Dear NCNW Family,
The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) was founded in New York City on December 5, 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune. What a glorious day that was! As we pause to observe our 78th anniversary, I think one of the ways we can honor our past is to prepare for the future. To that end, it is very fitting that we launch our strategic planning work with a series of town hall meetings in the Western, South Central, Midwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.
We find ourselves operating in changing and challenging times. The reality is that shifts in the social, economic, cultural and political landscape can and do directly (and sometimes adversely) impact women of African descent. Now, more than ever, Ms. Bethune’s call for NCNW to function as a network of local and national women’s leadership and service organizations resonates in my spirit. No individual or single organization can address the varied and complex issues that threaten the well-being of Black women. But together, we can make a real and lasting difference.
Our focus on solvency, infrastructure and programs is important and necessary. While we made real progress towards stabilizing NCNW’s finances, we must continue until we eliminate old, lingering debt, generated new resources and focus our mission-critical work in Education, Health and Economic Empowerment. To that end, I ask that every member of NCNW—annual members, Life and Legacy Life Members, Affiliate leaders, national staff and Executive Committee members, Life Members guilds, sections and national affiliate organizations— make a special, year end gift in honor of our founder and her vision.
Finally, I ask you to join with me as we prepare for our future by providing your personal financial support for the vision that inspired Ms. Bethune, Dorothy Irene Height and each of us. Together we can harness the leadership power of Black women.
Thank you, in advance for considering a special, tax-deductible year-end gift. Please make your check or money order payable to NCNW and send it to me at:
2013 NCNW Founder’s Day Observance
c/o Ms. Ingrid Saunders Jones, National Chair
National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
Dorothy I. Height Building
633 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW– 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20004
On a personal note, thank you, for your leadership, support and many expressions of love and encouragement throughout the year. While we look back and celebrate our founder, we also look ahead to our future with great anticipation.
Ingrid Saunders Jones
National Chair, NCNW