Launched in 2003, the Rainmakers Giving Circle’s mission is to improve the lives of young women and girls in the Washington metropolitan area by supporting programs that foster their empowerment, self-esteem and ability to achieve their full potential. More specifically, the Rainmakers award grants to programs that encourage the development of healthy behaviors and the prevention of risk factors in this target population as well as those that increase their competence in such areas as education, health, interpersonal relations, financial management and employment.
The Circle operates on a two-year cycle. For each of those two years, members over age 35 commit to contribute $2,500 and members age 35 and under contribute $1,000.
To date, the Rainmakers have invested nearly $500,000 in nonprofits supporting young women and girls throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
For more information about Rainmakers, please click here for the most up-to-date fact sheet.
Grantee Partners funded by the Rainmakers Giving Circle
A Wider Circle: Well Mother, Well Baby Program
Children's National Medical Center: Teen Life Clubs
Crittenton Services of Greater Washington
DC Abortion Fund: Healthy & Full Life Project
Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY)
Family Support Center: SISTERS
Girls, Inc. of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area
Kidsave: Weekend Miracles Program
Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc.
Passion for Learning, Inc.
Prince George's Child Resource Center
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home
The Arts League: SOHO (Space of Her Own) Program
The Campagna Center
Washington Middle School for Girls
Wider Opportunities for Women
WVSA Arts Connection: ARTiculate Employment Training Program
2003 (Planning/start up year): $30,000
TOTAL GRANTMAKING: $472,500
*Due to a shift in the Rainmakers calendar, grants submitted in 2011 were actually awarded in 2012.
Reflections of a giving circle member on her experience with the Rainmakers
Personal story of how the Rainmakers inspired one member to get more involved with a Grantee Partner
New York Times profile
The Rainmakers Giving Circle is now recruiting for a new cycle! For more information about Rainmakers or to get involved, please contact:
Chief of Strategic Operations
202.347.7737 ext. 203