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February 2019 NEWSLETTER
Published six times a year for members and friends
It's the year we’ve all been waiting for!

If we meet our goal of 500+ members we can, for the first time, award $100,000 in each focus area!
Let's make it happen!!!

Spring World Cafe Orientations listed below

I'm in for 2019! Join here
We are so excited about our partnership with the three 2018 $100,000 Impact Award winners.

Share our work with your friends and watch for upcoming news about our Impact Award winners and their amazing transformative projects.
2018 ninety-nine girlfriends $100,000 Impact Award Winner Kairos PDX for the
Transformational Education for Tomorrow's Leaders project.
Executive Director Kali Ladd accepted the award.
2018 ninety-nine girlfriends $100,000 Impact Award Winner
August Wilson Red Door Project
for the Evolve Using Theatre to Impact Public Safety in Portland project.
Co-founder Kevin Jones and Operations Coordinator Jasmine Cottrell accepted the award.

2018 ninety-nine girlfriends $100,000 Impact Award Winner Red Lodge Transition Services for the Healing the Sacred Hoop project. Executive Director Trish Jordan and Beth Crane accepted the award.
What's the plan for Member Education in 2019?
Member Education Spring Workshops - something for everyone!

Looking for new ways to connect with our community? As a ninety-nine girlfriends member (2018 and 2019) you can take advantage of our fun, interactive workshops. This year's theme is civic engagement, so if you are already on a nonprofit board, considering board service, or exploring a run for a public commission, come to one of our workshops! Girlfriends have stepped up to share their stories, skills and tips about how to be an effective board member or how to get into the mix of public leadership. We're excited that we have so much talent and experience in our midst! Scroll down and check out the details in "2019 Upcoming Events" and register there. You'll be in good company and will get a chance to connect more deeply with other members on topics that mean a lot to you.

Fellows Program Advances Philanthropy

We are excited to expand our Fellows Program!

In its third year, our Fellows Program incorporates the diverse voices and perspectives of emerging philanthropist/nonprofit leaders ages 20 - 35 and provides an opportunity to connect ninety-nine girlfriends to younger members.

We are currently looking for Mentors interested in sharing their philanthropic and community experience as well as Fellows eager to develop their network and leadership skills. To find out more about our Fellows Program, please read about the program overview and expectations here.

If you are interested in learning more about being a Mentor, contact us soon at We are thrilled to have a conversation with you about this program and provide you with detailed information.

Also, please pass on the Fellows Application that is downloadable here to any young women you think may be interested.
This month, I am excited to feature two more young women who are Fellows with ninety-nine girlfriends. It has been such a pleasure speaking with the Fellows about their passions and experiences. I hope you have enjoyed learning about them as much as I have.
~Azul Tellez Wright

Cleo Tung joined ninety-nine girlfriends as a Fellow in 2017. She works for Partnership for Safety and Justice, where she’s been the Development Director for three and a half years. The organization engages in statewide advocacy focused on making Oregon’s criminal justice system more fair and effective for survivors of crime, people convicted of crime, and the families of both. As their Development Director, Cleo oversees the organization’s annual fundraising programs. She explains, “I view fundraising as a form of community organizing and movement building. It’s about developing meaningful relationships with folks in the community, pooling our resources, and leveraging our collective power to effect change.”

Cleo’s background in criminal justice is impressive. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminological research, and quickly became interested in fixing our broken criminal justice system. Dedicated to the cause, Cleo plans to continue working in the criminal justice space. “It’s a problem that I hope we can remedy in our lifetime so I envision myself doing this work for the long haul.”

Outside of work, Cleo spends time at the Oregon State Penitentiary meeting with the Asian Pacific Family Club and celebrating a shared identity of Asian and Asian Pacific Islander heritage. For over three years, Cleo has been one of the many volunteers helping APFC fundraise to build a healing garden inside the state penitentiary. “A lot of the people in the club are serving extremely long prison sentences, so this project is an opportunity for them to be a part of something positive and to bring the beauty of the outside world in.” APFC has raised $350,000 and will break ground next February. “They’re building a community of healing within the prison and leaving a lasting legacy. It’s very humbling.” Cleo is also on the board of OAASIS (Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service), an organization that advocates for policies that help children who have survived sex abuse.
While Cleo is thoroughly dedicated to criminal justice reform she makes times to sustain herself through fun hobbies. Cleo and her husband enjoy cooking exciting vegan meals and taking their dirt bikes out to the Tillamook National Forest. “I’ve never been a very athletic person or had good hand-eye coordination, so I decided to try something really out of my comfort zone. I took a course and found it really challenging at first but I kept practicing and got my motorcycle license. It’s been a journey!”
Cleo and two other inaugural Fellows helped plan and run the ninety-nine girlfriends Awards Ceremony in 2017. In 2018 she served on the Arts & Culture grant review team and hopes to participate on another team again this year.

