The Florida NOW Education Fund was established in 2007, as the Florida National Organization for Women visualized having a foundation to help educate and inspire women and girls of Florida.
The Florida NOW Education Fund’s mission is to improve the status of Florida’s women and girls through education, research, and the dissemination of informational material. Our purpose is to educate the public on issues that concern women and especially women in Florida. We aim to provide information about women as a class rather than provide specific aid to individual women in achieving personal solutions or temporary relief from oppression.
The Florida NOW Education Fund BELIEVES that education is key to women’s achieving equal status and full participation in our society and that knowledge affects decision-making in political, economic and social realms. We BELIEVE when women have the facts, they can exercise their political rights and responsibilities as citizens. WE BELIEVE that knowledge can help women develop confidence in their own ability to determine actively, in partnership with men, the conditions of their life, their choices, their future and their society.
The Florida NOW Education Fund commits to providing education about issues and matters that affect women and girls. We reaffirm our faith that knowledge can make a difference. It is our hope that the information we publish will attract young women to feminism and to working within the feminist agenda. We acknowledges that achieving parity cannot be realized without including all women; and that women, especially younger women, need to understand how tenuous their rights are, that without Constitutional guarantee for equality, these rights can be lost, and that they are the future.
The Florida NOW Education Fund’s main activity is to raise money to help disseminate and develop information necessary to engage, educate, and inspire women. This information may be delivered via an interactive Web page, brochures, pamphlets, videos, books, articles, and public speaking engagements.
The Florida NOW Education Fund encourages the development of this information for women throughout the state by requesting papers, articles, and research papers that are kept in repository on the Florida NOW Education Fund web pages for access to all.
The Florida NOW Education Fund priorities for the next several years include educating women on the issue of equal rights; the full range of reproductive health choices including birth control and abortion; fairness in the courts with regard to child custody, spousal support, and domestic violence; and issues of discrimination against women. We will strive to raisie public awareness about problems related to women’s position in society; to increase awareness among service providers such as social workers, police, medical personal, etc. about specific issues relating to women, especially Human Trafficking; to encouraging women to vote, to run for office and to seek positions of power and responsibility in the community; to seek out feminist work and research; and identify and recognize outstanding women in Florida.
GOVERNANCE AND STRUCTURE
The Florida NOW Education Fund is a volunteer organization lead by a board of volunteers consisting of president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. Officers are elected for a two-year term. All other committees are volunteer and established as needed. Volunteers are encouraged and welcomed; they play a vital role in the success of the fund.
The Florida NOW Education Fund meets quarterly with members of Florida NOW to report on activities, get feedback and encourage participation. The FLorida NOW Education Fund targets and encourages participation by all women and girls in Florida. The meetings are held in venues accessible to women with disabilities.
Money raised by the Florida NOW Education Fund is spent to create educational brochures, flyers, and handouts; to reimburse speakers for expenses incurred while speaking (gas, lodging, food); and to promote education about matters that concern Florida women.
Administrative expenses include annual filing fees, domain name, web sites and maintenance fees, and bank expenses. There are no rent, salaries, or office costs.
PUBLIC POLICY INFORMATION
The Florida NOW Education Fund does not attempt to influence legislation, public policy and/or traditional laws and practices but does attempt to make women and men aware of laws, public policies and practices that affect women. For example, there is no Equal Rights Amendment in the Florida Constitution. The Florida NOW Education Fund publishes information about why and how women may benefit from having an Equal Rights Amendment ratified in the Florida Constitution. 2.
The Florida NOW Education Fund does not recommend or work for the election of any specific political candidates.
Donna Slutiak, Treasurer, email@example.com/brevardnow
APPLY FOR GRANTS
The Florida NOW Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization that promotes equality by educating Floridians on issues important to women and girls. Your donations help fund research, publications and dissemination of information. Our great work depends on your support. Donate here.
Florida NOW Education Fund Inc.
14939 Ward Rd . Orlando, FL 32824 USA