Dear ninety-nine girlfriends,

 We are thrilled to present the ninety-nine girlfriends’ finalists for 2017. Download the complete Voters' Guide above. 

Together we have accomplished a tremendous amount in a very short period of time. We launched last year with 117 members and this year we grew to 253 members! With the power of so many women, we are able to make TWO $100,000 Impact Awards this year and three $17,666 Finalist Awards. This past June, 153 nonprofits submitted letters of interest. From June to November, over 60 members committed their time to reviewing, studying, meeting with and recommending the five finalists you will read about in this Voters’ Guide. You can vote with your heart, knowing that all of these finalists have been well vetted. They are all amazing choices!

We have about 100 volunteers in ninety-nine girlfriends, but there is absolutely no requirement to volunteer. There are only two things we commit to: make our financial contribution and vote! You’ve made your contribution and now it is time to hear from 253 voices -- your voices. It is time to vote.  

Vote online by November 21 at 5:00 pm PST and join us on Dec 6 at 6:00pm at The Evergreen PDX to celebrate our two $100,000 Impact Award winners and three Finalist Award winners.

A gentle reminder: we ask that members do not lobby other members. Your vote is a personal choice. Ninety-nine girlfriends is committed to parity: one woman, one equal contribution, one vote. Make yours count.

What a joy it has been to bring ninety-nine girlfriends into being. Enjoy the five presentations from our finalists this evening!

Yours in collective community action,

Deborah Edward, Eileen Brady, Erin Zollenkopf, Jinx Faulkner, Michelle Hynes, and Pip Denhart

Your 2017 Executive Committee/Grants Steering Committee