Emma Hoyle joined ninety-nine girlfriends as a Fellow in 2018. She is the Development Director for Portland Homeless Family Solutions, a 2017 Impact Award winner. PHFS’ mission is to empower homeless families with children to get back into housing and stay there. I met with Emma in her office in downtown Portland where she shared with me some of the exciting projects PHFS is implementing.
PHFS recently purchased a facility in the Lents neighborhood that will triple their capacity from eight to twenty six families per night. With this new space, they’ll be able to expand their housing program, life skills classes and their homelessness prevention programs. The building is currently being remodeled using trauma-informed design and architecture, which includes calming colors, natural wood, natural light, and living plants. Research shows that families who live in these intentionally designed spaces experience shorter shelter stays, and more success moving into housing and staying housed.
In addition to the family shelter, PHFS is planning to convert the parking lot on the premises into potentially 40 affordable housing units.

"Receiving the ninety-nine girlfriends Impact Award put us on the map. It ramped us up to be able to raise such a large amount of money in such a short period of time to buy this new campus.”

When talking about her work, Emma exudes positivity; “So much of my identity is tied into my professional work, which I feel really privileged and lucky to do. It’s a way that I live my whole life. The connection to ninety-nine girlfriends is an extension of that. It’s all about actually taking action for me.” Attending the Awards Ceremony as the grant recipient in 2017 inspired Emma to apply for the Fellows program. “I had never been in a room with so much positive energy before. It was so inspiring to see hundreds of women joining together to give these amazing nonprofits a platform and a transformational gift.” As a Fellow, Emma served on the Get Out the Vote team and stage managed the Awards Ceremony.

In her free time, Emma is planning her September wedding to take place in her hometown in Kansas. “I plan events for work, so in a lot of ways it’s really easy and in a lot of ways it’s very different.” She also loves reading and leads an all-women book club where they read books on social justice.
Invite a girlfriend to join!
525 girlfriends = $525,000 to area nonprofits Let's make it happen!

Join or renew your membership for 2019
Your $1,100 membership is exponential!
“Alone we can do so little. 
Together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller

Interested in Grantmaking?

As our new year of ninety-nine girlfriends begins, the Grants Steering Committee is gearing up for the 2019 grantmaking cycle. With co-led teams for Outreach, Intake, Grant Review, Finance Review, and Impact there is plenty of work to be done and we invite you to find a team that works for you if you are so inspired. Brief descriptions of each of the teams and an idea of the time commitment for each can be found here, as well as contact information for each of the team leads. We ask you to reach out to us if something piques your interest.
Thanks! Grants Steering Committee
What are World Cafe Orientations???

Come learn about ninety-nine girlfriends
All are welcome!!!

We invite you to be one of the girlfriends and join us for a World Cafe Orientation. Come learn more about ninety-nine girlfriends and 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. Come for the company of great women. Come for the dessert and coffee. Come even if you don't know anyone else attending. Come to learn more. We welcome women with diverse backgrounds and interests. 
Check out dates and locations below, RSVP and come!
2019 Upcoming Events 
(All of our events are also listed on the ninety-nine girlfriends website)

Sunday, March 3
Nonprofit Boards in Action Workshop
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Aster Tower NE.
On a nonprofit board and thinking it could be more efficient or more fun? Chris Tebben and Deborah Edward have helped all sorts of boards - at all stages- become more effective in governance. Lots of tools and tips are available to help you look at how your board functions and to understand the needs and common challenges of nonprofits at different stages in the organizational life cycle. Practice skills in good meeting manners. Talk with fellow board members about how to be a high-performing board.This interactive workshop builds on your own experiences. We will use your real-life challenges to explore ways to help a board maximize performance. Register here

Sunday, March 3
World Cafe Orientation

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Co-hosts: Pamela Neferkara and Angela Patrick
Location: Pamela's home in NW Portland
Click here to RSVP for this event

Sunday, March 3
Nonprofit Board Basics Workshop

(This workshop will be repeated on April 17)
4:30 - 6:00 pm 
Aster Tower NE
Members only
Want to serve on a nonprofit board? It's a fun and fascinating way to be active in the community. Chris Tebben and Deborah Edward have been teaching nonprofit board workshops for years. They both have worked with and on boards. Hear from Molly Gray, Benna Gottfried, Barbara O'Hare, and Emily Froimson about their experiences working on boards or with boards. Scared about board roles in fundraising? We have tools, tips and stories for you!  Register here. 

Wednesday, March 6 
Understanding Implicit Bias Workshop

8:30am - 2:30 pm
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St, Portland
Members only 
Learn more about Implicit Bias with the excellent team from Diamond Law Training. $45 per person including lunch. Only 6 tickets remain! So…it’s your lucky day! Would love to have you there. Register here.
Contact if you need help with the cost or other accommodations.

