As of 2024, Rain City Soccer Club is officially a 501c3!
501(c)(3) organizations are nonprofit groups with a dedicated mission. Many people use these terms interchangeably: nonprofit, charity, exempt organization, and 501(c)(3). A required aspect of a 501(c)(3) that differentiates from every other type of 501 – and why (c)(3) is the hardest status to attain) – is building and maintaining a profitable revenue stream while also executing mission-driven and giving-back programs in our area that cater to our demographic.
Rain City Soccer Club (RCSC) is proud to be a 501(c)(3) organization that operates in the greater Seattle area (King County). A defining aspect of the club has always been a commitment back to our local community, long before we were ever a non-profit; this is our mission and purpose. Giving back is what we do. But non-profit status is ground breaking for us, it allows us to launch and develop plans for our community like never before. What this means for our club and our members is that we are now able to start applying for grants and scholarships that create financial assistance programs. Volunteer hours and donations can now be tax deductible and corporate-matched, we can also apply for sponsorships, grants, and federal assistance money to continue helping to grow our club and create a space free of financial barriers to access!
Have ideas for a program, a community event, passion project, or volunteer organization dear to you that could use our help: let us know here!
Kickabout – low fund program designed to provide a low-cost access model to weekly scrimmages regardless of skill level while implementing gender-free language and team-building
Skills Clinic – free, no-cost model tailored specifically for new or returning players interested in building skills proficiency in an environment of inclusivity
Ballard FC inclusivity training – outreach DEI training program connected to BFC Foundation work on impacting youth in soccer
Kicking Out Transphobia – no-cost model event exclusively for those facing barriers in gendered sports spaces built to challenge the belief that gender impacts sports
Seattle Pride Parade – annual parade designed to model and celebrate queer diversity in the Seattle area, a fun and inclusive way for the club to amplify and celebrate our history
Friendly Tournament Financial Assistance – sliding scale financial assistant model to cover registration costs to offset financial barriers to access
PRIDE Season Financial Assistance – sliding scale financial assistant model to cover registration, commuting, jersey, and equipment costs to offset financial barriers to access
Program Fundraisers – funds scholarships for equipment, field access, supporting/highlighting local queer organizations,
Sibling Club Partnerships – build inclusion and networking at non-RCSC events on a national/international scale to foster relationships and spread awareness
Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center (formerly Gay City) – ongoing partnership with donating time and energy back to our local community through education and resource access
RCSC is proud to partner with YouthCare, a local organization that provides support & services to Seattle’s homeless youth, 1/3 of who identify as LGBTQ. YouthCare’s mission is to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential.
In early 2021, RCSC members held an initiative to raise funds to buy, cook, and deliver meals to one of YouthCare’s shelters on a monthly basis. Donations enabled the club to feed wholesome and nutritious meals to Seattle’s homeless youth during the pandemic. RCSC strives to give back to communities that include at-risk LGBTQ youth, so they can have better opportunities to succeed.
RCSC partners with HomeStreet Bank each year for Seattle’s Pride festivities, raising awareness of our community. We are proud to be marching with HomeStreet Bank in the Pride parade and are happy to call HomeStreet the official bank of RCSC.