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Presenting 2018 ninety-nine girlfriends Finalist list to our Community!
$401,000 will be awarded to local nonprofits.
Members have already had a peek at the selections.
We are now very proud to share this exciting news with all of our community of friends.

Impact Award Finalists and Core Mission Runner-up nominees have been selected by the ninety-nine girlfriends Grant Review Teams. After careful vetting, the teams in each of our five focus areas narrowed the field, selecting one Impact Award Finalist and two Core Mission nominees to be presented to our entire membership for a vote. Voting will be open
November 14-20.

We respect each member's right to cast a personal ballot.
One woman - one ballot.
Please honor our no lobbying rule.
Special thanks to the Grants Steering Committee for spearheading this complex project!
In December we will announce our ten 2018 grantee partners.
Here's how it works:
The three Finalists receiving the most votes in the Impact Award category will each receive a $100,000 Impact Awards tethered to their project proposal.

To honor their hard work and creative project proposals, each of the two Finalists remaining in the the Impact Award category will receive a $20,000 unrestricted gift and the five Core Mission Runner-up Award winners each receive a $12,200 unrestricted gift.
The unrestricted gifts we award can be used in any way the organizations  see fit to advance their mission, and are not restricted to the funding projects described in their proposals.

Add it all up!
$401,000 to local nonprofits.

The Finalists by focus area are:
Many thanks to the members of our Arts and Culture Grant Review Team


Impact Award Finalist:  
August Wilson Red Door Project
Evolve: Using Theatre to Impact Public Safety in the City of Portland

Core Mission Award nominees:
BRAVO Youth Orchestras, BRAVO Sitton Program Launch
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, Journeys in Creativity
Many thanks to the members of our Education & Lifelong Learning Grant Review Team

Impact Award Finalist:
Transformational Education for Tomorrow's Leaders

Core Mission Award nominees:
Adelante Mujeres, Chicas Program: Building Latina Leaders
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., A Workshop for Working Women
Many thanks to the members of our Environment & Sustainability Grant Review Team


Impact Award Finalist:
Climate Change and Beavers - Worth a Dam!

Core Mission Award nominees:
Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Columbia Gorge
Many thanks to the members of our Family & Human Services Grant Review Team
Impact Award Finalist:
Red Lodge Transition Services
Healing the Sacred Hoop

Core Mission Award nominees:
CASA for Children, Inc., CASA Capacity Building
p:ear, Kitchen and Food Program
Many thanks to the members of our Health & Wellness Grant Review Team
Impact Award Finalist:
Cascade AIDS Project
The LGBTQ+ Mental Health Program at Prism Health

Core Mission Award nominees:
Meals on Wheels People, The Diner Project
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Civic/Community Leadership Training Program
"Be Good.  Be Authentic.  Be Gone."
Executive Coach and renown international speaker, ninety-nine girlfriends member Victoria Trabosh will conduct a workshop on November 9 for all five of the ninety-nine girlfriends 2018 Impact Award Finalists. She will equitably assist each in establishing tools for making the best presentation possible at the Meet the Finalists event. Thank you Vic!
A ninety-nine girlfriends interview with Victoria
Q: Did you get any memorable feedback from the 2017 finalist training session? 
VT: Yes. All of the teams that met with me were so enthusiastic about what they learned. They said it changed their entire presentation and how they were thinking about it. Impact Award Winner Portland Homeless Family Solutions' Executive Director Brandi Tuck sincerely believed that the feedback she received (and she was a seasoned speaker) allowed her to stand out and win!

Q: What is the goal for the presentation coaching for the Finalists?
VT:  The importance of this presentation cannot be overstated. It’s a $100,000 presentation. My goal is to bring out the best in each by teaching some well-known and accepted techniques that all great presentations use. Listen for the best of what they’re bringing; help them word their presentations as clearly and precisely as possible; and leave the audience with memorable moments that will move them to action. In this case, getting their vote!

Q: What are some of the tools you use to achieve your goal(s)?
VT: Most important is unconditionally constructive feedback.  Most feedback isn’t specific or helpful; it’s just critical. To achieve the best from anyone, you want to break bad habits (the will) and correct and improve upon ideas or concepts that aren’t clear but important (the spirit). The messenger should never get in the way of the message. And because most people think a speech is about THEM, they’re more worried about how they look. Audiences are forgiving of authentic people who make mistakes. I teach people what I call the GAG principle:  Be Good.  Be Authentic.  Be Gone. In my presentation I’ll teach them the secrets of successful presentations.

Q: Why did you join ninety-nine girlfriends? 
VT: I closed my own not-for-profit two years ago after a successful run and realization of my goals. When I learned of ninety-nine girlfriends from a founding member and girlfriend, Marilyn Soliaga, I knew that working with a like-minded group of women would allow a $1,000 donation to make an enormous difference. It is said that if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Ninety-nine girlfriends allows my contribution to go farther with others than it could ever go alone.

