Grrl Active Energizes us on GiveBig!



Our 2017 GiveBig journey of making new friends culminated with an inspiring evening of intergenerational wisdom exchanged between our young feminist leaders and our caring community of adults. Thank you for helping to make our inaugural the Future is Feminist event comprised of a speed mentoring, community dinner, and energizing youth panel was an intimate evening of seeing the power of stories and community connection. We love connecting all of our super cool community members together to meet one another and develop a stronger community.

Thank you to Brownies Troop 44466 for reaching out to help Reel Grrls raise a $5,000 GiveBig Challenge pool and inspiring adults to GiveBig! and raising $14,171!

We are thrilled to have  newly formed members of the Grrl Active leadership team. Our future at Reel Grrls is led by our young people to ensure that our mission supporting young people as they explore, critique and author media through a feminist lens is centered around youth voice.

Reel Grrls believes in young people to lead the Future is Feminist, and is committed to providing assistance to incubate a community space that builds empathy, advocacy and amplification.  For those that were in attendance they heard three of our Grrl Active members Aarushi Sahai, Annie Poole, and Lila Shroff share about why they are feminists, and how since the election they are committed to activism. When asked your facilitator Genessa Krasnow about do you consider yourself a feminist, Aarushi said, “I am a feminist because, many people are not.” The Future is Feminist is not just a slogan it’s a reminder that our young people are dedicated to living in an equitable world and they are ready to bring their energy and perspectives to tackling our world’s smallest to biggest challenges, in community with their adult allies.

 Thank you to those that were able to make it out and share an evening with our young people! This community gathering is made possible by the financial support of BECU (thank you to the Queen Anne Branch!), local Seattle Clothing Designers Prairie Underground, and Uncle Harry’s Natural Products!

Thanks to the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBig program we have enjoyed connecting with familiar and new faces to celebrate philanthropy this spring and to recognize our amazing community of young people, their families, volunteers, and our donors that range from individuals, groups, and businesses.

Thank you to our community:

Event Sponsors


$5k GIVEBIG Pool Challenge:

Troop 44466
The Ariel Fund
Rainer Roller Girls
Kate Wallington
The Herschensohn’s
Shannon Halberstadt


Adrian Daye

Adrienne Fox

Allison Carney

Amy Pinon

Ana Deboo

Andrew Funk

Andrew Stess





April McCoy

Ariel Fund

B Michelle Johnson

Betty Lin

Bharat Shyam

Camilo Moreno-Salamanca

Chadd and Vlada Knowlton

Christian Correa

Christina Larsen

Christina Twu

Christopher Newell

Claire Baron

Claudia Bach

courtney sheehan

Cristina Friday

D D Wigley

David Keyes

Dennis Barnes

Elizabeth Maze

Elizabeth Morrison

Emily Guillen

Frank Nam

Gail Rogers

Heidi Norgaard

Ilona rossman ho

Jane Blumenthal & Julie Edsforth

Jamie Young

Jayme Yen

Jayson Rackerby

Jennifer Stuller

Jesse Stewart

Jessica Partnow

Joelle Klein

Kate Wallington

Kathryn Beers

Kevin Spitzer

Laura Culberg

Laura Rattner

Lila Kitaeff

Linda Slater

Lisa Erlangery

Lyda Hawes

Lynne R Lew

Margaret Cummings

Margaret Pehrson

Mark Patterson

Megan Griffiths

Melinda Fox

Michael Herschensohn

Michael Maine

Michele Domingo

Mike Harrington

Molly Michal

Patricia Tempinski

Paul Shin

Peter Sanderson

Renny B Hoppe-Leonard

Robert Caspary

Robyn Jordan

Ryan Davis

S Kemp

Sarah Stuteville

Sarah Wilke

Shannon Halberstadt

Sigma Chang

Stacey Jenkins

Tami Cobb

Tara Peters

Tenzin Paldron

Tim and Lisa Harbert

Tina Urso McDaniel

Tonya Peck

Tracey Wickersham

Wendy Chang

Speed Mentors:

Kimya Dawson (Writer / Singer)
My Tam H. Nguyen (VP of Business Development, Blokable)
Viv Nicole (Activist, Y-WE),
Susie Lee (Former CEO of Siren)
Laura Culberg (Owner, Sweatbox Yoga)
Lulu Carpenter (Teacher at Seattle Girls’ School)
Lara Davis (Artist, Arts Administrator, Race & Equity Consultant)
Subi Terhanian (CEO of Uncle Harry’s Natural Products)

Additional Thanks:

Amy Allsopp for her GiveBig Postcard Design Skills

William Simeona & Team at Pyramid Ales: Nikki & Michah

Jessie Gaupel & Sara Klotz for your event support

Jaimie Hansmire & Darlene Graham for filming

Ambika Terhanian for providing sound

Reel Grrls Fund Development Committee:

Allison Carney
Carrie Plank-Shepard
Cristina Friday
Michael Herschensohn
Malory Graham
Jessie Gaupel
Artist Trust and Planned Parenthood for hosting meetings

Board Members:

Michael B. Maine
Malory Graham
Michael Herschensohn
Shannon Halberstadt
Lila Kitaef
Special thanks to Genessa Krasnow for producing the event

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