How Girls Inc. is empowering young women with the Power of the Purse


The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. At the heart of the organization is a comprehensive approach to whole girl development that equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and to grow up healthy, educated, and independent. This approach—the Girls Inc. Experience—is the foundation of Girls Inc. Programming, which has proven to be successful in the findings from a recent impact study from the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

According to AIR, Girls Inc. girls have an advantage over their peers in more than 20 key areas, demonstrating that girls not only thrive at Girls Inc., they are also more likely to engage in pursuits and express beliefs that lead to physical and mental wellbeing, academic achievement, and strong character and leadership. In fact, Girls Inc. girls are more likely than other girls to see themselves as leaders, with the skills and capabilities of influencing and improving their local communities.

The Stronger, Smarter, Bolder: Girls Take the Lead report answers the question, “What can Girls Inc. and other successful youth-serving organizations do for girls to allow them to take full advantage of their leadership potential?” The answer lies in giving girls tools and opportunities. With these key supports, girls change their own circumstances. They change the circumstances of others around them. They change the world.

The generosity of Girls Inc. supporters makes it possible for the organization to continue to advance the rights and opportunities of girls and young women, to reduce and eliminate the barriers girls face, and to reform systems that impede their success. Girls Inc. girls are learning to make a difference in their world. They are discovering their voice. They are beginning to envision a future of endless possibilities. With you in their corner, everything is possible.

This Friday marks Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest’s 15th annual Power of the Purse gala! For the last 14 years, more than 200 of Portland’s most notable leaders, artists, entrepreneurs and philanthropists have worked with local purse designers to create one-of-a-kind handbags to raise money for Girls Inc. of the PNW. Each piece is a unique work of art that is auctioned off during a live fashion show featuring Girls Inc. Youth.

n 2019, the Girls Inc. Power of the Purse event raised more than $387,000.00 used to support and serve nearly 1,200 girls in the Pacific Northwest.

This year, Girls Inc. of the PNW will bring Power of the Purse to the comfort of your home via Zoom on Friday, June 5th, from 5:30-7 pm. With the change to free admission and a virtual experience, it’s your year to attend.

You can register here for the event, bid on the purses, check out the PoP-Up Shop.