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National NOW Times >> Fall 2012  >> Article

NOW's Visionary Circle: Looking Ahead

Women's rights advocates want to make sure that long after we are gone, the feminist organizations that fought for our rights will still be working hard to open doors for the next generation. One way to ensure that NOW remains at the forefront of the women's movement is through a planned gift. The dedicated feminists who prearrange to donate a portion of their estate to NOW comprise NOW's Visionary Circle.

There are many options for leaving a legacy to NOW: You can leave a bequest in your will or make NOW the beneficiary of a life insurance plan, retirement plan or trust. Planned gifts can be made to either NOW or the NOW Foundation. Donations to the NOW Foundation are tax-deductible, while donations to NOW allow us to do the kind of political work that is essential for our cause.

If you choose to join the Visionary Circle, you will receive:

  • Special recognition (with your permission) in the NOW Conference program book;
  • An invitation to a reception for Visionary Circle members held periodically at the annual NOW Conference;
  • Invitations to national NOW events in your area.

One of the most celebrated members of the Visionary Circle was Victoria J. Mastrobuono, a devoted NOW member from 1985 until her passing in 2009. As a caring philanthropist who supported many causes, including the arts, Mastrobuono made women's health a top priority. NOW Foundation honors her generosity at every national conference by presenting the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Women's Health Award to leaders and pioneers in women's health.

In 2010, the first Mastrobuono award was given to the founders of the Boston Women's Health Collective, the group resposnible for the authoritative volume on women's health, Our Bodies, Ourselves. The following year we recognized Nancy Klimas, M.D., professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a leader in the research and treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Most recently, the Mastrobuono award went to Dr. Vivian W. Pinn, the first full-time director of the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health.

If you are interested in receiving more information about NOW's Visionary Circle, or wish to make a planned gift to NOW or the NOW Foundation, please call 202-628-8669 ext. 112, email, or visit If you have already put NOW in your plans, thanks! Please let us know, so we can recognize you as part of our Visionary Circle.

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