History and Purpose
The National Bethune Recognition Program is an annual fundraising celebration sponsored in eighteen states by members of forty-two community-based sections of NCNW.
The Bethune Recognition Program honors NCNW members and other individuals who support NCNW by giving $300 or more annually and who exemplify the legacy of Mrs. Bethune by making a positive difference in their communities. Those who give or raise funds are called Bethune Achievers.
NCNW’s National Office coordinates the program. Also, Bethune Recognition Program Leadership Teams of NCNW sections, life member guilds and affiliate organizations play a key role in locally executing the program.
Program contributions support the work of the National Office and help strengthen NCNW’s financial base.
The National Bethune Recognition Program was established in 1974 by members of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut sections as a fundraising event to raise money for the national organization and to honor Dr. Dorothy I. Height.
With the cooperation of NCNW section members and assistance from friends of Hadassah, the Mary McLeod Bethune Recognition Program was launched.