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Women’s Groups and Programs

National Organization for Women (NOW)

National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Since its founding in 1966, NOW’s goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society. Check us out on Facebook and “Like” Asheville NOW.



Womansong New Start Program

Candidates for an NSP grant are referred to us by local social service agencies. This one-time grant is available for the amount of need up to $500.00. Grant requests are as diverse as the women receiving them. To date, monies have been used to purchase bus tickets for a family escaping domestic violence, for rent or utility deposits or for certification exam fees. Grants provide needed support on an individual’s path toward greater self-sufficiency. Womansong also sponsors the Womansong New Start Scholarship at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville.



The Women for Women giving circle brings women together in an engaging and meaningful way. By combining financial resources and working with others, Women for Women makes high-impact grants to improve the lives of women and girls in our region. Since January 2005, Women for Women has given more than a $1.2 million dollars to programs helping women and girls in our region.

The mission of Women for Women is to increase awareness and address the needs of women and girls in Western North Carolina by promoting women’s philanthropy, empowering women to take action, creating result, and inspiring hope and possibility for women.  Community Foundation Initiative – Women for Women


YWCA of Asheville: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

The YWCA believes in social change. We believe in the empowerment of women, children, and minorities. We believe in a world with diverse peoples living together in peace.

Our mission is to transform that vision into reality – by offering enrichment opportunities for people of all ages and incomes, from child care and tutoring to experiential learning and conflict resolution skills. You can help us meet our mission by making a contribution, becoming a member, or volunteering. 185 S. French Broad Ave.

Asheville, NC 28801     828-254-7206 WNC Region

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