We’re seasoned leaders like you

Here to enhance your mission

As a nonprofit leader, you’re up to something big. Every day, you and your team work hard to make the world a better place. You believe in the power of your mission to change peoples’ lives, and, yes, you are making a difference. It lights you up.

We get it—because each of us at Rainmaker has been in your seat. Whether you’re an executive director, development director, or a board member—we’ve been there. And that’s why we can help you find the ways to work smarter, build a Culture of Philanthropy, and achieve your organization’s boldest vision.

We’re four dynamic and passionate coaches with collective experience in local, national, and international NGOs in areas that include—but are certainly not limited to—education, the arts, human services, faith, political and progressive advocacy, foundations, hunger and poverty, and gender equity.

We’re experts in Fundraising Strategy, Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, and Foundation Strategies. Since 2002, we have helped hundreds of organizations collectively raise over $250 million. We can empower your board and staff to imagine dynamic goals that are attainable and relevant.

We’ll start by simply getting to know you, your organization, and your team.


Laurie Herrick, Founder and President, has a passion for the nonprofit world that began with activism around ending hunger and poverty and led to excellence in coaching and training leadership teams. She’s an adept listener and in her leisure time, a lover of outdoor adventures and sports.


Beth Spong, Vice President, is a well-regarded catalyst for change with an extensive history as a nonprofit leader, entrepreneur, and trainer. She is witty, insightful, and accomplished in all her pursuits.


Eric Phelps, Principal, can crack a joke or turn a phrase, but his heart and mind are committed to the intricacies of executive leadership. His experience includes work with numerous nonprofits, foundations, and businesses across a wide variety of sectors.


David Sharken, Principal, has a diverse background in nonprofit leadership. He’s steady, thorough, and leads with clear vision, skill, and experience.  David relishes being outdoors in all seasons and loves being a grandparent.

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