Rainmakers Giving Circle

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

Court-Appointed Special Advocate/Prince George's County

Crittenton Services of Greater Washington

DC Abortion Fund: Healthy & Full Life Project

Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY)

FAIR Girls

Family Support Center: SISTERS

Girls, Inc. of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area

Girls on the Run, Northern Virginia

Horton's Kids


Kidsave: Weekend Miracles Program

Liberty's Promise

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

Transitional Housing Corporation (THC)

Washington Middle School for Girls

Wider Opportunities for Women

WVSA Arts Connection: ARTiculate Employment Training Program

Giving history: 2003-2014

2003 (Planning/start up year):  $30,000
2004:  $50,000
2005:  $39,500
2006:  $40,500
2007:  $42,500
2008:  $48,000
2009: $55,000
2010: $55,000
2012*: $49,000
2013: $63,000
2014: $71,050


*Due to a shift in the Rainmakers calendar, grants submitted in 2011 were actually awarded in 2012.

Additional information

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:

Nicole Cozier 
Chief of Strategic Operations
202.347.7737 ext. 203