What is the Giving Circle?

The Women’s Giving Circle is a diverse, dynamic and generous group of women engaged in an exciting venture of strategic philanthropy. It leverages the resources of individuals for greater impact by pooling members’ dollars and using the money to award microgrants to families of Rainbow Village.

Goals of the Women’s Giving Circle include:

  • Educate and increase awareness about family homelessness

  • Promote volunteerism and effective philanthropy

  • Fund micro-grants to Rainbow Village residents or alumni

  • Provide sustainable funding for the Aspire Residential Program and the Thrive Alumni Program

  • Networking and connecting with likeminded women

Better Together Event Series

The Women’s Giving Circle hosts quarterly events in an effort to accomplish the goals of the giving circle. These events include speakers, food & beverage, networking, games, prizes and usually a little something else to add to the fun!

Seeking Event Sponsors & Volunteers

Upcoming Events:

September 19,2024:
Better Together Series

Save the Date:

December 10,2024: Annual Award Ceremony

Check back for 2025 dates

2024 Better Together Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor: 

Join the Circle

What joining means?
Women’s Giving Circle supporters commit to donating a minimum of $1,000 annually to provide individualized Success Coaching for each resident at Rainbow Village.

Supporters also agree to collaborate, network, and connect to improve opportunities for the families we serve.

Supporters benefit from sharing the joy of giving together.

How will my contributions be used? 
Your donation provides Success Coaching for residents in the Aspire & Thrive programs at Rainbow Village which focuses on 5 core pillars leading to self-sufficiency: Family Stability, Well-being, Financial Management, Education and Training and Employment and Career.

A portion of each donation is allocated for micro grants that are awarded directly to residents or alumni through an application process. 

Women’s Giving Circle supporters are on a
12-month membership renewal cycle. Memberships are renewed on the anniversary of the original join date. 

Micro Grant Impact

Micro Grants are awarded to residents or alumni through an application process. The request must demonstrate how the microgrant funds will help them achieve success in one of the five core pillars of focus.

Family Stability
Financial Management
Education & Training
Employment & Career


2022 Recipient of the Inaugural Barbara Howard High Achiever Award


One: Barbara Howard High Achiever Award to a Resident

Thirty-One: 5 Pillar Grants were award to 27 Residents

  • (3) achieving family stability with assistance with obtaining a vehicle 
  • (19) achieving financial stability with by eliminating or reducing debt 
  • (1) improved well-being by accessing dental care 
  • (2) building credit with a secured credit card 
  • (6) achieving a 700 or higher credit score  


2023 Recipient of the Inaugural Barbara Howard High Achiever Award


One: Barbara Howard High Achiever Award to a Resident

Thirty-Eight: 5 Pillar Grants were award

  • 700+ Club Award Recipients:
    • (4) residents worked diligently to achieve a credit score of 700 or higher
  • ASPIRE Program Recipients:
    • (15) to help pay down debt
    • (2) to help pay medical bills
    • (1) for a secured credit card to help build credit
  • THRIVE Program Recipients:
    • (3) to help pay down debt
    • (3) to assist with transportation challenges
  • Neighborhood Cooperative Ministry Program Recipients (focused on at-risk families in the community):
    • (2) to help pay down debt
  • Thrive Beyond the Village Housing Award Recipients:
    • (7) to assist with housing beyond Rainbow Village’s borders

2023 Leadership Team

Marshall Barton, (Chair)

Michelle Livingstone

Mona Reiser Armstrong

Janis Martinez

Eleanor Morgan

Beth Hardy

Brittany Edwards

Sandy Barber

Allison Solodkin 

2023 Better Together Event Sponsors


For more information or questions please contact info@rainbowvillage.org.