From time to time, ninety-nine girlfriends members send us links to thoughtful articles about social change, philanthropy, community issues. We will share these links on this page, and archive them quarterly.

From Deborah Edward, February, 2018

As a volunteer-led organization, we have many opportunities for collaborative leadership, Read this brief article "Five Elements of Collective Leadership" from the Nonprofit Quarterly about Collective Leadership. Where do you see our strengths and challenges?

From the Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network, January, 2018

"The Landscape of Giving Circles/Collective Giving Groups in the US."  Detailed overview of the data about giving circle demographics, structures, focus, and activities. The giving circle movement is growing - number of circles tripled in the past 10 years. Find out what are the trends in who's joining, what's been funded.

From Deborah Edward, December, 2017

"Catalyzing Community Well-Being Indicators". A great article in the Nonprofit Quarterly that presents a wheel of indicators of community well-being and suggests ways that nonprofits can align their work and measurement with these big picture measures.

From Michelle Hynes, October, 2017

"Should you agitate, innovate or orchestrate?" A framework you can use to understand the roles you can play in advocating for social change from the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Sept 2017. Leanr different styles regarding leadership, power, communication.

From Paula Liang of Jacksonville Women's Giving Alliance & the Women's Collective Giving Network, September 2017

Register for any of their upcoming webinars the second Tuesday of the month at 9 am Pacific time - October is all about research on women's giving by Fidelity Charitable. November is “If Only We Knew Then What We Know Now!” Lessons Learned During Organizational Growth Stages by network members. .

From Tammy Wilhoite, September 2017

Great article in the Harvard Business Review on "Audacious Philanthropy" by Bridgespan with case studies about how the nonprofit/foundation world took leadership in creating big social change advances such as libraries, polio vaccines, car seats for kids, 9-1-1 emergency services and school lunches. Inspiring!!

Also, if you did not attend the Wiser Giving workshop Sept 6th and want to take the explore more about your own philanthropic priorities, go to this link and take the quiz!

From Deborah Edward, June, 2017

Check out the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) Research Program:

TOP INDICATORS REPORT: The Oregon Community Foundation partners with Oregon State University’s Rural Studies Program and Extension Service to conduct this study, which tracks longitudinal indicators of Oregon’s economy, people, communities, and environment.

OREGON PHILANTHROPY: "Giving In Oregon" is a 2016 OCF report on philanthropy in Oregon. FInd out who gives, where and to what projects. This is an annual report. In addition, the national report by Giving USA has been published. $390 billion in giving is a new high! The report explains changes by sector and by source of fundsDownload their summary.

From Serena Cruz, Virginia Garcia Foundation, April, 2017:

Virginia Garcia presents the 9th Annual Health Care Symposium, Women & Children First: A town hall discussion about the future of health care for women and children in Oregon --  Thursday, April 20th at the OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building as we gather to discuss this very important topic on the future of health care in Oregon. The event begins at 5pm with a social hour that includes beer, wine and appetizers. The town hall will begin at 6pm with a welcome address from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. The panel includes key individuals from organizations like Planned Parenthood, the Oregon Latino Health Coalition and Causa. For tickets and more information, please go to:

From Grantmakers March, 2017:

Check out the Regional Equity Atlas to find out what's happening in our community to address social issues.

From Halle Sadle, February, 2017:

How about getting girlfriends together to attend the Library's annual community reading event March 97:30-9:30 at the Schnitzer Concert Hall?

This year's Everybody Reads selection is Evicted:Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Literary Arts will present a lecture by Desmond as the culminating event of the 15th annual Everybody Reads. Through the lives of eight low-income families, Evicted sheds light on the complex issues surrounding housing and its link to poverty.

For more information check . For group tickets, contact 

From Michelle Hynes, January, 2017:

In the Stanford Social Innovation Review January 2017 issue Dorian Burton and Brian Barnes say we need a new framework for giving to address America's economic, social, and political inequalities. They provide seven key questions about how philanthropists invest in community. Read "Shifting Philanthropy from Charity to Justice".

From Deborah Edward, November, 2016:

Vu Le writes the blog Nonprofits with Balls which chronicles the "fun and frustrations of nonprofit work". He was in Portland speaking with foundations and nonprofits this week. His blog is a terrific read - lots of learning and laughter. I'm subscribing!

From Michelle Hynes October, 2016:

"This episode of Freakonomics Radio (In Praise of Incrementalism) is a sobering reminder of how social change is a very gradual drawn-out process from the civil rights movement to gay rights, despite the popular view of how rapidly marriage equality came about."