified, LT collaborated with the Junior League to present Building Better Boards. This is a training seminar for novice and veteran board members, as well as agency staff/professionals. Sessions have included information on the roles and responsibilities of board members and board chairmen, fundraising tips, legal obligations of boards and board members, governance and strategic planning.

In 2004, LT Class 20 was challenged to create and develop a program for youth in the area. Youth Leadership Tallahassee (YLT) was created as a year-long program that brings together a diverse group of high school juniors from the public and private schools in Tallahassee, who have demonstrated leadership potential in formal and informal situations, and prepares them to become ethical leaders committed to active community involvement. Students apply in 10th grade and participate in YLT in 11th grade.

That same year, to assist with fundraising, LT applied for and received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation.

Service Categories
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Leon County, FL
Thomas County, GA
Board Chair Statement

Leadership Tallahassee is an organization created in 1983 as a yearlong program targeted at educating rising leaders in our community, about the many facets of life in Tallahassee. The mission of LT is to provide a diverse network of informed leaders for our community, ready to face the challenges of today and the future. LT has met and is continuing to meet this goal. Today many LT graduates are in leadership positions throughout our business community, our social outreach programs (nonprofit organizations) and our local and state governments, as evidenced by the presence of 7 LT graduates on the current City and County Commissions, and 2 current State Representatives. In addition, LT graduates have served in many varied positions in all areas of state and local government. 

From LT’s modest beginnings of 28 participants selected at large from the community, the program has grown to develop a more formal selection process to assure a more diverse cross section of our community along the lines of gender, age, race, ethnicity, profession and interest. Class sizes are currently limited to 35-40 participants, although commitment to the program and its high standards remain a top priority.

LT’s large number of active alumni (currently 450 active members out of around  900 graduates) gives the program a large pool of volunteers and leaders to draw from, as a base to expand its primary mission of educating leaders for our community. These leaders give back to the LT program and to the community by helping to plan, fund and execute the ongoing LT programs: Adult LT, Youth LT, Opportunity Tallahassee, Building Better Boards and the Distinguished Leadership Awards.  
Today LT continues to look for ways in which to further its mission despite the current state of the economy, and the resultant dwindling of sponsorships and donations. These efforts include partnering with other organizations to provide programs and services to reduce costs, and expanding our offerings to appeal to a broader array of community leaders. These offerings have included the Community Leadership Conference, an event featuring workshops and speakers focused on leadership topics, and a seminar to educate community leaders on the requirements and processes involved with running for public office and serving on governmental advisory boards or committees.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement Leadership Tallahassee has provided program participants with a platform to become more aware of the assets and challenges in our community. Using a relationship building model, participants from all sectors of the community come together to learn about the community, their classmates and themselves through a series of life-changing experiences. At the end of the program year, participants consider how they will then integrate the information they have gained through the year to make the community better. The list of Leadership Alumni is a "who's who" of the movers and shakers in the community, many who have stepped up as a result of participating in a Leadership Tallahassee program. Individual Leadership classes stay connected to each other and the rest of the Alumni and encourage others to apply, stating that  "Leadership Tallahassee is one of the '10 Best Things' you can do as an adult".
Leadership Tallahassee is a 12-month program that showcases our community. It is comprised of a diverse network of leaders and community volunteers who are committed to shaping our community, both economically and socially, while building and expanding their network. The goals of the LT Class program are:
  • To build a network of community trustees who have enhanced their leadership skills through shared perspectives and working together
  • To develop an awareness of the challenges and opportunities in the community by examining major issues
  • To interact with both emerging and established community leaders 
  • To become educated and motivated to assume leadership roles in the community
Budget $88,438.00
Category Community Development, General/Other Organizational Development & Training
Population Served Adults, ,
Short Term Success
Each Class develops and implements a Class project. Some examples of projects are: 
  • Hope Community Playground,
  • Student Scholarship at Tallahassee Community College,
  • Youth Leadership Tallahassee,
  • refurbish a City of Tallahassee pocket park,
  • create the Griffin Middle School Courtyard Garden,
  • Habitat for Humanity home build, and
  • LT 2.0 - a continuation of community leadership programming and service for LT Graduates.

Class members are tapped to serve on various City, County and School Board Advisory Committees, and participate in giving back to the LT organization itself by planning and implementing future programming.

