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an every-other-month publication for members and friends
The numbers are HOT!

401 girlfriends strong
70 members engaging in grant review 
143 Letters of Interest from nonprofits
20 semi-finalist grantees being selected
125 girlfriends gathered at Molly's Garden Party 
140 girlfriends enjoying Surprise Summer Socials

1 August Newsletter sent
Thank you girlfriends!
Girlfriends get the job done!
Grant teams will select semi-finalists by September 12.

Full proposal materials will be sent to the semi-finalists on September 14.
Stay tuned
Member Education Events This Fall

Get in the mood for casting your November vote
Reading Nonprofit Financial Statements
They tell a story and provide a roadmap for decisions. 
  • What do they mean?
  • Cash flow statements?
  • Income statements?
  • Budgets?
  • Audits? 
  • IRS 990's?
This is one of our must popular workshops. It is fun, interactive and we laugh while learning. We'll practice finding indicators of nonprofit health and answer questions about reports you will see as a donor or board member. This is a workshop for both beginners and those with background in finance. 

Led by ninety-nine girlfriends members:
Erin Zollenkopf, Managing Partner at Susan Matlack Jones & Associates, a firm specializing in accounting for nonprofits and Deborah Edward, a former nonprofit Executive Director and trainer for board members on nonprofit finance.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
11:30 - 1:30
Northwest Health Foundation
Bring your own lunch.
No Cost.
Watch for an evite in early September!
Discovery Forum 2018
This is an event for members and friends.
We continue our exploration of philanthropy and how ninety-nine girlfriends fits into our regional community of grant makers and nonprofits.
  • How is women's collective giving changing communities across the country?
  • What does our four-county giving community look like?
  • What are our area's leading foundations?
  • Who are philanthropic change makers?
  • How meaningful are ninety-nine girlfriends $100,000 grants?
Experienced panelists working with local foundations will discuss trends, priorities and practices of grant making to advance social change.
Come learn and meet friends while enjoying lunch.

Friday October 12, 2018 11:30-1:30 
The White Stag Block
Cost $20 per person - covers venue and lunch.
Special thanks to our Member Education Committee!
Watch for your registration email
Our Newsletter is shared with more than
700 members and friends.

Members please watch for your registration evites 
Garden Party Success!
A delightful evening was enjoyed by 125 girlfriends gathered for Molly's August Garden Party. The festivities began at Dulce's home, then we all strolled together across the street to Molly's garden. 
We were graced by beautiful flowers, savory food, refreshing sangria and delightful entertainment by grantee partners My Voice Music  and the Portland Homeless Family Solutions Lullaby Project.

Special thanks to everyone who made this amazing evening successful.
Coming Up!
Ripple Effects is a brand new ninety-nine girlfriends publication showcasing stories about our grantee partners and the many community connections resulting from ninety-nine girlfriends work. 

This special edition e-zine is created by the Impact Team and will be published in late September.

You won't want to miss this.
Watch for your email link.

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples"   Mother Teresa
Your opinion counts
Ninety-nine girlfriends' 2018 feedback and survey 
Our annual survey needs your 10 minutes!
Your feedback and ideas help shape ninety-nine girlfriends.
Tell us how you would like to be involved in coming months.
12 questions - 10 minutes - lots of value for all.
If you are a member please complete this survey.

Please complete by September 30
It is no surprise that our Surprise Summer Socials are a big hit. 

These intimate gatherings allow girlfriends to meet girlfriends and find familiar faces at our events. 
12 Summer Socials
16 volunteer hosts
140 members having fun 

Incalculable connections made and hearts touched.
"I joined ninety-nine girlfriends in its charter year because I believed in the mission, vision and leadership of the organization. As I participated that first year, girlfriends repeatedly demonstrated it is a learning organization. So, my decision to leave in year two was difficult. But, with the changes in national politics I wanted to put my limited philanthropic dollars into organizations like the ACLU. I continued to receive periodic updates as ninety-nine girlfriends moved forward. When year three rolled around, it was an easy decision to redirect my philanthropic dollars to ninety-nine girlfriends. It offers me a clear line of sight between my giving and making a positive impact in my community—and I convinced my initially skeptical partner to join as well!"  Donna Neusch
Everyone should have received a tax acknowledgment letter from GOSW for their 2018 contribution. If yours didn't arrive please contact Jinx at
Upcoming Events - Full List 

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. This year we are learning about the giving community  in our four-county region. Cost: $20/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 for bringing a girlfriend who may be interested in joining us in 2019. Buffet dinner. Cost $27 per guest. No cost to members.   
Would you like to volunteer?
Check out our job board.
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: 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: 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
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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