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We're at it again!
Our women's collective giving experiment continues into our third year.
 Check out the upcoming events and volunteer opportunities below. 
Our 2018 Launch Lunch!!  Tuesday, April 17th, 11:30am
Miller Hall – World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road. $20/pp. RSVP

Our 2018 Launch Lunch  with Chris Grumm

Tuesday, April 17, 11:30am
Miller Hall – World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road

What's in store for ninety-nine girlfriends in 2018? How can we leverage our power and influence as women? Join us for our Lunch Launch!

For members and potential members. 
Bring a girlfriend, sister, daughter, neighbor or colleague.
(Price covers your boxed lunch, coffee/tea/water.) 
Get your ticket here.

Women, Power & Influence: It's our time

With the #Metoo and #TimesUp movements leading the way, women are naming and claiming our power. It's our time to lead in all aspects of change. How do you own your personal power to influence your world? How does ninety-nine girlfriends use its power? Join us in lively conversations led by Chris Grumm. 
RSVP and buy your ticket here.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors: Susan Matlock Jones and Associates, Old PDX Homes, Ferguson Wellman, and members Vicky Trabosh, Elizabeth King, Toya Fick. 

Manisha and Michelle are in! 
(So are 223 other women)

Have you joined for 2018 yet?

Our big audacious goal is 330 members in 2018!!

330 members will allow us to give THREE $100,000 Impact Awards
and two $15,000 Finalist Awards

Can we do it? 
That depends on all of us working together to build our membership!
This is collective giving in action. 


New This Year: Learning Labs for Members

What does the term "philanthropy" mean to you? How does ninety-nine girlfriends fit into the "philanthropy landscape" in our community? These are the learning questions we are asking this year. Our 90-minute Learning Labs set the stage for understanding personal and collective giving. 

All Learning Labs will be facilitated and will take place at members' homes on
Sunday, April 29; Tuesday, May 1; and Wednesday, May 2.

PHILANTHROPY BASICS is for members who want a friendly introduction to terms, facts, and trends in giving and grantmaking. 

PHILANTHROPY IN ACTION is for members who are ready to explore current topics and trends in philanthropy. 

Evites will be sent out soon. Click here to see details on dates, time and hosts. 

Our Job Board
Join our team of volunteers! Many members know about our grant review teams, but did you know there are lots of other ways to lend your talents to ninety-nine girlfriends? Check out the tasks below!

Wanted: Webmaster
Work with Communications and Tech Teams to make sure our website is lively and up to date. Contact Eileen at
Wanted: Mindful Minglers
Be on call for our events to make sure guests feel welcome, included and connected. Contact Tammy at

Wanted: Volunteer Manager for Events
For our larger events, many wonderful members volunteer to help set-up, take down and welcome guests. We need someone who can build a strong team of volunteers, attending the events and making sure all goes smoothly. Contact Jinx at

Wanted: Decorator for Events
Can you arrange flowers? Dress up walls with lights and posters? If so, our Events Team needs you! Come help us make sure our large events are beautiful. Contact Jinx at 
Wanted: Member Directory Interviewer
Spend time getting to know other girlfriends by helping us update member profiles for our directory. Contact Deborah at
Wanted: E-news Editor
We need a great copywriter to assemble our bi-monthly newsletter. This requires someone who has time to devote to learning all about the organization.  We will teach you Mailchimp. Contact Eileen at
Wanted: Philanthropy Journalist
Work with Member Education Committee members to interview key philanthropic leaders in our community in preparation for our Discovery Forum on June 12. Contact Deborah at
Wanted: Sponsor Coordinator
Work with Sponsor Team throughout the year to make sure sponsors are thoughtfully recognized, and, in the Fall, secure sponsors for events and programs for the following year. Contact Tammy at
Wanted: Fellows Program Manager
Work with Founding Fellows Team members to coordinate the 2018 Fellows Program. Manage application process, including outreach and selection process. Create programming for new and returning Fellows. Contact Tammy at

Wanted: Membership Helper
Can you write thank-you notes? Do you love connecting with new people? Help our Membership Committee with "connections-oriented" jobs for our members. Contact Jinx at

Upcoming Events - Full List

March 8 - Implicit Bias Workshop (Two more spots available. Contact
  • Thursday, March 8th, 8:30-2:30 at Mercy Corp
March to April - World Cafe Orientations for potential members
  • Sunday, Mar 18th, 4-5:30pm, co-hosts: Erin, Abby and Vicky. Held at Erin’s home, SE Portland. 
  • Sunday, Mar 25th, 4pm - 5:30pm, co-hosts: Jennifer and Kim, Camas, WA
  • Wed, Apr 4th, 7-8:30pm, co-hosts: Andra and Benna. Held at Andra’s home, SW Portland.
  • Wed, Apr 25th, 7-8:30pm, co-hosts: Kat and Penney. Held at Kat/Penney's home, N. Portland
March 15 - Grant Review Team info Session for members interested in joining a grant review team
  • Thursday, March 15, 6pm - 7:30pm, NE Portland
March 26 - Urban Gleaners Warehouse Tour (FULL)
  • Monday, March 26th, 10am-11am at Urban Gleaners
April 17 - 2018 ninety-nine girlfriends Launch Lunch with Chris Grumm
  • Tuesday, April 17th. Doors open at 11:30am. $20/pp for boxed lunch.
April 8 - Grant Review Team info Session for members interested in joining a grant review team
  • Sunday, April 8th, 11am - 12:30pm, NW Portland
April 29, May 1 & May 2 - Learning Labs
  • Both Philanthropy Basics and Philanthropy in Action will be offered each afternoon/ evening.

May 15 - New Member Orientations
  • Lunch-time option: 11:30am at NW Natural
  • Evening option: 6pm at Lagunitas 
June 12 - Discovery Forum
  • Tuesday, June 12th, 11:30-1:30pm, The White Stag Block
Sept 25 - Workshop: How to Read Nonprofit Financial Statements
  • Tuesday, Sept 25th, 11:30-1:30pm, NW Health Foundation
November 14 - Meet the Finalists!
  • Wednesday, November 14, 5:30pm, The Old Church
December 4 - Awards Celebration!
  • Tuesday, December 4th, 5:30pm, The Loft
How the heck do I sign up for these events? See our Member Events Calendar on our website for details. 

Homelessness: Did you know?

Brandi Tuck, Executive Director of Portland Family Homeless Solutions (our award winner), held a Solutions Salon for over 60 ninety-nine girlfriends members on Feb 28th. She left us with more understanding of the problems facing families as they find themselves homeless in our community. Special thanks to our member, Maura Koehler-Hanlon, for organizing the event and for sponsoring the tasty dinner!

Did you know:

1. On any given night in Portland, 4,000 moms, dads and kids don't have any place to sleep. 

2. You can trace the lack of affordable housing back to US domestic policy under President Reagan, when funding for the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development went from $89 billion/year to less than $20 billion a year. 

3. 4,427 students ages 5-18 experienced homelessness in Multnomah County schools last year. 

Lots more to learn at Portland Family Homeless Solutions information page. Click here. 

For more information, check out our super cool website at
Congratulations again to our tremendous 2017 Award Winners!!

Create inclusion with simple mindfulness that others might have a different reality from your own — Patti Digh

Ninety-nine girlfriends is an all volunteer effort. It is an organization built on friends inviting friends.
We are grateful to GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington for fiscal sponsorship 
of our project. 

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
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