Starting a NOW Chapter: Convening Info & Resources

So You Want to Start a NOW Chapter
The quick start guide to starting a NOW chapter. Outlines what exactly it takes to get a chapter going.

Convenor Authorization Form
This form is the first step toward starting a new chapter. Send it to anyone interested in convening a NOW chapter.

Chapter Convenor Kit (updated May 2017)
Once you have started the convening process, take a look at this in-depth guide for detailed information about starting a NOW chapter.

Writing Chapter Bylaws
Having trouble writing your chapter’s bylaws? Here’s an explanation of bylaws, their legal requirements, fiduciary responsibilities, and some examples.

Model Chapter Bylaws and Operating Rules
After you’ve taken a look at our writing chapter bylaws resource, use this model to help write your chapter bylaws and operating rules.

Chapter Affiliation Transfer Form
Looking to add existing NOW members to your chapter? For small requests, email For transfers of more than 15 people, use the above form.

Branding your NOW chapter
Every NOW chapter has its own personality. Refer to this branding guide to ensure your chapter’s distinct identity is reflected.

Chapter Basics Webinar
This webinar provides a comprehensive overview of the actions and work of NOW chapters. Review this skills-building webinar, first run in March 2012.

Recruiting New Members Webinar
Looking to build your chapter’s membership? This webinar first ran in January 2012, will help.

Accessibility Checklist
NOW events should be accessible to all. When planning meetings and events, reference the above checklist to make sure you are complying with NOW’s accessibility policy.

Who speaks for NOW?
Unclear about how to deal with press requests? Review the NOW policy on who can speak for NOW.

Send in NOW memberships
The instructions below cover how to collect dues, send memberships to National NOW, become eligible for rebates, and more.