The National League of American Pen Women, Inc., is a designated 501 (c)(3) organization organized and operated for charitable, educational and literary purposes in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code. All donations to NLAPW are tax deductible.
Donations to the NLAPW, either designated for a specific purpose or the CEF, or given for the general operating fund, will help the NLAPW continue to encourage, recognize, and promote the production of creative work of professional standard in Art, Letters, and Music, in accordance with our stated mission.
Many of our programs are in need of additional funding, for example, book donations to school districts, art exhibits for underserved populations, expanding our publications to include audio and video works, and efforts to reach increased audiences with enrichment and professional training programs. Even though we have cut our operating and management expenses, in these economic hard times, our expenses are in danger of overtaking our revenues.
You can help the NLAPW support the arts: in a small way with an instant $5 donation, with a $30, $50 or $100 one-time donation, or by becoming a regular contributor to sustain the life of the League through our planned giving program. Download and print out a planned giving donation form here. If you prefer to donate through the mail, please see our Contact Us page.
We’re also sponsoring a Sandy Book Drive, sending our award winning anthology of women writers on Abraham Lincoln, Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln to libraries and schools in the Northeast. Concerned book lovers anywhere can click on the Donate Now button to donate any amount, no matter how small, to help devastated libraries replace their collections. Please add a note to your donation specifying “Sandy Book Drive,” and all donations marked this way will go directly to this effort.
Our annual budget expenses include Program and Membership Services, League activity, building expenses, scholarships and awards, and management and general expenses. Our membership dues are low relative to comparable professional organizations. Membership dues help to cover membership services and benefits, such as the publication of the Pen Woman magazine, technical upgrades to our website, and operating costs associated with membership records and services, as well as programmatic activities that benefit the public, all of which come out of our general (unrestricted) fund.
Our National Headquarters, the Pen Arts building, is supported by the Commemorative Endowment Fund (CEF), according to our bylaws. The building brings in rental revenue.
We operate with an all-volunteer National Executive Board, and hire minimal staff for clerical and editorial purposes.
NLAPW bylaws require an independent yearly audit, which every year allows us to assess our financial condition and ensure that our mission is being realized through our budget. The audit for the fiscal year ending April, 2010, is published in the Fall/Winter issue of the Pen Woman magazine. The Independent Auditors’ Report and Financial Statement for FY ending April 2011 is available through this website. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the password to view the complete audit.