Our Fellows Program

The "Fellows Program" was created to invite young women ages 20-35 to bring diverse voices and perspectives to our collective giving grantmaking. The program is for women in our four-county region who demonstrate a commitment to learning about philanthropy and the needs in the community but who may currently lack the financial resources to join as fully-paid members We welcome women of all ethnic backgrounds to apply. 

Fellows participate as full voting members of ninety-nine girlfriends and are expected to be active on committees or teams that advance our education and grantmaking. Fellows also select one annual individual and/or group project to do that advances their own learning and the work of our collective giving circle. We ask for a three year commitment. 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. 

In our first year we were able to invite three amazing candidates to participate - Cleo, Candace, and Molly.  Each of them participated with a grantmaking or other committee and the three stepped up big-time to produce our December 2017 Awards Celebration. Their feedback is helping us shape the program in 2018.

Please share this information with potential candidates:

  Interested applicants are asked to complete the application and scan it and email it to info@ninetyninegirlfriends.com by 5pm May 7 2018.

Interviews for finalists will happen the following week, with selection to occur by May 15th. A Fellows Orientation will be held in late spring, early summer.

We will get back to applicants with additional information about the review and selection timeline.