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Shut the Front Door! We have 340 girlfriends paid for 2019. Woot Woot! Our deadline is May 3rd. It has been such a pleasure to be a part of this amazing group of women working collectively to impact our local community. 

If you are planning on joining in 2019:
1) Click the Join Now button and get 'er done.
2) If you'd like to drop your check off in person, please join us for one of the open houses: April 29th (at Jinx's house) and April 30th (at Kirsten's house)!
Super fun gatherings. See details below.  

If you have a friend you'd like to introduce to ninety-nine girlfriends, invite them to one of the remaining World Cafes: April 28th or April 30th. See details below. 


Last call for 2019 Grant Review Team members!!!

2018 Arts & Culture Grant Review Team self-portrait. Having fun while working hard!

If you are interested in being on a Grant Review Team (GRT) for 2019, the time is NOW to contact your GRT Coordinators Tammy Wilhoite and April Hasson to let them know. They will share with you the key dates to which you need to be able to commit and will provide you with the evite link for the May 4 info session where you can learn more about what to expect from the experience. Don’t delay! You must be a member to participate, so be sure to pay your 2019 dues by May 3–the sooner the better–and reach out to and

Impact Award Winner Updates
August Wilson Red Door Project 
Production of Cop Out: Beyond Black White and Blue 
Photo by Kathleen Kelly

Red Door's new performance is coming to life! Rehearsals are ongoing on their new production, Evolve, featuring monologues from both Hands Up and Cop Out including post-performance discussions with the audience. Evolve opens May 18 --- 7:30pm at The IFCC, 5340 N Interstate Ave. Additional performances are scheduled for May 19, May 23, May 24 and May 25. Same location. See first-hand the community impact of your membership contribution. We promise you will see other girlfriends in the audience! These performances are open to the public and sell out quickly. Purchase tickets here. Volunteer opportunities to work as an usher or greeter before, during, and after show times are available. Register here to lend a helping hand.

School is in session! Kairos PDX Charter School, one of ninety-nine girlfriends’ 2018 impact partners, invited us to tour the campus and see a school assembly in action. As we entered the school in the morning we heard upbeat music playing, smelled coffee and observed a warm welcome from staff for families. Deliberate steps and conscious choices are made at Kairos to instill a sense of belonging and community...


Community Outreach Update
Earlier this week, the Outreach Team for our grantmaking process sent a "save the date" notice inviting nearly 600 organizations to watch for our 2019 announcement about the grants we'll give this year. We're so excited to have our fourth opportunity to invite nonprofit leaders to complete a short Letter of Interest form outlining their big idea for change in our region. Want to learn more about our grants process? Read this page on our website. Want to make sure your favorite organization is on our list, or have a specific question? Complete this form and Michelle Hynes or Holly Cook will follow up. Stay tuned for the official announcement on May 15! 
Our Fellows Program is Thriving 

2018 Fellow Azul Tellez Wright shares her experience with the ninety-nine girlfriends Fellows Program
Over the past year, I’ve interviewed the ninety-nine girlfriends Fellows cohorts to shed light on these four impressive women (five including myself!). Now I’d like to turn the spotlight on some of our mentors who have guided us over the past few years. I had the pleasure of interviewing my mentor, Eileen Brady, and Molly Gray’s mentor, Abby Farber, who shared their experiences in the program.

A WARM WELCOME To Our New Fellows!

We are delighted to welcome three exceptional young women, Darcie Bernier, Jenny Clark, and Mikayla Posey, to ninety-nine girlfriends as 2019 Fellows. They will contribute to our work of informed philanthropy and engaging women to bring transformative change in our community.


Member Education Update 
The Implicit Bias Workshop was great!

Girlfriends Work Together to Combat Bias

Implicit bias is a real thing, and we are working to combat it. Are you wondering if we’re out of our lane here? Well, we don’t think so. Bias can impact who we invite to join ninety-nine girlfriends, who we encourage to lead, and which organizations we deem worthy of a grant. There are other ways bias rears its ugly head, but these are a few examples that exemplify the importance of awareness, education, and practice around this subject.

Nearly 70 awesome members came together at Mercy Corps on a snowy day in March to do this important work along with learning more about the #metoo movement and how to interrupt microaggressions. 


Learning Labs on Boards and Commissions Inspire New Civic Engagement

What’s it like to be a nonprofit board member? How can individuals find their place in civic leadership in our community? What tools, tips, stories, and advice can our active members share with those of us interested in getting more involved? This spring, the Member Education Committee sponsored four small-group workshops about nonprofit and public board service. Phyllis Leonard, Meryl Redisch and Kathie Masarie opened their homes to new and returning members interested in becoming more active in this way. Lots of learning and laughs were shared. For those of you interested in learning more about nonprofit boards, we have uploaded a resource packet with short articles and “tip sheets” about nonprofit boards.

If you missed our workshops but are interested in board service, check out the Leadership Portland Nonprofit Board Match Up, organized for Portland Business Alliance members and others. It will be May 21 at 4:30 at The Eleanor, 1605 NW Everett. Tickets and registration here.
World Cafe Orientations Are a Huge Success!
Members and potential new members have been busy joining together for World Cafe Orientations in members' homes, making new friends while learning about ninety-nine girlfriends. Thank you to everyone for making these events so successful!
If you would like to learn more about ninety-nine girlfriends, there are still a couple more World Cafes on the schedule, (see Upcoming Events below). If you can't make one but know you want to become a girlfriend, no worries. Join now and you'll find plenty of opportunities to learn more later. 
Meet Our Member Engagement Team
Kirsten Brady, Mary Wells Pope, Christine Zieverink 
Interested in becoming more involved with ninety-nine girlfriends? Our new Member Engagement Team is in place to make sure no-one slips through the cracks. We are an all-volunteer organization and everyone's contribution matters. 
Co-host a Summer Social!
Last year, 140 members attended our Summer Socials–intimate events hosted in members' homes purely for the fun of getting to know other girlfriends. Are you willing to host a group of 8-16 members for a Wednesday or Sunday happy hour or Sunday brunch between July 21 and September 22? Want to recruit a friend to co-host? If you'd like to know more about this opportunity, contact organizer Heidi Yorkshire at as soon as possible. 
Topic Talk on Homelessness garnering lots of attention.

We’re excited to see so many people interested in learning more about the complex topic of homelessness in our community. Originally, we expected 60 people. When demand soared, we opened up more spaces and can now accommodate 110 people. Register now! 

Ninety-nine girlfriends has been investing in resources related to preventing homelessness through our 2-year Impact grant to Portland Homeless Family Solutions. The funds were used in a pilot program to provide direct assistance to families needing help to prevent eviction or homelessness; the program’s success will spur increased public investment in this solution. In addition, in 2016 ninety-nine girlfriends provided a Merit Award to Street Roots. Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change. We are very proud of our contributions to this important social issue.

For more information about Portland's homelessness issues, see this report from EcoNorthwest, commissioned by the Oregon Community Foundation.

 Exciting news about registering for ninety-nine girlfriends events!
Beginning in mid-summer, there will be a link to a "members only" page on our website. Once you are registered with a password, you'll be able to sign-up for events with just a click of the mouse. Watch for more details. Life will get easier!

Only two World Cafe Orientations left for 2019!
Come learn more about ninety-nine girlfriends. Find out how to turn a gift of $1,100 into a $100,000 impact award by becoming a member of our women’s collective giving circle. Enjoy the company of great women. We welcome women with diverse backgrounds and interests. Bring a friend or just come, even if you don't know anyone. You will be welcomed! Open to non-members.

World Cafe Orientation
If you are already registered for this event, email Heidi Sobol for new location.
Sunday, April 28 
4:00 - 6:00 PM
SE Portland (still Mt. Tabor)
Doors open at 4:00 PM. The 90-minute program starts promptly at 4:30 PM.
To be included in this event, contact Jinx at 

Wine, Cheese and Drop Your Check Off Open House
Monday, April 29
Co-hosts: Jinx Faulkner, Eileen Brady, and Molly Cliff-Hilts
SE Portland
Open house: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
email Jinx at for location and directions

World Cafe Orientation
Tuesday, April 30 
Co-hosts: Kathy Masserie and Margie Sunderland
6:00 - 8:00 PM
SW Portland
Doors open at 6:00 PM. The 90-minute program starts promptly at 6:30 PM.
To receive an evite for this event, contact Jinx at
Wine, Cheese and Drop Your Check Off Open House
Wednesday, May 1
Co-hosts: Kirsten Brady, Christine, and Mary Wells Pope
Lake Oswego
Open house: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
email Kirsten Brady at for location and directions

Deadline for Joining ninety-nine girlfriends for 2019
Friday, May 3
This is the last day to make your contribution for the 2019 ninety-nine girlfriends grantmaking cycle. Join NOW!
New Member Orientation
Tuesday, May 14
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
Northwest Natural
This is a great opportunity for brand new members to become acquainted with the ninety-nine girlfriends mission, key events, and organizational structure. And, you will meet some girlfriends! Lunch is provided, thanks to our Events Committee. All new members should receive an email with an evite for new member orientations. If you do not receive one contact Eileen at 
Topic Talk: Homelessness in the Portland Region -
How did we get here? What can be done? 

Wednesday, May 15
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Learn more about how our community's homelessness issues have developed over the past decades, and what steps foundations and others are taking to reduce and prevent homelessness and ensure that people who are homeless get the services they need. This event filled up so quickly, we expanded the space available. Now there are a few more seats. $23/pp. Let know if you need a comp ticket.  Register here.

New Member Orientation
Tuesday, June 4
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lagunitas Community Room 

All brand new members are welcome to attend this information session. It is a great way to acquaint yourself with ninety-nine girlfriends mission, key events, and organizational structure. This is also a great time to meet some of the girlfriends! Light dinner provided, thanks to our Events Committee. Lagunitas on tap, cash bar. All new members should receive an email with an evite for new member orientations. If you did not receive an email with this information, contact Eileen at Doors open at 6:00 PM. Thanks to Lagunitas for providing space for this event.

An "Engagement Party" for all Members
Sunday, June 9
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
The Redd on Salmon Street (map)

SAVE THE DATE! All members are welcome!! This is a social event with lots of learning and networking opportunities. Come meet our member leaders, learn how to get involved, and find out about key upcoming dates. Many of our 2018 grantee partners and award winners will be in attendance, so you can learn more about how to get involved with these community organizations. Come “get engaged.” No host bar. Located at the fabulous new building in inner SE, The Redd on Salmon Street. Doors open at 4:00 PM. $23/pp. Let know if you need a comp ticket


With success has come the realization that we are too large to continue as a project under a fiscal sponsor. We applied for 501(c)(3) status as ninety-nine girlfriends and received our approval letter from the IRS in March. We continue to be the same all-volunteer collective giving circle that many of us have come to know and love, and now we are registered with the IRS as a nonprofit organization.
Ninety-nine girlfriends
is an all-volunteer effort.
It is an organization built on friends inviting friends.

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