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Over 300 and counting!!
We are SO close to our goal of 330 members for 2018!
(We have 300 paid and 30+ pledges. Make your contribution this week!)

 May 10th is our deadline.
Let's make this happen, girlfriends! We can do it!
Manisha Thakor boldly declaring our membership goal at our Launch Lunch April 17

Our membership is built by friends inviting friends to join. Click here to renew your membership or to sign up for the first time. It takes a village.

Special welcome to our new members! 

You are joining a great group of women committed to making a difference. 
Deborah, Emily and Barbara - 2017 members at our Launch Lunch in April
Please RSVP for a New Member Orientation

New members, come learn about how we are organized, how the grantmaking process works, and what educational and volunteer opportunities are in store for you. This is a fun-filled, light-hearted way to get to know the organization (and some new girlfriends).

You can RSVP below for either the morning session or the evening session. Lite food and beverages provided. No cost. 
New Member Orientation - lunchtime option
Tuesday, May 15, 11:30am - 1:00pm
NW Natural
220 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Portland

New Member Orientation - evening option
Tuesday, May 15, 6:00pm -  7:30pm
Lagunitas Community Room
237 Northeast Broadway Street, Portland
2017 fellows Cleo, Candance and Molly

Suggest a fellow for 2018!  Send her the application link.
Application Deadline - May 7

The ninety-nine girlfriends Fellows Program was created to invite young women ages 20-35 to bring diverse voices and perspectives to our collective-giving grantmaking community. Through the generosity of program supporters, the membership contribution of $1,100 is partially subsidized at decreasing levels over the three years. Fellows pay $100 in year one, $250 in year two and $500 in year three. 

Please share this link with potential candidates. 

Our Job Board

Join our team of volunteers! Many members know about our grant review teams, but did you know there are lots of other ways to lend your talents to ninety-nine girlfriends? 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: 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, attending 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: Member Directory Interviewer
Spend time getting to know other girlfriends by helping us update member profiles for our directory. Contact Deborah 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: Fellows Program Manager
Work with Founding Fellows Team members to coordinate the 2018 Fellows Program, a program for women under 35. Manage application process, including outreach and selection process. Create programming for new and returning Fellows. 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


Pip Denhart sharing a laugh. 
The April Launch Lunch was a great success!  

Many thanks to all who joined together to create another fun and rewarding ninety-nine girlfriends event.

Is that a verb? It should be! Take action and mark your calendar for upcoming events. 
Upcoming Events

May 6 - This Sunday! Our last World Cafe for new and potential members! Come for an overview of ninety-nine girlfriends. Thanks to Debra and Claudia for hosting. Click here to RSVP.  

May 10 - Last day to make your 2018 contribution Click Here!

May 15 - New Member Orientations
Lunchtime option: 11:30am at NW Natural. RSVP here
Evening option: 6pm at Lagunitas. RSVP here.

May 22 - Public announcement of 2018 award opportunities!! Look for the announcement and feel free to send it to a nonprofit that you think should consider applying 
Summertime Fun! - Dates vary. Host a Surprise (aka Random) Summer Social for a group of 6-12 girlfriends. Contact Heidi Yorkshire to sign up as a host.
June 12 - Discovery Forum 
11:30-1:30pm, The White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street
What is philanthropy and how do we fit in? FInd out more about local grantmaking successes and challenges. What role can we play in advancing social change with our $100,000 Impact Awards and our growing number of members?
$20 (covers your boxed lunch)
Get your ticket here. All members invited! 

August 1- Summer Soiree for all girlfriends
Save the Date!
Evening. Exact time TBD.
Hosted by Molly Cliff Hilts, Brinn Riley and Dulce Montavalo.
Watch for more information on this sure to be fun event!
September 25 - Workshop: How to Read Nonprofit Financial Statements
11:30-1:30pm, NW Health Foundation

October 21-23 - Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network (WCGN)
Conference in Philadelphia - Changing the Face of Philanthropy.  Early Bird rates still available. Click here. 

Save the Dates
November 14 - Meet the Finalists!
5:30pm, The Old Church

December 4 - Awards Celebration!
5:30pm, The Loft

Ninety-nine girlfriends
Grant opportunity announcement
will be emailed on May 22, 2018.
Members, please forward the name of any nonprofit you think would be a good match for our Impact Awards to Michelle Hynes, Co-Chair of our 2018 Grants Steering Committee at:
"Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water,
the actions of individuals can have far reaching effects." - Dalai Lama

Women's Collective Giving Grantmaking Network Conference  

Changing the Face of Philanthropy
Oct 21-23 in Philadelphia. 
Engage with women empowered by collective giving grantmaking and its community results!  

Early Bird rate is still available.
Congratulations again to our tremendous 2017 Award Winners!!
Ninety-nine girlfriends is an all-volunteer effort. It is a women's collective giving grantmaking circle 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
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