Director Of Leadership Giving
Leana Cianfoni is a highly creative and results-driven development professional with entrepreneurial passion, drive and vision for philanthropic causes. With more than seven years of experience building revenue and enhancing support bases for local not-for-profit organizations, Leana is committed to the growth and sustainability of Miami-Dade County’s philanthropic community. Leana has taken donor recognition and stewardship to award winning levels, but most importantly she implements creative, meaningful and scalable communications to deliver charitable impact to thousands of donors. From 2012 to 2016 Leana provided innovative solutions to donor retention and elevated stewardship at the University of Miami. She implemented online impact reports; created personalized stewardship communications; and retained annual leadership and loyal support from 10,000+ constituents. Leana was instrumental in the launch and development of a Loyalty Society to a community of over 170,000 alumni. Prior to her role at the University of Miami, Leana focused her talents at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as Leadership Programs Manager. She coordinated and delivered the Leadership Miami and Youth Leadership Miami programs to young professionals and high school student leaders while securing sponsorship support annually for both programs. She is currently serving her second year on the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Miami chapter and was recently nominated as president-elect. She received the Joyce Galya/Ralph Chamberlain scholarship award at the 2014 National Philanthropy Day Awards for her excellence in fundraising and service. Leana graduated from the University of North Florida in 2007 with a degree in public relations. She is a published author and contributed to the first photography book on Key Biscayne with renowned photographer Kiko Ricote, “Key Biscayne: Island Paradise.” As a native to Miami and a local Key Biscayne resident, Leana has seen the negative effects of climate change and sea level rise over the past 30 years in South Florida. She is dedicated to focusing her talents on environmental sustainability and conservation of the natural resources of the great state of Florida.