We see a world where everyone who wants to make a positive impact can have the tools, resources and connections to do so effectively.
Who are we? We are entrepreneurs, social innovators, charity sector experts, passionate storytellers, authors, relationship builders and investors coming together to challenge the status quo within the charity sector.
We do this by working at the sector level and individually with charities on the ground. Creating an ecosystem that enables charities to be more effective, amplify their impact and to become sustainable by deploying the best of innovation, technology and entrepreneurial energy.
We see a world where everyone who wants to make a positive impact can have the tools, resources and connections to do so effectively. We facilitate our community of Rainmakers to work with, empower and inspire those making change in their corners of the world.
We don’t shy away from risks, we aim to try new things, welcome the unknown and seek to learn from our failures.
We strongly believe that together we can achieve more. In everything we do we don’t compete, we collaborate.
We value kindness and generosity, and work to bring them to life in our culture and relationships.
We know we can be of better service when we invest in our own development and when we nurture our curiosity.
Prior to joining us Cosmina co-founded an accelerator in Washington DC to support entrepreneurs that are building businesses at the intersection of purpose and profit. She is passionate about the transformative potential of entrepreneurship and is excited to bring her experience to our cohort charities. Cosmina is the co-author of “How to Be a Leader”, published by MacMillan and The School of Life.
Jess began at the BBC on Panorama, before moving to write about the general election for the Guardian in 2012. She was part of the team that launched the now global meditation app Headspace, before working on the successful same-sex marriage law reform campaign with Stonewall. She was in a team nominated for 4 industry awards for her social media strategy back at the BBC for a launch at Tate Britain. In her spare time she cycles (slowly) around different parts of Europe.
Ruty is our Charity Manager, she manages our network of charities and runs our Charity Accelerator. Passionate about connecting organisations with opportunities and supporting entrepreneurs in their development. After four years as Marketing Director in Historical Museums promoting ancient treasures and innovations she moved to promoting social entrepreneurs, delivering Deloitte Social Innovations Pioneers. Ruty is also an On Purpose Fellow and constantly longs for the Israeli summer.
Mike spent 11 years as the co-founder of the successful children’s charity Whizz-Kidz, raising £75M+ to provide mobility equipment for more than 7,500 disabled children in the UK. After successfully passing on the baton at Whizz-Kidz, Mike continues to advise numerous philanthropists and organisations on how best to structure their charitable giving and is the author of three books on Generosity.
Hollie Carr joined the Rainmaker Foundation from six years with IBM, where she was UK External Relations Manager for Global Technology Services, as well as previously managing Communications for IBM’s R+D & Innovation within the UK. Holly has won numerous industry awards, including IBM’s Marketing, Communications & Citizenship Excellence Award, and a finalist in Blackberry’s Women & Technology Awards.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu became our patron in 2013. A world renowned South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop, he rose to fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. His favourite quote of ours is on the concept of ‘ubuntu’. “Ubuntu is the essence of being a person. We can’t be fully human alone. Indeed, my humanity is caught up in your humanity, and when your humanity is enhanced mine is enhanced as well. We are made for interdependence”
An entrepreneur with a track record of numerous successful startups, he specialises in angel investing, startup execution and philanthropy. Neal sums up the Accelerator programme in three words: leverage; effective and rewarding.
Sharon is a senior director in banking, sitting on the executive committee of Barclaycard’s Global Payments Acceptance, a 1,000+ people organization that operates internationally. She also sit on the board of First Plus Group, a business she helped to divest from Barclays.
Steve is the COO of Tails.com but spent the past 8 years on the board at Innocent and before that at British Gas, Tesco and Kingfisher in senior roles with responsibility for various aspects of business operations. He’s happily married with two grown up children.