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"WOW! We are so grateful and overwhelmed!  It has been so fun to get to know so many of the ninety-nine girlfriends over the last couple months.  We are so grateful for everything you are doing for our community. Thanks for believing in our work."
- Brandi Tuck, Executive Director, Portland Family Homeless Solutions -  
2017 $100,000 Award Winner

"I met with Brandi and Emma from Portland Family Homeless Solutions yesterday afternoon. I continue to be so impressed by their team, and I wish everyone could have heard them talk about the impact that the grant has already made on their organization. It feels like they are at a precipice for their organization and we get to be a part of it!”
- Maura Koehler Hanlon, ninety-nine girlfriends member 

Read the Oregonian article by Molly Harbarger in the Oregonian announcing our 2017 $100,000  grant winners. Thanks, Molly!

Homeless families, hungry Washington County kids focus of grants from Portland's '99 Girlfriends' 
Is that a verb? It should be! Take action and mark your calendar. ; )  Some of our dates for next year are set. Some are still in the making. See below for details. 
Below are the big all-member events for the year. These are the ones to put on your calendar in advance. 
  • Tues, April 17th, 2018 Launch, 11:30am-1:30pm, World Forestry Center
  • Tues, June 12th, Discovery Forum, 11:30am-1:30pm, White Stag
  • Wed, Nov 14th Meet the Finalists, 5:30pm, The Old Church
  • Early Dec (TBD): Awards Celebration
Our Member Education Committee is hard at work making sure that our events help us become more informed and engaged philanthropists. This year look for our big events and our workshops to be focused on understanding the philanthropy landscape in our community and how ninety-nine girlfriends fits in. For instance.....
  • Our Annual Launch on April 17th will focus on how women are changing the face of philanthropy. 
  • April 29, May 1 and May 2nd Learning Cafes in members' homes will be fun-filled/fact-filled sessions introducing philanthropy basics or exploring philanthropy hot topics.
  • The June 12 Discovery Forum will drill down on how ninety-nine girlfriends fits into our local giving community.  
  • The Member Education Committee is also organizing additional seminars responding to member interests (from the member survey). Watch for info about our upcoming day-long workshop Mar 8 on addressing issues of implicit bias. And How to Read Nonprofit Financial Statements will be back this year on Sept 25 by popular demand. 
  • And members will be invited to Salons with our Impact Award winners. Stay tuned for dates. 
  • Throughout the year: Our members can attend the seminars hosted by Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington, our fiscal sponsor! These workshops are an amazing opportunities if you want to dive deeper. 
A chance to get an overview of ninety-nine girlfriends, "World Cafe Introductions," are held in members homes. Brand new girlfriends and potential girlfriends are encouraged to attend. Email Eileen at if you'd like an evite. Dates below: 
  • Sunday, Feb 25th, 4-5:30pm, co-hosts: Fahti, Tammy, Irene. Held at Tammy's home, Westside. 
  • Sunday, Mar 4th, 4-5:30pm, co-hosts: Debra and Claudia. Held at Debra’s home, N Portland.
  • Sunday, Mar 18th, 4-5:30pm, co-hosts: Erin, Abby and Vicky. Held at Erin’s home, SE Portland. 
  • Wed, Apr 4th, 7-8:30pm, co-hosts: Andra and Benna. Held at Andra’s home, SW Portland.
  • Wed, Apr 25th, 7-8:30pm, co-hosts: Kat and Penney. Held at Kat/Penney's home, N. Portland
  • TBD: co-hosts Kim Vine and Jennifer Mountain. Clark County.
Special thanks to our wonderful co-hosts for opening their homes! 
Are you a brand new member?  You will have the choice of attending a new member orientation on May 15th at either 11:30am at NW Natural or 6pm at Lagunitas. You will get an evite to these events about a month ahead of time. 

170 members have pledged and paid for 2018 already!!! Thanks for inviting your friends to join for 2018. Our goal is to get to 330 members by May 10th, 2018. Then we can offer THREE $100,000 grants and two $15,000 finalist awards. 

Join for 2018 here!
"Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water,
the actions of individuals can have far reaching effects." - Dalai Lama
Congratulations again to our tremendous 2017 Award Winners!!
$100,000 each to: Portland Homeless Family Solutions and Urban Gleaners
$17,666 each to: My Voice Music, Metro 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 for the fiscal sponsorship of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
for hosting our project.  

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