About NC100BW

About the National Coalition of 100 Black Women- Indianapolis Chapter, Inc.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women was founded in New York City in 1981 by a group of women who came together to establish a leadership forum for Black women that represented the breadth of professional diversity from the public and private sectors.  There are now chapters of the NCBW in every major city in the country.

The Indianapolis Chapter was founded in October 1982.  The NC100BW-Indianapolis Chapter is a non-profit 501(c) (3) public benefit organization involved in a variety of initiatives in the Indianapolis community.  Membership includes a broad cross section of women in the local community.  Since 1982 we have continuously built partnerships through creative alliances with civic groups, cultural institutions, businesses and governmental organizations throughout the community.  Our strategic focus areas are Economic Development, Health, Education, Arts and Culture, and Public Policy as it impacts African American women and girls.

NCBW Vision

Our vision is that Black women and girls will live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.

NCBW Mission

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) (NC100BW) advocates on behalf of Black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.

Our Core Values

We believe in…

Gender Equity



Racial & Social Justice

Integrity & Accountability

Economic Empowerment


¨ We actively promote gender equity through our plans, activities and programs.

¨ We work collectively to leverage our political and economic influence.

¨ Living and modeling the ideals we proclaim are critical to our success.

¨ We demonstrate respect for, recognize the accomplishments of, and share in the success of women of color.

¨ We enable the identification and development of leaders across our communities.

Membership Requirements

The Indianapolis Chapter includes a broad cross-section of women who represent a variety of professional and entrepreneurial endeavors; older women; younger women; women who have lived here all their lives; women who are relatively new to Indianapolis.  The Coalition is an organization of women who are serious about themselves and what women can contribute to this country.  If there is one common thread that runs throughout the membership, it is demonstrated leadership in the Indianapolis community or beyond.

Membership in the Coalition is by invitation.  To become a member, a candidate must be willing to give time to the organization and the community.  All active members are required to work on a program committee and support the Academy for Girls; attend membership and committee meetings; pay annual membership dues and assessments; and meet any other approved commitments.

Fundraising Activities

Funds raised from Coalition projects are used to support both Coalition and non-Coalition projects which are consistent with the organizational purpose.   “Gourmet Gents,” an elegant evening of sampling the culinary preparations of some of the city’s finest gents, is  the major fundraising event.

Programs and Projects

The Coalition is involved in a variety of initiatives in the Indianapolis community.  Our motto is “Building Partnerships through Creative Alliances.”  In our chosen focus areas, we sponsor training sessions, on-going projects, and one-time events, taking positions when necessary.  You see the name of the Coalition in many places.  The Coalition Academy for Girls is a major program.  The Academy provides a mentoring program for middle and high school girls to supplement and enhance the traditional educational and guidance systems provided in schools and homes.

Activities, Alliances & Events – Past & Present

¨ Coalition Academy for Girls

¨ “My Sisters Keeper” Financial Literacy Programs

¨ ACT Against AIDS Leadership Initiative

¨ Hoosier Capital Girl Scouts Partnership

¨ “Sisters Getting Real About HIV/AIDS” Awareness Campaign

¨ Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Education  & Training

¨ Urban Mission YMCA Partnership

¨ Hampton Sisters Tribute/Indiana Historical Society

¨ The Prevention Partnership Combating HIV/AIDS

¨ Saks Fifth Avenue Opening

¨ Founding Member, Indianapolis Presidents’ Roundtable

¨ Indianapolis Museum of Art Partnership

¨ Ronald McDonald House Charities

¨ Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build & 25th Anniversary

¨ HBO/Time Warner Partnership – “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”

¨ Jacob Lawrence Art Presentation

¨ Gourmet Gents

¨ Creative Writing Workshop – Children’s Museum

¨ Nordstrom Partnership—Opening Gala

¨ Breakthrough Women Awards Program

¨ United Way Minority Intern

¨ “Raisin” Theatre Party

¨ Minority Business Women’s Expo

¨ Indy Roundball Invitational Coaches Luncheon

¨ Book Discussion: Terry McMillan

¨ Cabaret

¨ Annual Retreat

¨ Diva – Premier Cinema Party

¨ United Negro College Fund

¨ Coffee with the Coalition

¨ Role Model Program

¨ Clowes Reception for Jessye Norman

¨ Women in Politics Seminar

¨ Women in Health Care Symposium

¨ Teen Pregnancy – Partners in Responsible Parenting Project

¨ Circle City Classic

¨ Lecture and Autograph Reception:  Dr. Nathan Hare, author of “Black Family in America”

¨ Community Workshop:  “Children Having Children – Strategies for Preventing Teen Pregnancy”

¨ Indianapolis Growth Project Film

¨ Indiana Black Expo Partnerships

¨ Women’s Forum

¨ Block Lecture Series:  Dr. Maya Angelou Reception

¨ Black Women’s Roundtable, Indiana Black Expo

¨ N.A.A.C.P. Life Member

¨ Center for Leadership Development

¨ Co-Sponsor “Enter Frederick Douglas”

¨ Circle Theatre Reception:  Leontyne Price

¨ Phoenix Theatre Reception:  “Advice to the Players”

¨ Madame C. J. Walker Urban Life Center Dedication

¨ Infant Mortality Task Force

¨ Wellness Day Health Fairs

¨ Storyteller Series, Indianapolis Public Schools

¨ Afro-American Dance Group

¨ “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Cast Send-Off