Long term Success
Over the program's 30 year history, each LT Class contributes to the community by taking the established relationships and heightened community awareness back to the various segments of the community where they have influence or the potential to make change as community leaders. The program has evolved to produce leaders who step up when asked, and follow through on the commitment to make Tallahassee and the surrounding area better.
There are several elected officials and judges who, having gone through the program, stepped up to serve in the public arena.  Another result is additional programming has been created to increase LT's ability to cultivate leadership, i.e. Youth Leadership Tallahassee, the Distinguished Leadership Awards, Building Better Boards and Opportunity Tallahassee.
Program Success Monitored By
Participant surveys are used at each program day for Leadership Tallahassee, and an overall end of year evaluation is generated. Committee volunteers debrief after each major event and make recoomendations for the next year. Our members are asked for feedback through electronic surveys, and we participate in community dialogue to determine areas not only for improvement, but to meet additional needs for community leadership programming. 
Examples of Program Success
Our reach goes beyond Tallahassee, and in this year's LT Class 30, a member who is from a neighboring county shared how the program has strengthened his commitment to the area, through the shared experiences with classmates who represent various diverse sectors of the region.  He stated, "LT XXX, I am proud to be part of this class. You force me to think beyond my own realm and immediate relevance. You do so with good-hearted discussion, thoughtful inquiry and polite conviction."
Description Year-long program bringing together a diverse group of high-school juniors from public and private schools in Tallahassee, who have demonstrated leadership potential in formal and informal situations, and preparing them to become ethical leaders committed to active community involvement.

Students attend a series of sessions offered between July and April including an opening retreat, six program days, graduation, a class project and an opportunity to serve on a community organization’s board of directors.

The program focuses on team building and defining what leadership is. Students have an opportunity to explore a personal philosophy of leading and leadership, and gain valuable insight into community issues and challenges. Interaction with classmates and community leaders throughout the year helps foster life-long bonds.

Budget $27,553.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short Term Success
The Youth Leadership Tallahassee participants have a greater appreciation for the community and begin to commit to serving at school, in their neighborhood or church in a deeper and more meaninful way i.e., serving as the student representative on the Leon County School Board or creating a fundraising project for a local hospital cancer center. Many have taken on those leadership roles because of the knowledge and skills they learned during their class year. 
Long term Success
Youth Leadership participants have the distinct advantage of having the community as their classroom. While it is our hope that most will stay in the area and contribute in various ways to improve the Tallahassee areas, we know that many graduates may end up heading to other parts of the country for work or college. Either way, they will go with the confidence that wherever they end up, they will have those additional community leadership skills that they may take and use to improve the community in which they may now live. 
Program Success Monitored By
Participants complete evaluations after each program day, and an overall end of program year evaluation is generated. Adult volunteers observe each program and provide feedback for the next year's planning committees. YLT graduates and participants are asked to be part of various focus groups, as individuals who are more aware of issues and needs in the community.  Applications submitted for the YLT program have increased every year, as graduates spread the word about this unique community leadership program.
Examples of Program Success
One YLT class participant recently participated in the required Tallahassee Police Department ride-a-long and had these comments:  "Overall I enjoyed myself and it changed my whole perception about police. They are normal people, just like me and you, who have families, priorities and responsibilities. Today I learned that when seeking a career don't endure the money but endure the passion. He showed me that success is in our hands and we can be absolutely just what we want to be if we give it our all. Thank you for the opportunity."
Description Building Better Boards is a training seminar designed by Leadership Tallahassee for novice and veteran not-for-profit board members and staff, as well as agency professionals. The interactive seminar assists in making organizations more successful through valuable information and resource materials. Training topics range from fundraising tips and legal obligations to governance and strategic planning.   In addition to the annual seminar, Leadership Tallahassee also offers quarterly workshops for new board members, "Building Better Boards:  The Basics".
Budget $12,000.00
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Volunteer Training & Placement
Population Served Adults, ,
Short Term Success
Trained board members are more willing to serve on boards when asked.  Non-profits are able to diversify their board membership, and obtain fresh ideas and new perspectives to assist their organization in providing services to the community.
Long term Success
Building Better Boards has trained hundreds of both professional and volunteer nonprofit community leaders in the best practices of boardsmanship and governance. These trained leaders have used their new-found skills to make sound, ethical decisions about finance, strategic planning, and program implementation and evaluation in the non-profit arena that will have an impact for many, many years.
Program Success Monitored By
Participant surveys after the event, volunteer planning committee feedback, and community organiztion dialogue are used in developing Building Better Boards each year. Attendance numbers continue to go up each year as well.
Examples of Program Success
Requests are made in between Building Better Board sessions for more frequent training. Participants have asked to be placed in a "board bank" so that non-profits can recruit these trained leaders to serve on their boards.

