ANNOUNCING NINETY-NINE GIRLFRIENDS NEW LEGAL STATUS

Dear girlfriends,
 
Ninety-nine girlfriends is thrilled to have grown so quickly. In 2018 we had 401 members. In the past three years, we have given $771,000 to nonprofits doing transformative work. This year we hope to have 500+ girlfriends which means we could have FIVE $100,000 awards to offer grantee partners in 2019, bringing our total grants to well over $1,000,000 in less than five years. Click here if you haven't signed up for 2019 and would like to be counted amongst the 500!
 
NEW LEGAL STRUCTURE: With success has come the realization that we are too large to continue as a project with a fiscal sponsor. We applied for 501(c)(3) status for ninety-nine girlfriends and received our approval letter from the IRS in March. We continue to be the same all-volunteer collective giving circle that many of us have come to know and love, and now legally we are registered with the IRS.
 
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: In 2019 you will write your check or make your credit card contribution to "ninety-nine girlfriends,” not to our fiscal sponsor. Anyone making contributions from a fund (e.g., Fidelity, a Donor Advised Fund) may now direct payments to ninety-nine girlfriends directly using our EIN 83-0809479 and our address. Anyone making a contribution for membership, events, Fellows Program support, or other donations will receive a tax acknowledgment letter via email from ninety-nine girlfriends. If you have already contributed for 2019, a tax acknowledgment email was sent to you as soon as your contribution was received. No further action is needed.
 
If you have not received, or have misplaced, your tax acknowledgment letter, send Jinx a note at 
jxfaulkner@gmail.com.
 
SO MANY THANK YOUS: We extend our appreciation to Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GOSW), our first fiscal sponsor, for believing in the power of women’s collecting giving and shepherding us through our early years. We are forever grateful to Joyce White, former Executive Director of GOSW, for taking a personal interest in our project and offering her guidance as we set up our grantmaking and education programs. Kendall Clawson and Craig Kelley deserve our appreciation as well for helping us make a smooth transition from GOSW. Also, we are indebted to Jonathan Harms and Stephen Brooks from the Charitable Partners Fund (CPF), our interim fiscal sponsor, who offered us a safety net as we awaited our approval letter from the IRS. This experience has been an example of a community lifting and supporting of a group of women who are excited to create far-reaching impact.
 
Lastly, we had complete confidence in applying for our 501(c)(3) status because ninety-nine girlfriends member and attorney Carmen Calzacorta and her colleague Lisa Schaures, both from Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, submitted and watchdogged our application - even as the government was shut down (!) - all pro bono. Our heartfelt thanks go to both of them.
 
If you have any questions about this, feel free to email Eileen at 
eileen@journey21.com.
 
Onward to an exciting year. See upcoming events below. 
 
Yours in collective action,

Eileen, Deborah, Jinx, Erin, Pip, Tammy and Jude
 Ninety-nine girlfriends, 4110 SE Hawthorne, #938, Portland, OR 97214
www.ninetyninegirlfriends.com

Summer Socials at members' homes - look for an invite in May. 
Fall Lunch & Learns - TBD

SAVE THESE DATES FOR OUR BIG FALL EVENTS

Meet the Finalists! Monday, November 18, 6:30–8:30pm
Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main 

2019 Awards Celebration Wednesday, December 11, 6:30–8:30pm
Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW