One year ago on May 14th the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition (BCWAC) received its notice from the Commonwealth that the organization was officially authorized as a non-profit corporation.
After several years of careful foundational work establishing our Principles and building trust from our Partners, the Steering Committee (now Board) felt we were ready to take the next step in laying the groundwork for the future of the Coalition.
It has always been the long-range vision that the BCWAC would become an independent organization with its own IRS designation, funds, assigned staff and office space. Fortunately, our fiscal agent, A Woman’s Place, continues to harbor us and to enable us to “grow our legs” in a step-by-step logical progression toward those ends.
The Board has continued its governance responsibilities by making sure our organizational documents are in order, by recruiting new Board members, by providing all appropriate insurance, by working with the Finance Committee to engage both a CPA and legal firm, and by making the decision that the BCWAC will soon apply to the IRS for a 501( c )4 designation.
All of this is to say that while we have been working hard to achieve our advocacy and educational goals each year, we are now poised to move forward to have an even greater impact in Harrisburg and across the Commonwealth as well as Bucks County. The opportunity to work with many other coalitions and organizations in Pennsylvania who share our values about economic independence for women and their families, about the amelioration of poverty, about responsible public budgets, and most importantly, about finding opportunities for systemic change and reform has never been better.
We hope readers of this Blog will become a Partner (if not already) and will commit some time and energy to help this important endeavor. We congratulate all Partners for their commitments and celebrate together our accomplishments past and to come.
Nancy Morrill is the President Emerita of the BCWAC.
Educated in girls’ schools, Nancy Morrill’s long commitment to advocacy for women and girls encompasses her experiences as a NGO Delegate to the United National International Women’s Year Conference in Mexico City and as a Delegate-at-Large to the Houston Women’s Conference. She represented the national Girl Scouts organization in Washington, DC, and later served on the GSUSA Board.
As a management consultant, one of her clients was Women’s World Banking. Here in Bucks County, Nancy has served as President of Planned Parenthood Association of Bucks County and on the board of the Family Planning Council of Southeastern PA. She is known as the “Founding Mother” of the Bucks County Women’s Fund, which sparked the formation of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition. Nancy served as President of the Coalition for six years.