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It was a full house at our semi-finalists session on Tues!
Lots of energy and great questions. Full Proposals coming in on Sept 25th.
Our grantmaking cycle is definitely in full swing!

And 50 of our members know this intimately. They have selected the 15 semi-finalists listed below from 153 Letters of Interest. Explore these extraordinary community organizations. 
This list will be winnowed down to five finalists for our November vote. 


ARTS & CULTURE : My Voice Music,  Artist Mentorship Program/ CoHo ProductionsArt Access Initiative/ Write Around Portland, Writing for Social Change

Ecotrust, Green Workforce Collaborative/  Tualatin Riverkeepers, Creating new voices for water justice in the Tualatin River Watershed/ Xerces Society for Invertebrate ConservationConserving Portland's Pollinators

Dental Foundation of OregonThe Tooth Taxi/  Friends of Zenger FarmCSA Partnerships for Health Expansion/ Urban GleanersFood First: Fighting Childhood Hunger in Washington County

Mercy Corps NorthwestL.I.F.E. (Lifelong Information For Entrepreneurs) Program/ MetroEast Community Media, Rockwood Digital Inclusion & Youth/ Oregon BRAVO Youth OrchestrasBRAVO Clarendon Expansion

Black Parent InitiativePre-Birth through First 1000 Days Initiative/ Call to Safety, Reach from Stability/ Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Diversion for Homeless Families
$253,000 will be awarded in 2017!! (More than twice as much as last year because we have 253 girlfriends.) Of the five finalists, two will receive $100,000 Impact Awards and three will receive $17,666 Finalist Awards. 

"I am very interested in the organizations we choose to support and how to make them each a success. I am involved because I want to see the societal issues front and center,"
-comment from our member survey

Sept 5th - Giving Wisely: A chat with Chris Grumm

How do we each make our decisions about our personal philanthropic investments in project, organizations, causes? Join us Sept 5th for a chat with social change leader Chris Grumm. Bring your laptop or tablet. This is interactive and fun! Free to members and friends. September 5, 2017 at Mercy Corps Action Center
45 SW Ankeny, 5pm-7pm.

60 members coming already! Please Click her to RSVP
What's Your Personal Giving Style?

So you want to read a non-profit financial statement?
Erin and Deborah will show you how!
Thursday, Sept 28th, noon - 1:30pm, NW Health Foundation
Financial statements from a nonprofit tell a story, and provide roadmaps for decisions. We'll practice looking for indicators of nonprofit health, and answer questions about the reports that you may see as a donor or a board member. Learn terms and tools for nonprofit financial reporting. Whether you are a beginner or have some background in finance, join us. Led by our very own Erin Zollenkopf, Managing Partner at Susan Matlack Jones & Associates, (a firm specializing in accounting for nonprofit organizations), and our co-founder Deborah Edward, non-profit board trainer. Feel free to bring a friend. 
Random Repasts have been a blast! 

Almost 70 members are getting to know their fellow girlfriends by attending intimate gatherings in other member's homes. Dubbed "Random" Repasts -- because participants signed up without knowing the names of hosts or fellow guests -- these events give members an opportunity to deepen their connection in an informal setting ranging from 6-12 guests. Six of seven events have taken place! One more to go. Thanks to hosts Lyn, Piper, Christy, Joan, Jeri, Halle, Heidi and Holly.  Special thanks to Heidi Y. and Deborah K. for suggesting and organizing the whole program. 
"I have always been in fields dominated by men, and have rarely had girlfriends in my life. I love the giving part. But I also really value the potential of the girlfriends part." -comment from our member survey
Meet the ninety-nine girlfriends 2017 fellows

Three amazing women have joined us as fellows this year! The criteria for fellows are to be under 35, make a three year commitment, join a committee, have an interest in philanthropy and provide a unique voice. Thanks to all members and friends who support our fellows fund.
Candace Johnson loves the region for the outdoors, eating at restaurants and food carts, and for being able to experience the four seasons in the year, Summer and Fall are her favorite. She spends her spare time connecting with loved ones and reading books. About ninety girlfriends : "I've been so impressed by the breadth of knowledge that each and every member possesses. Even though I only just recently became a fellow, everyone has welcomed me with open arms and I've already had a chance to grab coffee, go to happy hour or schedule lunch dates with several members to learn more about their passion for giving back." Thanks for serving on our Health & Wellness grant review team, Candace!
Cleo Tung loves the generous spirit of our region. "The level of civic engagement and activism, voluntarism, and giving that I see in our community is a powerful testament to that." She also loves its natural beauty and outdoor activities. She enjoys cooking the Taiwanese dishes she grew up eating and just signed up for motorcycle class! About ninety-nine girlfriends: "Collective giving circles like ninety-nine girlfriends are demonstrating that philanthropy can be practiced among all community members and that it doesn’t always have to be a top down approach...I'm excited to be a part of this movement and am honored to be an inaugural fellow." Cleo will be working with our events team.
Molly Gray loves the access to nature, mushroom foraging and camping that the region offers. She appreciates that there are so many non-profits here that people bring creativity to everything "from protest signs to philanthropy." She is currently two years in to building a tiny house (follow her progress here) and enjoys spending time with her puppy Pretzel. About ninety-nine girlfriends: I think the movement towards a democratic, community-based model of philanthropy is an important shift that will continue to engage more people in giving and build a stronger support network for our local nonprofits. I am excited to see what this amazing group of women can do, and I am grateful for the opportunity to participate as a ninety-nine girlfriend fellow." Look for Molly on our Arts & Culture grant review team. 

Grantmaking Resources

Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network offers free webinars
Starting in September on the second Tuesday of each month and going through May, from 9am to 10am 99 girlfriends members can learn about organizational growth, measuring impact, motivating volunteers,creating a communications strategy and much more!

To register and find a list of courses go here: 

"I think of 99GF as philanthropy grad school." - comment from our member survey

Mark Your Calendars

Tuesday, Sept 5th, Wiser Giving with Chris Grumm

Thursday, Sept 28th, noon - 1:30pm, NW Health Foundation

Monday, Nov 13th
  Meet the Finalists  at The Old Church, downtown Portland, 5:30pm

November 13-21st  Online voting. One woman = one vote.  Please vote! 

Wednesday, Dec 6th  Impact Awards Presentation and Celebration, at The Evergreen, 6pm-8pm

And if you haven't filled out our member survey this summer, click here and let our Events and Education teams know what topics you'd like to learn more about, what times are best for you to meet, etc. Get your comments in. 

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

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