About Laurie Herrick and
Laurie Herrick is a fundraising consultant and entrepreneur with over twenty years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. The emphasis of Laurie’s work is creating fundraising breakthroughs by empowering leaders to build a healthy Culture of Philanthropy within their organizations. It is through this culture change that Laurie fulfills her personal mission to make positive social change.
Laurie has served in numerous professional and volunteer roles. She’s been a Development Director, Executive Director, board member and Board Chair of a variety of not-for-profit organizations. These experiences led to her profound awareness of the challenges they were facing. One of the noteworthy obstacles she identified in her role as a consultant was the way the culture, and specifically a destructive mindset of scarcity, was getting in the way of fundraising success. She built a coaching approach that addressed this mindset and trains organizational leaders to engineer a culture that is more intentional and grows from a mindset of abundance.
Laurie founded Rainmaker Consulting in 2003 (www.rainmkr.com). Since inception, Laurie and the Rainmaker Consulting team have empowered hundreds of organizations in their individual journeys toward building healthy organizational Cultures of Philanthropy—the proven key to successful and sustainable fundraising.
In 2010, Laurie launched a professional development course (called GIFT) for fundraising professionals employed by grantee organizations of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. It became apparent that the magic formula for breakthrough fundraising success was to not just depend on the development professional to design and make the intended culture change, but for a team of leaders to take it on together.
As a result of this insight, a team-approach course was piloted: GIFT Leadership Institute. Participating organizations were required to bring a committed team of leaders—including Executive Directors, development professionals and board members—to together build a healthy Culture of Philanthropy. The results have been astounding.
Rainmaker Consulting has adopted this team approach in their consulting, training and coaching in fundraising, board development and strategic planning. Rainmaker Consulting offers the following services that incorporate a Culture of Philanthropy:
- The Choose Abundance Academy—virtual and in-person courses to add deeper
learning to your Culture of Philanthropy journey. You can select Choose
Abundance Fundamentals, Choose Abundance Seminar or Integrated
Abundance coaching, customized for your organization.
- Consulting Services—in fundraising, board development and strategic
planning, all with a focus on creating a Culture of Philanthropy.
- Capital Campaign Coaching and Support—walking campaign leaders through
Feasibility Interviews, goal-setting, donor strategies, campaign planning and
To learn about Laurie Herrick and Rainmaker Consulting, go to www.rainmkr.com
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Invite Laurie to inspire and motivate your association, conference attendees or team. With more than 25 years of experience as a workshop and plenary speaker, consultant, fundraising coach and organizational leader, Laurie brings firsthand stories of lessons learned, breakdowns and breakthroughs and a contagious enthusiasm to everything she does. Laurie Herrick loves fundraising and empowering not-for-profits to fulfill their missions. As a speaker she will help your agency embrace development and access the readily available abundance surrounding it.
Tapping into her recently published book, Choose Abundance: Powerful Fundraising for Nonprofits, A Culture of Philanthropy, Laurie will share practical steps to build a game-changing Culture of Philanthropy. While many authors and consultants teach the process of fundraising, few address the important, yet often-overlooked culture of the organization, and how it can either enhance or thwart your fundraising success. Laurie’s Culture of Philanthropy thought leadership and documented success is groundbreaking and accessible to your organization.
Laurie is experienced in many areas and is happy to present on many topics including one she's crafted with you, specifically for your organization and audience.
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