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215 girlfriends for 2017 - We're almost there!
We are so close! As of now, we have 170 paid members and 30 more who have committed.  We only need 16 more girlfriends by May 15th. Then we can offer TWO $100,000 Impact Grants and three $5,000 Finalist grants.



Or bring your girlfriends to a World Cafe Orientation:
World Cafe Orientation
Want your girlfriends to join? They can get to know more about ninety-nine girlfriends through these casual and fun events at members' homes. Also, if you are a new member, this is a great way to meet other members. 

Sign up for one of these events:
  • Tues May 2 6:15pm-8:30 pm - Jennifer Tiana's house (SE Portland) RSVP
  • Wed May 10 5:45pm-8:00 pm - Tammy Wilhoite's house (NW Portland) RSVP
Please contact Jinx if you have any questions
Women getting it done at the 2017 launch party! If you missed it, click here for a recap.
Announcing Fellowship Program
We are excited to announce the launch of our "Fellows Program"! The program is for women age 20-35 committed to learning about philanthropy and the needs in the community but lacking the financial resources to join as a fully-paid member.

Help bring diverse voices and perspectives to our collective grant-making by becoming a sponsor! If you know someone who might want to be a fellow, encourage them to apply by May 15th at 5pm. You can find guidelines and the application hereWe hope to have 3 fellows in 2017! 
New Member Orientation
Have you just signed up with ninety-nine girlfriends?  Join us on May 22 to meet other girlfriends, get an overview of how we work, learn more about committees and teams, and update your knowledge about nonprofits and our community. Bring questions! 6-8pm, Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway.  Refreshments provided. Please RSVP here.
Annual Discovery Forum & Boxed Lunch
Our five Community Study Teams are hard at work this spring organizing their presentations for the Discovery Forum to be held11:30-1:30 Tuesday June 20th at The White Stag Block. Their goal is to provide members with context and information about how Portland is addressing issues in our five focus areas. Register here. $20 - includes boxed lunch. 

Click here for tickets. Register now!
Girlfriends Know How to Have Fun 
Grant Review Team Reunion - May 3rd. Pip is hosting a grant review team reunion and feedback session at her home this week, May 3rd. If you haven't rsvp'd, contact Pip at:

Take a Chance on a Random Dinner! July 15-Sept 30
Many members have said they would like to get to know some of the girlfriends, so Heidi Y. and Deborah K. have set up a series of get-togethers called Random Repasts (RR’s). 

Here's how they work: members volunteer to host a group of 10-12 girlfriends in their home. ​Rather than inviting people they already know, we're creating guest lists that randomly mix interested members and hosts. (You'll indicate your interest and availability using a Doodle poll.) We'll be kicking off the program with nine RRs, on various dates between July 15 and September 30, including brunches, happy hours and dinners. Watch your email for an official invitation, with all the details, in late May!

And a big thank you to all the girlfriends who have offered to host a Random Repast. If you have not yet been contacted to firm up a date and time, please know that we will be in touch shortly. 

Dive In!  Invaluable Learning from Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington
Our members are always invited to these amazing learning opportunities:

Upcoming workshops and events from Grantmakers in 2017 of special interest to ninety-nine girlfriends include:

Find all events here. You can also subscribe to their monthly e-newsletter Philanthropy Post  which contains articles about regional issues, and you can have access to their resource library. We are all members of GOSW so we get member rates for their great programs!

Contact Rhiannon Orizaga at or call 503.226.6340. to get information about setting up your member login to their website and to subscribe to the GOSW e-newsletter. 

For those of you who have been wondering, Grantmakers sends out tax receipts at year end for your investment in ninety-nine girlfriends. If you need a receipt earlier, contact 

Coming Soon....Member Directory
This summer we will launch a new member software program. Members will be invited to add a brief profile about themselves so that other members can connect with them. Watch for information to set up your member login next month.

This is a really meaningful and joyful venture. We look forward to an exciting second year.  Yours in collective action, Eileen, Deborah, Jinx and Erin
Newsletter Editor: Kate M, member
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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