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We're at it again! 401 girlfriends strong!
Our women's collective giving group continues into a third year.
In 2018 we are gifting $401,000 to local non-profits.

Thank you girlfriends!!!
nonprofits submitted initial applications  
Grant Review Teams have hit the ground running
More than 100 nonprofit leaders attended our May information sessions. After that, many more reached out asking about our application process. We're excited about the response to date.
70 girlfriends have volunteered to manage the entire grantmaking process - from reaching out to potential applicants, screening for eligibility, organizing and training grant review teams, systematically reviewing applications in our Five Focus Areas and conducting a financial review of the applications. 
Grant Review Teams are comprised of both new and seasoned girlfriends.

A GIANT shout-out to Grant Review Team members and
Grants Steering Committee co-leaders Pip & Michelle!  
Here's how it works this year.  WOW!!!
Ninety-nine girlfriends hosted
two New Member Orientations.    
Talk about an interesting group of girlfriends!
Our Fellows Program invites young women ages 20-35 to bring diverse voices and perspectives to our collective giving grantmaking.  
Learn more about the Fellows Program.
2017 Fellows - Cleo, Candace & Molly...
(We are wishing Candace good luck with her recent move to California!)
...are joined by 2018 Fellows 
Azul, Emma & Tong 

Special Thanks to our Fellows Sponsors! You know who you are.

garden party!

Join other ninety-nine girlfriends for a gathering of merriment, art, and music 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 6 PM

We'll start in the garden with drinks and appetizers at the old bordello built in 1883, then wander across the street for dinner, art, and entertainment in the garden of one of the original grand old farmhouses on Mt. Tabor. Originally built on two quarter-sections (500 acres) in 1878, this was also a stagecoach stop, where the horses, on their way to the Columbia River from Foster Road, would drink at the well on the property, while their weary riders took refuge in the hotel/bordello across the road.

$20/person (covers food/beverages/entertainment) plus $2.50 service charge. Don’t let cost be an issue. We have several free tickets because due to a member’s sponsorship. See our Member Events Calendar on our website for details. 

If you signed up for a Surprise Summer Social, an intimate gathering at a members home, the “surprise” will be revealed by July 1. You'll learn who your member host is and which girlfriends will be sharing in the social. Stay tuned for an email from Heidi Yorkshire. 
We are updating our Member Directory.  
This is a resource for members only.  
We never share member information outside the organization.
Instructions will be emailed soon.  
Keep an eye out! 
Ninety-nine girlfriends Job Board
Join our ever-growing team of volunteers. We work hard and have FUN.  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: Social Media Helpers
Do you enjoy social media? Would you like to make regular posts that are in keeping with the themes, brand and tone of ninety-nine girlfriends? Contact Trish 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, attend 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: 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: 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
How the heck do I sign up for these events?
See our Member Events Calendar on our website for details. 
July - September  - Surprise Summer Socials  
Just for fun, members host small-group socials in their homes. You select the date and then will be invited to a dinner, happy hour, or brunch with a "random" group of girlfriends. It's always a surprise as to who you'll be dining with! (The open invite closed June 25th)

August 1 - Garden Party 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
6:00 PM  - 10:00 PM
SE Portland 

This promises to be an evening of merriment, art, and music with other ninety-nine girlfriends,

October 2 - Workshop: How to Read Nonprofit Financial Statements
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
11:30 AM  1:30 PM
Northwest Health Foundation 

Financial statements from a nonprofit tell a story, and provide roadmaps for decisions.  This is a fun hands-on  interactive workshop on reading and learning about nonprofit financial statements.  Bring your own lunch. No cost. 

October 12  -  Discovery Forum: How does ninety-nine girlfriends fit into our community's philanthropic landscape?
Friday, October 12, 2018
11:30 AM  -  1:30 PM
The White Stag Block, 70 Northwest Couch Street

Once a year we have a Discovery Forum to deepen our understanding of community and philanthropy. This year we are learning about the giving community  in our four-county region.. Cost: $16/pp (covers facilities and a box lunch for you.).

November 14 - Meet the Finalists!
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location TBD
If you only attend one ninety-nine girlfriends event all year, this is the one! Meet the finalists and decide how you will vote. This is an exciting and fun- filled evening that includes a potluck of heavy appetizers. No-host bar. No cost.

December 4 - Awards Celebration and Holiday Party.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 
Location: TBD
6:00 PM  8:00 PM
Join ninety-nine girlfriends as we celebrate our success and meet the three Impact Award winners! This is a great event to bring a girlfriend who may be interested in joining us in 2019.. Buffet dinner. Cost $27 per guest. No cost to members.   
Deborah Edward will be co-leading a session on recognizing and reducing implicit bias in grantmaking at the national conference for the Women's Collective Giving Grantmaking Network in Philadelphia Oct 21-26. She would love to have more girlfriends attend. There is lots to learn from the 56 other collective giving groups in the network.  
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

Ninety-nine girlfriends' tremendous 2017 Award Winners
 $100,000 each to: Portland Homeless Family Solutions and Urban Gleaners
$17,666 each to: My Voice MusicMetro East Digital Youth Inclusion, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation 
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