We’re so excited that over 250 members shared feedback and ideas to help shape our work together in the year ahead. Thank you for participating!
A few quick tidbits to report: Tong Zhang, Jean Malarkey and Deborah Edward will be analyzing responses in the next few weeks and Jinx Faulkner, along with our volunteer leadership team, will be following up on the specific offers from members. 
Here are the top three responses to the following questions:

What are members most interested in learning more about? 
1. Learning about other members of our group
2. Deeper dive into specific community issues
3. Trends in philanthropy 
How has being a member influenced you? 
1. Became more aware of community issues 
2. Became more strategic in selecting nonprofits to support 
3. Learned more about philanthropy
What are the most important aspects to you of being part of ninety-nine girlfriends? 
1. Make a difference in the Portland/SW Washington region
2. Meet and connect with other Portland/SW Washington women
3. Get to know more about Portland/SW Washington nonprofits
"Thanks for the remarkable Discovery Forum. It was designed so well and imparted a wealth of information. The panel was superb in that they shared both their philosophical thoughts and “conveying” ideas, then gave us the nuts and bolts of how to strive for better decisions. It was very inspirational for me."  
-Janet Williams
Thank you to the panelists and facilitators who made our October Discovery Forum a true journey of discovery. Attendees were able to experience hands-on practice in grantmaking and heard from three exemplary Leaders about the way they work in our region. The environmental grantmaking lens provided a timely opportunity to think about these key trends in local grantmaking;
  • How to use grantmaking as a way to encourage and support diversity, inclusion and equity; 
  • How and when to invest in risky endeavors; 
  • How grantmakers can play a role in convening people about an urgent issue or providing a way to amplify the voice of people affected by a social issue.
You can learn more about our grantmaking partners here: Meyer Memorial Foundation, Gray Family Foundation. Also, check out the book Winners Take All, mentioned by panel moderator Kimberly Howard.

Thank you, again, to our sponsors who kept this event affordable: Christy Eugenis, North Star Foundation; Elizabeth  King; Ferguson Wellman; May Chang DDS; Susan Matlack Jones and Associates; Toya Fick; Tracy Wiens, Old PDX Homes; and Victoria Trabosh.
Deborah Edward, Heidi Sobol and Eileen Brady were fortunate to be able to attend the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmaking Network (WCGN) Conference Oct 21-23 in Philadelphia. WCGN represents 15,000 women and $120,000,000 for community impact programs. The number of collective giving circles has been doubling every five years – we are part of a movement!
We collected tips about many aspects of our work together and were inspired by stories of people making a difference in juvenile justice, cancer research, community arts, and impact investing. Eileen did a stand-out workshop on member recruitment (others are amazed at our growth) and Deborah co-facilitated a lively session exploring implicit bias in grantmaking. Heidi heard interesting 'lessons learned' (taking the most copious notes) from other groups that share many of our practices and values, attending workshops on managing growth, building leadership pipelines, and more. We will share links from the conference on our resource page shortly. Also, the WCGN has changed its name to Catalist. The next of these conferences will be Feb 2020 in Seattle so lots of us can attend!
The December 4, 2018 Awards Celebration marks the opening of our 2019 membership season!
You may pay for your 2019  membership starting Dec 4, 2018 - Yay!

Membership season for 2019 runs through the end of April, closing on May 3, 2019
Your $1,100 membership is exponential

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

Wednesday, November 14
Meet the Finalists
5:30 doors open
6:00 - 8:00 program
Lincoln Hall, Portland State University
1620 SW Park Ave (edge of PSU campus)

On-street parking
Free/ potluck
Cash Bar - Really, cash only - we can't take credit cards for this event.
Members Only - check your inbox for your invitation and please RSVP. This is a great event you will not want to miss.  

Tuesday, December 4
Awards Celebration

5:30 doors open
6:15-7:30 program
7:30-8:00 mingle
Loft at 8th Avenue, 2010 SE 8th Ave
Small lot, plus street parking

Members & Guests Invited
Cash bar
Online ticket sales  - Watch for your eventbrite invitation
Would you like to volunteer for this event? Contact 
Heidi at

Wednesday, March 6 2019
Implicit Bias Workshop 2

8:30am - 2:30pm
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St, Portland
Members only
Mark your calendar now!
Invites will go out in February

Stay tuned for interesting educational TOPIC TALKS in February, April and May. These are small-group learning sessions in people's homes to take a deeper dive into the community issues that were most popular on our members survey. If you are interested in hosting these or other sessions planned for 2019 by the Member Education Committee contact Deborah and Tammy

World Cafes for potential new members will take place in March and April. Call your friends and invite them to join or consider hosting a World Cafe! If you are interested in hosting, email Jinx and Eileen
Would you like to volunteer?
Check out our job board.

If you volunteered while responding to the 2018 survey, someone will be in touch.

Wanted: Liaisons  
We’re looking for 5-10 dedicated girlfriends to become liaisons to our 2018 grant and award partners. As a liaison, you’ll be the primary contact for one of our funded organizations - helping them connect with girlfriends, ensuring they have the support they need, and collecting stories or feedback to communicate to our members on the impact of our investment.  If you’re interested in learning more, join us for the Liaisons Nuts & Bolts info session and training on Sunday, December 2 at 2:30pm. 
For information contact Maura at

Wanted: Dedicated Facebook Page Manager
Would you like to make regular posts on our Facebook page that are in keeping with the themes, brand and tone of ninety-nine girlfriends? Jinx will give you a brief tutorial and you're off. Contact Jinx 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
Ripple Effects is a ninety-nine girlfriends e-zine showcasing stories about our 2016-2017 grantee partners and the many community connections resulting from ninety-nine girlfriends work.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples"   Mother Teresa
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 
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. 

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