Empowerment Programs

NAACP Empowerment Programs

In these challenging times, civil rights advocacy requires more robust engagement in public policy than ever. In order to create a strategic realignment for a stronger, unified NAACP, our existing 501(c)(3) charitable entity will now be called “NAACP Empowerment Programs, Inc.

The corporate entity known as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (“NAACP”) will continue to serve as the parent organization that coordinates the work of our more than 2,000 units across the country. This entity will share the same federal, tax-exempt status of our units under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

NAACP Empowerment Programs will engage primarily in training, education, and advocacy, and will continue to work closely with NAACP units in these endeavors. This realignment will help us speak with a more powerful political voice and channel our resources more efficiently.

NAACP members may continue to join the organization through their local Units. Dollars that come into the NAACP system through membership dues will flow up to the parent as unrestricted 501(c)(4) funds, better aligning our platform.

How Will This Affect Current Giving?

Our programmatic work will continue unchanged. The vast majority of our research, publications, and even our advocacy work will remain 501(c)(3) compliant. Individual donors can still support the NAACP’s charitable and educational work, as always.

Our valued donors, corporate sponsors, and philanthropic partners will be able to continue supporting our work through tax-deductible 501(c)(3) contributions and general support grants. However, when making your gifts–either during your life or through your family’s legacy planning—please pay close attention to the new names of our two national entities in order to ensure your desired tax consequences.

The NAACP and NAACP Empowerment Programs, Inc. will work together at the national and local levels in pursuit of our longstanding mission: to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. The result will be a stronger, unified voice on behalf of communities of color.

The NAACP is a c4 organization (contributions are not tax-deductible), and we have a partner c3 organization known as NAACP Empowerment Programs (contributions are fully tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS).

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