National Coalition on Black Civic Participation



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Budget (2017):

Revenue: $1,188,231
Expenses: $1,259,227
Assets: $196,846



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The National Coalition of Black Civic Participation (sometimes called the National Coalition) is an advocacy group that focuses on increasing voter turnout and activism among African Americans and other underserved communities. The organization also professes to promote left-of-center social and economic policy under the guise of “social and economic justice.” 1

The organization has frequently partnered with the National Urban League, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and BET. 2 When Joyner teamed with the National Coalition in 2012, it used the show to register 100,000 new voters. 3

The coalition has a national membership of organizations in the civil rights, labor, business, fraternity, sorority, women, youth, education, faith, policymaker, research, and other spaces. In 2003, the NCBCP established a year-round national program for civil engagement. The coalition has more than a dozen state-based affiliates. 4

Black Women’s Roundtable

The National Coalition established the Black Women’s Roundtable, which released voter guides beginning in 2007. The guides do not endorse candidates but have answers from questionnaires to presidential candidates. The coalition partners with various state and local groups across the country to distributed the voter guides. National Coalition CEO Melanie Campbell said the questionnaire was developed with partnership with Essence. The top priorities in the questionnaire are about candidates’ stances relating to issues of racism, hate crimes, criminal justice reform, economic justice, policing policy, and education. 5


COVID-19 Pandemic

In 2020, the National Coalition joined other organizations such as the National Urban League, the NAACP and the National Action Network in a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) to address an alleged disproportionate impact that the pandemic coronavirus was having on minority communities. 6

2020 Census and Elections

Campbell, the National Coalition’s CEO said the top priority for 2020 must be completing the U.S. Census and voting in the elections. She claimed the African American population was undercounted by more than 800,000 in the 2010 Census. Campbell added that “A low count will adversely affect Black communities politically, economically, socially and educationally for the next 10 years.” 7

The organization launched “NCBCP Unity 2020 Vote and Be Counted,” and scheduled Black Census Week initially for March 2020. 8

After former Vice President Joe Biden all but secured the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, Campbell credited the black vote, and said the road to the White House is through the South, and no Democrat is going to win the South without winning the black vote. 9

Hate Crime Response

The National Coalition partnered with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in late 2017 to launch the Black Youth Vote #StopTheHate Organizing Campaign. State partners for the organization included Living Green Club/Building Green Initiative HBCU Green Fund @ Clark Atlanta University; the Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation; Alabama Black Youth Vote, the Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation; Philadelphia Black Youth Vote, Rising Sons; and Prince Georges Black Youth Vote; and Community of Hope AME Church in Temple Hills, Maryland. The initiative focused on increasing awareness about hate crimes, advocating for tougher laws to stop hate crimes, and establishing city and regional task forces to respond to violence, harassment and intimidation affecting millennials who are Muslim, African-American, illegal immigrants, or LGBT. 10

Southern Advocacy

In 2018, the National Coalition set up a regional office in Atlanta, Georgia. Campbell said the reason for the office is that Republicans don’t focus on black voters while Democrats ignore black voters in the South. She said if southern black voters mobilized, then parties would have to pay attention. 11

In 2016, the Black Woman’s Roundtable launched Unity’16, with a plan called “State of Emergency #PoweroftheSisterVote.” It focused on Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, which were considered battleground states that year. 12

Other Policies

The organization has expressed opposition to voter identification laws. 13

The National Coalition has supported net neutrality policies that allows the Federal Communications Commission to have some overview of the Internet when it backed the Obama administration-majority FCC’s package of regulations on internet service providers. 14


  1. National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Bloomberg. Company Profile. Accessed March 19, 2020.
  2. National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Great Nonprofits. Accessed March 20, 2020.
  3. Robinson-Jacobs, Karen. “Tom Joyner’s 50-Year Legacy: Social Activism Through the Power of Radio.” NBC News. February 4, 2020. Accessed March 19, 2020.
  4. Press Release. “National Coalition on Black Civil Participation Honors Barbara Lee With Chairman’s Circle Award.” Rep. Barbara Lee. May 12, 2009.
  5. McNeir, Kevin. “Don’t be Fooled by ‘Fake News’ – Black (and Brown Votes Matter.” The Washington Informer. March 11, 2020. Accessed March 20, 2020.
  6. Givens, Dana. “Civil Rights Leaders Call Out Congress to Address Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on African Americans.” Black Enterprise. March 18, 2020. Accessed March 20, 2020.
  7. Campbell, Melanie. “Count Every Black Person in the 2020 U.S. Census.” Black Entertainment Television. October 22, 2019. March 20, 2020.–count-every-black-person-in-the-2020-us-census.html
  8. Berry, Deborah Barfield and Smith, Sherman. “How Groups Are ‘Pulling Out All the Stops’ to Accurately Count People of Color for Census 2020.” USA Today. February 28, 2020. Accessed March 20, 2020.
  9. Associated Press. “Black Voters Power Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday Success.” U.S. News and World Report. March 5, 2020. Accessed March 20, 2020.
  10. Special Report. “National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Launches Black Youth Vote ‘Stop the Hate’ Campaign Seeks to Reduce Growing Racial Tensions and Rise of Hate Crimes.” Afro. October 9, 2017.
  11. Berry, Deborah Barfield. “Black Women’s Groups Step Up Efforts to Energize African American Voters in the South.” USA Today. July 9, 2018.
  12. Burke, Lauren Victoria. “Black Women’s Roundtable Launches National Vote Effort.” The Baltimore Times. October 19, 2016. Accessed March 21, 2020.
  13. Press Release. “National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Applauds Judge Simpson’s Postponement of Voter ID Requirement in PA.” CNBC. October 2, 2012.
  14. Press Release. “The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the National Council of Negro Women Comment on New FCC Order to Preserve Open Internet.” December 21, 2010. Accessed March 20, 2020.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Diane Babineaux
    Board Member
  2. Norman Hill
    Founding Member
  3. Tracy Sturdivant
    Former Project Manager
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: May 1, 1982

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Dec Form 990 $1,188,231 $1,259,227 $196,846 $196,846 N $1,149,498 $38,733 $0 $82,691 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $1,108,029 $1,048,815 $274,376 $230,212 N $1,108,029 $0 $0 $82,141 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $909,199 $947,652 $103,500 $118,649 N $909,199 $0 $0 $111,530 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $1,052,836 $921,359 $143,540 $283,862 N $1,052,836 $0 $0 $105,000 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $636,092 $745,816 $47,617 $319,416 N $636,092 $0 $0 $80,780 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $923,914 $1,298,387 $72,362 $182,636 N $950,343 $27,100 $0 $83,832 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $1,308,360 $972,906 $484,779 $220,541 N $1,334,476 $46,403 $0 $118,762 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $900,306 $1,469,295 $159,766 $172,992 N $963,069 $3,580 $0 $95,988 PDF

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    National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

    WASHINGTON, DC 20036-5334