Friday, March 8 
KairosPDX Assembly and School Tour

(This event is repeated on March 18)
8:45 -10:00 am
4915 North Gantenbein Avenue
Members only
This is a great opportunity to learn more about our Impact Grantee Partner KairosPDX in action at a school assembly and then tour this magical school
If you can't make it March 8, there is another opportunity on March 18 (see below). 
Register here for the March 8 event (space is limited)

Sunday, March 10
World Cafe Orientation

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 10
Co-hosts: Joan Fondell and Maria Rodriguez
Location: Joan's home in SW Portland
Click here to RSVP for this event
Sunday, March 17
Public Boards and Commissions Workshop

4:30-6:00 pm
Location: Meryl Redisch's home SW
Members only
Some of our ninety-nine girlfriends have been on public boards or commissions. These public entities have their own rhythms - and they make a difference in shaping the funding, the regulations, the laws and the priorities of local, state and regional government and beyond. Meryl Redisch, our workshop host, has years of experience in environmental and planning boards. Bobbie Regan, Lisa Adatto, and Serena Cruz add their unique perspectives of being elected public officers and appointed commissioners. They will all share stories and help you. Register here 

Monday, March 18 
Kairos Assembly and School Tour

(This event is repeated on March 8)
8:45 -10:00 am
4915 North Gantenbein Avenue
Members only.
Register here for the March 18 event (space is limited)

Wednesday, March 20
World Cafe Orientation

6:00 - 8:00 pm
Co-hosts: Barbara Ruben and Stacy Hankin
Location: Barbara's home in NE Portland
Click here to RSVP for this event

Wednesday, April 3
World Cafe Orientation 

6:00 - 8:00 pm
Co-hosts: Renee Rutz, Jeanette Swafford, and Sepi Kazemi
Location: Renee's home in NW Portland
Click here to RSVP for this event

Sunday, April 7
World Cafe Orientation

4:00 - 6:00pm
Co-hosts: Becky Jackson and Manisha Thakor
Location: Becky's home in NW Portland
Click here to RSVP for this event

Wednesday, April 17
Nonprofit Board Basics Workshop

(This event was repeated on March 3)
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Hosted by Kathy Massarie
Members only
Are you ready to explore nonprofit board service but don't know where to begin? Learn about nonprofit boards: how they work, what it takes to be a good board member, and how to find the right board for you! Hear from other girlfriends about their nonprofit board experiences, and get tips and tools for board service.
Click here to RSVP for this event

Sunday, April 28 
World Cafe Orientation

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Co-hosts: Heidi Sobol and Trish Bowcock
Location: Trish's home in SE Portland
Click here to RSVP for this event

Tuesday, April 30
World Cafe Orientation 

6:00 - 8:00 pm
Co-hosts: Kathy Masserie and Margie Sunderland
Location: Kathy's home in SW Portland
Click here to RSVP for this event
2018 grantee finalist BARK shares their work with members.

BARK welcomed ninety-nine girlfriends to an open house on Sunday, Feb. 17. We met new staff members and greeted old friends. Staff and board members shared their enthusiasm as we snacked and had fun arranging branches, mosses and cones into forest bouquets. BARK is proceeding with their plans to introduce beavers to Mt. Hood National Forest (at a slower pace, lacking the impact award) and described their on-going groundtruthing efforts when faced with timber sales and logging. Their volunteers have preserved hundreds of acres for endangered species like the spotted owl and red tree vole.
Ninety-nine girlfriends showcased our work on MetroEast's Community Hotline. The program is hosted by Monica Weitzel, who joined ninety-nine girlfriends after going through the grant award process on behalf of MetroEast. MetroEast was a 2017 grantee partner.  Check out the video. 
Would you like to volunteer?

Our wonderful new Member Engagement Team is here to help you find a place for your talents and interests if you would like to do more than make your financial contribution and vote. Their job is to learn what skills or talents you’d like to bring to ninety-nine girlfriends, and then put you in touch with team leaders who need help. Please email Christine, Mary Wells, and Kirsten 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
Did you snap a fun photo at an event?
Would you like to share it for possible use in ninety-nine girlfriends publications and social media? Just identify the event and participants, unless the photos is of a large group. Please make sure the folks photographed are okay with a share then forward to Trish at

Outreach Team
Help expand our outreach list by getting all the email addresses for the Give Guide nonprofits not already in our Outreach Database. About 35 email addresses still need to be discovered. Contact Deborah at if you have some time and like such research!
Ninety-nine girlfriends 2018 Award Winners
$100,000 IMPACT AWARDS: 
August Wilson Red Door Project, Evolve: Using Theatre to Impact Public Safety in Portland; KairosPDX, Transformational Education for Tomorrow's Leaders; Red Lodge Transition Services,Healing the Sacred Hoop

Bark;  Cascade AIDS Project

$12,200 CORE MISSION/RUNNER-UP AWARDS: Bravo Youth Orchestras;  Adelante MujeresFriends of the Columbia GorgeCASA for Children. Inc.; Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
Many thanks everyone who contributed to our Newsletter!

Lead Editor - Trish Bowcock
Photography -  Renee Lopez, Teri Jensen Freeman, Joanne Fox, Susan Mersereau 
Content Contributions - Azul Tellez Wright, Maura Koehler Hanlon, Jinx Faulkner, Deborah Edward, Tammy Wilhoite, Jane Carlsen, Susan Mersereau
Editors - Eileen Brady, Heidi Sobol, Tammy Wilhoite, Deborah Edward

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