The Las Vegas Chapter of the National Coalition was chartered in May, 2004 under the leadership of Dr. Sandra Mack. Our purpose is to advocate and serve as a catalyst for change in the lives of African American women in the Las Vegas, Clark County area. This has been and will continue to be accomplished through joint activities with community groups as well as chapter-initiated programs.
Over the past years, the Las Vegas Chapter has formed alliances with several companies and community organizations to carry out success programs.
The Las Vegas Chapter is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, receiving support from local businesses, foundations and federal agencies. In addition, a substantial portion of the annual budget is received from membership dues and the fundraising activities.
The Las Vegas Chapter will work to empower the community and to develop inclusive project that benefit the community. This will be accomplished through a series of financial workshops, AIDS/HIV Awareness Seminars, youth career conferences, forming new alliances with other organizations, and chapter initiated projects.
Making Changes to Better Our Community
A driving force for meaningful change in gender equity and sociopolitical advancement for women of color.
Advocate on behalf of women of color to promote leadership development and gender equity in health, education and economic development.
- Each existing member and new members must be clear on our vision, mission and goals.
- Every activity, program, collaboration, and event must be clearly linked to our vision and mission. To receive funding, clear expectations must be set with identified measures of success.
- Committee plans must be completed by October 15th for approval and to complete the fiscal year budget.
- We are only as strong as our weakest link. Promote a spirit of togetherness. Create opportunities to know and, as importantly, respect each other and each committees work.
- As requested, a calendar of critical events will be published based on the committee plans and updated monthly to reflect the fluidity of the organization.
- The website will be redesigned and updated and will serve as the primary depository for all things that are NCBW.
- All members will be expected to attend the Annual Retreat, the Madam CJ Walker Luncheon and at least two events sponsored by the NCBW.
- Devote time and attention at each general meeting, committee meetings and other gatherings to build a “sense of team” and to address the personal development needs of our members.
Advocacy is Our Mission and Becomes Our Focus
- Take advantage of the “Day at the Capital”, legislative days, etc. Identify our position on critical votes well in advance and make our presence known.
- Work with civic leaders and our membership to identify the most critical needs impacting women of color and put together an overarching plan with tactics from each committee to address these needs.
- The members of the NCBW Las Vegas organization works collectively to obtain its funding. Our chapter does not only rely on the Madam CJ Walker Luncheon and certain committee members. Each member holds a responsibility to ensure the organization has the funds to sustain its mission.
- In lieu of assessments as a necessity, each member should identify how they can help raise funds; what contacts they have professionally and personally.
- Develop a target list of employers and other organizations/individuals that today do not provide financial support and create a plan to reach them.
Dr. Sandra Mack was on the National Board of NCBW when she moved to Las Vegas. Urged by fellow Board Members to start a chapter here, she slowly, but persistently sought to meet women who met the criteria of National. Finally, in late summer 2002, she invited a group of women to a meeting at her home. These women were from other organizations, friends and acquaintances with a very diverse background. She asked to all an important question:
“Was there a need for an organization that would advocate for Black Women in the areas of Health, Education and Economic Development?”
They all agreed the answer to the question was ‘YES’.
The National Vice President in charge of Membership and Chapter Development, Grazelle Howard from North Carolina, made arrangements to come to Las Vegas in 2003 to conduct an all-day orientation for this group of women to ensure they understood the background and objectives of the Coalition. Throughout the year, the Las Vegas group continued to meet and refine their mission, vision and goals. On May 22, 2004, Grazelle returned to Las Vegas for the installation Ceremony, Community Luncheon and Reception held at The Texas Station Hotel and Casino. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Las Vegas Chapter (NCBW-LV) was established with 47 founding members.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women is a non-profit volunteer organization. It‘s members address common issues in their communities, families, and personal lives, promoting gender and racial equity. Programs are nationally recommended to be transitional and address current issues and needs that impact lives within the community under the umbrella of “Aim My Sisters Keeper. The changes promoted are targeted to be systemic, through legislative change, “From Policy: Making Advocacy Count!”
The national chapter was founded in New York City on October 24, 1981. With chapters across most states, we collaborate through our annual conferences to stay informed on current matters that affect our lives.
See the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. for more information on current topics and priorities.