National Council of Negro Women, Washington DC, USA

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National Council of Negro Women, Washington DC, USA
Street address: 633 Pennsylvania Ave NW
City: Washington
State or Province: DC
Country: United States
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Location coordinates: 38° 53' 55" N, 77° 2' 7" W
Executive Director: Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever
Contact number: (202) 737-0120
Contact email:
Target: Women
Organization type: National NGO (operating countrywide or advocating at the national level), Women's network (network/coalition of people or organizations)
Sectors: Economic Empowerment, Human Rights, Legal Rights, Leadership, Political Participation/Governance, Poverty Alleviation, Violence Against Women


The National Council of Negro Women leads, develops and advocates for women of African descent through research, advocacy and national and community-based health, education, and economic empowerment.


The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) is a council of national African American women's organizations and community-based sections. Founded in 1935, the NCNW mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa. With its 39 national affiliates and more than 240 sections, NCNW is a 501(c)3 organization with an outreach to nearly four million women.

NCNW translates its philosophy of public education, community service and advocacy into activities designed to promote a number of benefits for our constituents including:

  • Disseminating information about issues affecting African American women and their families.
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors through wellness projects.
  • Sponsoring events such as The Black Family Reunion Celebration to build on our strengths and traditional values.
  • Training and supporting women and youth in career development and community leadership.
  • Supporting economic development and entrepreneurship.
  • Providing mentoring and educational support to our young people.

The national office of NCNW acts as a central source for program planning and seeks to fill the gaps that exist in our communities. Through its core of volunteers in 34 states, NCNW addresses local needs through organized strategies to bring the added support of a network of thousands of women whose collective efforts enhance community service and actions.


Some of NCNW's recent national and international programs include:

  • The high-profile annual Black Family Reunion Program Celebration.
  • A national obesity abatement initiative.
  • A partnership with national women's organizations in Benin to deliver technology, literacy, microcredit and economic empowerment programs.
  • A small business incubator program in Senegal.

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