Welcome to our first newsletter. (Wow, we have a newsletter!) And there is so much to tell.
We have 117 members, 25 grant review team members, 15 semi-finalists and an exciting fall planned as we wrap up our first grantmaking cycle. Mark your calendars for Oct 10th, Nov 15th and Dec 7th. Also, we are introducing our amazing Treasurer, Erin Zollenkopf in this issue. Details below.
Thanks for participating in this grand experiment of collective giving.
-Jinx, Erin, Deborah and Eileen, your launch team
Thanks to our five Grant Review Teams
Twenty-five of your girlfriends have been hard at work this summer selecting 15 semi-finalists for our $100,000 Impact award. And they've done it! Click here to see the list of semi-finalists. Next they will be conducting site visits and select five finalists organizations. And we will vote in November for our $100,000 Impact Award winner. The remaining four finalists will each receive a $4250 Finalist Award. Thanks again to Pip, Maura, Jane, Marnie, Jennifer, Deborah, Heidi, Mary, Laura and Lisa for leading our five grant review teams!
Save the Date Discovery Forum for ninety-nine girlfriends Monday, Oct 10th. 8:00am - noon Nordia Center, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223 $22 for members. Free for potential members. Cost covers breakfast. Please bring girlfriends who may be interested in joining ninety-nine girlfriends Click here to register
Homelessness, Equity, Poverty, Youth Empowerment, Environmental collapse? What are the challenges in our region? How do we help create real change?
We have a tremendous group of community leaders who have volunteered to come speak to the ninety-nine girlfriends including:
Jesse Beason, NW Health Foundation Carmen Rubio, Latino Network
Rukayiah Adams, Meyer Memorial Trust Chris Grumm, Consulting
It takes a village to create a women's collective giving organization.
Thank you to Kate Merrill and Cargo for sponsoring our Discovery Forum.
Thank you to Greg Smith and Nordic Northwest for donating their beautiful space for this event.
Finally, special thanks to the ninety-nine girlfriends Education and Events Committees for putting together this Discovery Forum. (especially Kate, Jinx, Deborah, Linda, Gale, Chari, Robin, Stephanie, Morley, Mary, Tracy and Keeley)
Other Upcoming Events: Save the Dates
Tues, Nov 15th, 4:30-6:00pm - Meet the Finalists Come meet the five finalists for our $100,000 Impact Grant.
Wed, Dec 7th, 5pm - Annual Celebration We did it! Introducing our Impact Award winner.
Bring your girlfriends. We welcome potential members to our member events!
Meet our new Treasurer: Erin Zollenkopf
We are so lucky to have Erin as a member and now as our new Treasurer! She is the Managing Partner at Susan Matlack Jones & Associates. Her firm specializes in not-for-profit accounting and has over 70 clients. Erin is also coordinating the ninety-nine girlfriends financial review of our 15 semi-finalists proposals. In addition to all that she is a new mom. We are so excited to have her expertise and enthusiasm in our executive team.
Can you host a World Cafe Orientation meeting for potential members next year?
There is so much need in our community. We are hoping for 200 members next year. That would allow us to have two $100,000 grants in 2017. Can you open your home for an orientation meeting next year? Let Eileen know at email@example.com.
Ninety-nine girlfriends is an all volunteer effort. It is a collective endeavor built on friends inviting friends. We are grateful for the fiscal sponsorship of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington for hosting our project. Can a 117 women have real impact in our community? We believe we can.
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Please stay in touch by checking our website: www.ninetyninegirlfriends.com
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As always, you can reply directly to this email and we will get back to you!