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  About Gary Groth

Meet Gary

Training & Certification




Gary Groth, CPCC

I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach who was trained at the Coaches Training Institute. I have a passion for non-profit organizations and the incredible people who share this passion by working, volunteering and donating to the organizations that make our world a better place to live.

I draw on over twenty years of personal experience in non-profit fundraising, administration, volunteerism, and consulting to round out my professional coaching training and certification. My passion is to partner with non-profit leaders as they take on the huge challenges facing today’s philanthropic organizations and who work tirelessly to make the world a better place for others.

I have been a non-profit fundraiser for over twenty years and a consultant to non-profit organizations. My consulting practice has been in fundraising, board leadership development, and strategic planning and I have a national clientele. I have a great amount of experience working with “edgy” organizations (gay & lesbian, AIDS, gender rights). I have served on several governing boards and advisory boards.

My spouse Michael Hammerschmidt and I had a civil marriage ceremony in Massachusetts in April 2007 (we had a religious marriage ceremony ten years ago) and we raise an adopted Russian teenage son. Our family also includes two black cats and a dog (and I am solidly a “dog person”). I have traveled around the world and have lived in India where I worked with non-profit student activist groups while living in an Indian university governed by Gandhian philosophy of non-violence and self reliance. My experience living in India and traveling the world greatly informs my work as a coach.

For me, there is nothing better than ending a day of being with clients than walking on the beach in front of my house and collecting sea glass, hanging out with my son, cooking, listening to a great and diverse collection of music on albums and CDs, playing catch with the dog, reading, learning something new (I am currently learning to speak Hindi and how to crochet). I am a terrific cook, a fanof opera, am passionate about family genealogy and I am the keeper of my family archives of photos and documents. I am a Jew with a fascination and love for world religions, practices, beliefs, and cultures.

Passion for the extreme came later in my life. I am now an avid snowboarder and became a snowboarding instructor—including the half pipe and terrain park and I recently learned to surf while on vacation in Costa Rica! My son and I have also created a family tradition and bonding ritual of plunging into the frigid ocean on New Year’s morning (Michael takes the photos!). Great fun!

Please contact me if you are ready to make changes in your life and your organization and would like to schedule a complimentary sample session by phone to see if Gro(w)th Coaches is right for you.



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