membership: One woman, one contribution, one vote.
Membership in ninety-nine girlfriends is an opportunity to connect, to learn and to join a group of women, working together, to make on impact in our community. You can download this short Q & A to get a good sense of us!
We engage women of Portland and Southwest Washington who share a strong affiliation to the four-county area of our region. Membership for the 2018 cycle is open until May 10, 2018. Fill out our 2018 online form and make your contribution of $1,100. $1,100 is a big commitment for most people, but if we stretch and other women do as well, we can make meaningful grants of $100,000.
$1,000 of your donation goes into our grants pool. $100 goes towards education and administration. You can be as involved or as uninvolved as you wish - attend events, join a team or simply participate by casting your vote for our award nominees.
Become a member - Join us for 2018!
Sign up now, fill out the "I'm in for 2018!" form and make your tax deductible, non-refundable gift. If you sign up before May 10, 2018, you are eligible to vote for our grantee in November 2018. (If you sign up after May 10, 2018 you can participate in 2018 committees and vote in the 2019 cycle.)
Sponsor a Member
Sponsor a friend, colleague or relative to be a member of ninety-nine girlfriends. Fill out a "She's In for 2018!" form and pay for that woman. She can then participate on the committees and vote.
Support our Fellows Program
The "Fellows Program" was created to invite young women ages 20-35 to bring unique voices and perspectives to our collective giving grantmaking. The program is for women 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 a fully-paid member. 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. We ask for a three year commitment. Through the generosity of program supporters, the member can sponsor a first year fellow by contributing $1,100. The contribution allows the fellows to participate in all of the activities including committees, teams, events and voting. The fellow in turn contributes $100 to help support the next years fellows. Fellow make a three year commitment and contribute $250 in the second year toward their membership and $500 in the third year towards their membership. The Fellows fund supports fund the rest. A member, or a friend of the organization can sponsor a fellow or contribute to the fellows fund. In 2017 we invited three women to join ninety-nine girlfriends. Applications for 2018 are due April 10th, 2018.
Eligible applicants go through an interview process in the spring, and, if selected, participate as full members throughout the grant cycle.
Become a Friend
"Friends" are women, men, corporations, foundations or others who want to support the work of ninety-nine girlfriends. You may give any amount. Funds will go to defray costs of our education, administrative and event expenses. As a Friend you will be listed on the website and invited to interact with us and subscribe to our newsletter. Please contact Jinx at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to become a Friend.
Frequently Asked Questions on Membership
We will update this list as questions come up.
1. What is a member expected to do?
Make your annual contribution and vote. You can get more involved if you'd like through events and work teams.
2. May someone give more than $1,100?
Yes! Additional funds will be used to cover costs of administration and education, or used to sponsor members or fellows and acknowledged in our "Friends" list.
3. Can someone give $1,100 to sponsor someone else?
Yes! You can sponsor a friend, family member or colleague, who gets the vote associated with the member dues.
4. Can a group of women pool their funds to become a member?
No. But we may consider it in coming years.
5. May I use my employer match as part of my annual contribution?
You must make your annual contribution from personal funds. You can contribute through your company giving program and take advantage of your employer's match programs! Employer matches are generally used towards administration and education expenses. You may designate your match towards a specific project, e.g. our Fellows Program, or a specific sponsored member or an Event sponsorship, but please note that the actual net funds that come to us from an employer match are often less than the full match. Processing fees from the employer can be as much as 25% off the match. If you have designated your employer match to sponsor a member and the net balance is short of the required contribution you will be asked to pay the difference to activate the membership.
Contact Jinx at email@example.com for guidance about your employer match options. If there is a balance due between the net employer match and the actual contribution you have intended, you are responsible to make up the difference.
6. Can I use my donor advised fund to make my contribution?
Yes! Check with your financial advisors to confirm that your contribution to ninety-nine girlfriends is consistent with the policies of your donor-advised fund (DAF). Some DAF's may require you to write a personal check for the $100 education/administration portion of our $1,100 contribution to comply with DAF guidelines. Please be aware that we are not able to provide you with advice or counsel.
7. Why don't we get tax receipt letters when we pay our contribution through a donor-advised fund?
When you make your initial payment into your donor- advised fund you receive your charitable deduction in the tax year you funded the DAF. Thus you are essentially regranting when you send your contribution to us. Our fiscal sponsor doesn't send a tax receipt because you've already taken the tax deduction.
8. What if someone signs an agreement but can't pay?
We do not hold additional funds to cover such contingencies. The number of members in good standing determines the amount of funding to be granted during an annual cycle.
9. Can I specify that my dues be contingent on the group giving to a certain cause or organization?
No. This is a democracy of women. Majority rules.
10. How do you ensure that members don't pressure others to vote for their personal favorite cause?
We have learned from our colleagues that confidentiality and conflict of interest should be addressed up front. Each member discloses which groups they are connected to before the grant making process begins. If you are on a nonprofit board or staff you may not be part of the team that is reviewing your group's grant. Members are asked to refrain from lobbying for their favorite cause or groups during the grant making process.
11. How may men be involved?
They may make a contribution to the Friends group, sponsor a Member or Fellow and stay informed as we move forward.
12. Is there a minimum or maximum on the number of members?
Not yet. Other groups suggest that we don't grow too big too fast.
13. I work for a nonprofit. Can my nonprofit pay my membership contribution?
We do not accept membership contribution payments from nonprofit 501-3-c charitable organizations. Membership in ninety-nine girlfriends is intended for individual women who want to explore their own personal community engagement and philanthropy.
14. Who can I contact if I have other questions about membership?
Contact Jinx at firstname.lastname@example.org.