Greetings NCBW Members, Partners and Friends:
On behalf of the National Directorate and all the activist members in our 62 chapters in 27 states that comprise the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Incorporated (NCBW), it is an honor to present you with the 2019-2020 Annual Report. Over the course of the last fiscal year, I have had the opportunity to shape the tone of the organization, serving as your National President.
Throughout the fiscal year, we have faced joys and fears, laughter, and pain as we navigated the path for our chapters. None of that would have been possible without the contributions of the leaders who have served before me. I am blessed to inherit a legacy that was not only loyal and productive, but fiscally sound as well. To that end, I am eternally grateful.
Collectively, NCBW continues to surpass excellence as a pillar in the communities throughout the United States. The organization continues to be recognized for our efforts in the areas of Health, Education, Economic Empowerment and Public Policy changes in our communities. NCBW received several awards and acknowledgements from the private and public sectors during fiscal year 2019–2020.
By our measures, NCBW has exceeded our goal of offering timely training and leadership support essentials for our Chapters. With transparency as the foundation and key factor for success, we presented the entire organization leadership with as much information as possible to ensure that they were prepared to make the best decisions. I have been blessed with an “Elite Dream Team” of Elected Officers, Board of Directors and National Committees whose commitment and willingness to serve leaves me in awe.
The National Coalition was founded in 1981 in New York City and is a 40-year-old advocacy organization whose vision is that black women and girls will live in a world where socio- economic inequity does not exist. Through partnerships, NCBW has successfully: • executed programs such as Pathways to Success (Wells Fargo), • increased our percentage in mentorship programs (CARES), • supported creating practical solutions and preventive measures to improve and build healthier communities for black women and girls (Black Women’s Health Imperative), • expanded our reach in voter education and registration (100 Black Men of America (100BMOA)), and • distributed thousands of dollars in educational scholarships.
Through our unwavering commitment in FY 2019-2020 NCBW continued to execute and expand established programs, training, and more, such as NCBW 100 LEAD Academy, Leadership Conferences (July 2020 & January 2021– virtual), virtual Legislative Day (April 2020 and 2021) and more. NCBW continues to impact the lives of countless women and girls in the community.
The National Leadership will continue to focus on positioning the organization and each chapter for continued optimal success in the years to come. We will strengthen our programs; enhance our public policy initiatives and expand our economic base to positively change the lives of black women and girls in all 62 chapters across this country as we Step Up and Lead.
In closing, it has been my honor to carry the vision and mission forward on behalf of our Founding National Leaders and former National Presidents.
Virginia W. Harris, Immediate Past National President