For Your Information: NOW And Its Affiliates


In the interest of our members and supporters, this is the first in a series of periodic installments providing important information about NOW: how the organization is set up, how it works and how members can get involved.

Our organization is composed of several separate entities:
 

  •     NOW, Inc. (NOW) is the membership organization dedicated to grassroots organizing and political action. Contributions to this entity are not tax-deductible.

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  •     The NOW Foundation is the sister organization of NOW, Inc. which engages in litigation, and educational and public policy programs. NOW and NOW Foundation share the same national leadership, some staff and office space in Washington, D.C. Contributions to the NOW Foundation are tax-deductible.

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  •     The NOW Political Action Committee (NOW/PAC) is the arm of NOW that endorses and supports feminist candidates for federal office (U.S. House and Senate). Like NOW Foundation, NOW/PAC shares leadership, staff and office space with NOW, Inc. Only NOW members may contribute to the NOW/PAC.

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  •     The NOW Equality PAC (NEP) is a separate entity that supports the election of feminist candidates for state and local offices around the country, such as governor, state legislature or city council. Anyone may contribute to NEP. Many individual NOW chapters also form their own separate PACs to support local candidates.

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  •     The NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (NOW LDEF), while founded by NOW members, is not associated financially or operationally with NOW, NOW Foundation or the NOW PACs. Although NOW and NOW LDEF often work in coalition on feminist issues, the work that NOW LDEF performs and the organization's leadership, staff  and offices in New York City are separate and distinct from NOW, NOW Foundation and the NOW PACs. However, NOW and NOW LDEF do have some overlapping members on their boards of directors.

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