The award ceremony recognizes individuals who have made
contributions to the Tallahassee community through substantive achievements in the career and community arenas. Four Awards are presented during the event:





The event is our major community fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting Youth Leadership Tallahssee. Sponsorships are available at various levels.
Budget $64,840.00
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Community Service
Population Served Adults, ,
Program Success Monitored By
Community feedback, fundraising goals
Description LeaderBoard is an organization/volunteer leader matching service offered by Leadership Tallahassee.  It is a place for a variety of non profit organizations of any size to identify community leaders interested in giving back and getting involved at a higher level through board service.  Agencies register their anticipated board candidate needs and individuals provide information regarding their interest and expertise as well as availability to serve on a board of directors.
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Short Term Success Short-term success will be achieved when a successful match has been made, i.e., an agency selects a board member to review and invite to serve on their governing board and the individual excepts.
Long term Success The LeaderBoard fills a long identified need of agencies to identify trained board members.  Leadership Tallahassee has historically provided board training and now can assist with matching these individuals with agencies in need of board leadership.
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored by the frequency of activity at the LeaderBoard site.  New agencies have been added weekly and we will consider it to be even more of a success as we add increasing numbers of qualified individuals who want to be considered for board service.
Examples of Program Success
20 agencies registered
35 individuals registered
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair George Smith
Company Affiliation Bryant Miller & Olive, P.A.
Term July 2014 to June 2015
Board Members
Kathy Bell Coloney Bell Engineering
Debbie Bergstrom Breeze FL Department of Agriculture
Elaine Bryant EW Bryant & Associates
Sue Dick Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
Brian Fairhurst Florida State University
R. Jai Gillum United Way of the Big Bend
Ben Graybar Tallahassee State Bank
Andre Holmes Jefferson Holmes, LLC
Cathy Jones Leon County Government
Kim Kelling-Engstrom WFSU
Mike LePorin Tri Eagle Sales
Nan O'Kelley Redwire/Sonitrol
Martha Olive Hall Attorney and Community Volunteer
Kelly Otte PACE for Girls Leon
Kenneth Pratt Florida Bankers Association
Kim Smiley Centennial Bank
George Smith Bryant Miller & Olive
Marcia Thornberry Creative Design Solutions, Inc.
Melissa VanSickle Clark Partington P.A.
Adam Watson Watson & Associates, PA CPAs
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 77%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 95%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments
Leadership Tallahassee (LT) was created in 1983 as an affiliate program of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and its office is housed at the Chamber. LT receives fiscal and management oversight from the Chamber. For example, the Leadership Tallahassee audited financial statements are included in the overall Chamber audit document. The Leadership Tallahassee Executive Director also serves as the Chamber's Vice President of Community Outreach. 
In addition, the Chamber President, Chair of the Board, Executive Vice President, Finance & Operations and Treasurer work with the Leadership Tallahasee Board Chair, Chair-elect and Treasurer to review annually the proposed LT budget and program of work. The LT staff coordinates all calendars, fundraising activities and marketing plans with various Chamber staff members and are periodically called upon to support the programs and events of the Chamber. Over the years, LT and the Chamber have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship, building on the long-standing reputation in the community as organizations that improve the quality of life for all.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Barbara S. Boone
Term Start July 2003
Email bboone@talchamber.com
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 300
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CEO Comments
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2013
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Leadership Tallahassee has collaborated with many organizations, including the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Tallahassee Community College, Leon County Public Schools, City of Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation, the Junior League of Tallahassee, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend, The Village Square, the League of Women Voters, United Partners for Human Services, and the Oasis Center for Women and Girls.
Celebration of Human Services Leadership Achievement AwardUnited Partners for Human Services2009
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $312,679.00
Projected Expenses $312,679.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Form 990s
YE 9902013
YE 9902012
YE 9902011
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$235,009$231,800$225,906
Administration Expense$21,992$18,140$26,104
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.001.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%93%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$227,198$204,203$209,904
Current Assets$208,190$191,203$196,538
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$116,248$91,543$97,290
Total Net Assets$110,950$112,660$112,614
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.792.092.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Organization Comments
Leadership Tallahassee is audited as an affiliate program of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, along with the Chamber and 2 other entities that are not part of Leadership Tallahassee. The audit document was not provided since it contains information that is not public. After consulting with Community Foundation staff, we have provided the Statement of Financial Position and the Budget Actuals for the 3 most recent fiscal years, in lieu of providing the Audits. 
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the Form 990's.
  • Contributions from foundations, corporations, governments and indirect support are included with total for individuals, as they are not separated in the 990s.
  • This organization's financial statements are audited as a part of the Greater Tallahassee Chambers's Audit. However, in-house financial statements were provided to the Foundation (not audited financials), since the audit includes information about other organizations, which is not public. We were not able to confirm whether the audit included an unqualified opinion.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in a 990.
  • Has an Endowment at the Community Foundation.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Additional Comments
Leadership Tallahassee is a division of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. For the Whistle Blower and Document Retention policies, we are governed by the Chamber's policies. 
Nonprofit Leadership Tallahassee, Inc.
Address PO Box 1639
c/o Barbara Boone
Tallahassee, FL 32302
Primary Phone 850 521-3112
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
Contact Email bboone@talchamber.com
CEO/Executive Director Barbara S. Boone
Board Chair George Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bryant Miller & Olive, P.A.
Year of Incorporation 2004