Concerned Women for America/ CWFA/ Beverly LaHaye


Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization with a rich 40-year history of helping the members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy. CWA focuses on seven core issues - Definition of the Family, Sanctity of Human Life, Education, Sexual Exploitation, Religious Liberty, National Sovereignty, and Support for Israel. At its root, each of these issues is a battle over worldviews.

CWA is a unique blend of policy experts and an activist grassroots network of people in small towns and big cities across the country working to address mutually held goals and concerns.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 34300
Washington, DC 20043


Phone: (202) 488-7000


Organization details

EIN: 953580834

CEO/President: Mrs. Penny Young Nance

Chairman: Mrs. Linda Murphy

Board size: 10

Founder: Ms. Beverly LaHaye

Year founded: 1979

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1997


Concerned Women for America ("CWA") strives to be the voice for women who embrace traditional family values and to educate the general public on certain non-partisan issues (i.e. abortion, human trafficking, family values, and others). CWA promotes public policy that strengthens women and the family. CWA is the nation's largest public policy women's organization, with over hundreds of thousands of members nationwide. Concerned Women for America's stated mission is to protect and promote Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy. Concerned Women for America is leading a movement dedicated to impacting the culture for Christ through education and public policy. Beverly LaHaye founded CWA in 1979.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

Concerned Women for America uses the following to express its mission statement:

Concerned Women for America protects and promotes Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy.

Statement of faith

Concerned Women for America uses the following to express its statement of faith:

We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God and the final authority on faith and practice.

We believe Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, rose bodily from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven from where He will come again to receive all believers unto Himself.

We believe all men are fallen creations of Adam's race and in need of salvation by grace through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe marriage is between one man and one woman, that sexual activity outside of that marriage is sin, and that God created the human race male and female.

We believe life begins at conception and is to be protected from conception to natural death.

We believe it is our duty to serve God to the best of our ability and to pray for a moral and spiritual revival that will return this nation to the traditional values upon which it was founded.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating576 of 72525 of 32
Fund acquisition rating276 of 72610 of 32
Resource allocation rating479 of 72621 of 32
Asset utilization rating720 of 72532 of 32

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$119,344$142,088$297,146$419,911$468,135
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$310,382$775,349$388,735$515,955$605,715
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$6,093,107$3,196,176$62,359$64,823$67,025
Other long-term assets$0$2,890$7,888$5,539$8,454
Total long-term assets$6,093,107$3,199,066$70,247$70,362$75,479
Total assets$6,403,489$3,974,415$458,982$586,317$681,194
Payables and accrued expenses$538,362$195,955$278,793$537,004$399,839
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$538,362$195,955$278,793$537,004$399,839
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$54,762$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$3,238,894$2,154,432$0$0$0
Total liabilities$3,777,256$2,350,387$278,793$537,004$399,839
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$101,641$70,160$0$105,303
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,626,233$1,624,028$180,189$49,313$281,355
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,611,852$5,283,698$4,000,770$3,823,744$4,014,653
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$15,668($56,388)$177$131$160
Other revenue$2,874$16,421$14,857$22,672$59,427
Total other revenue$18,542($39,967)$15,034$22,803$59,587
Total revenue$4,630,394$5,243,731$4,015,804$3,846,547$4,074,240
Program services$2,819,419$2,945,828$2,999,279$3,216,738$3,171,004
Management and general$525,007$455,055$248,931$284,096$288,827
Total expenses$3,628,189$3,799,892$3,884,928$4,078,589$4,069,162
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$1,002,205$1,443,839$130,876($232,042)$5,078
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,002,205$1,443,839$130,876($232,042)$5,078


Penny NanceCEO / Presid$212,696
Sara OlsonSr. VP of Ex$140,000
Denise CappuccioCFO$122,427

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

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In 1979, Beverly LaHaye watched a television interview of Betty Friedan, founder of the National Organization for Women. Realizing that Friedan claimed to speak for the women of America, Beverly LaHaye was stirred to action. She knew the feminists' anti-God, anti-family rhetoric did not represent her beliefs, nor those of the vast majority of women.

With the vision of protecting the family through prayer and action, Beverly LaHaye founded Concerned Women for America (CWA). Its headquarters were located in San Diego, California, until January 1985, when the organization moved its national headquarters to Washington, D.C.

Today, Concerned Women for America - with members in 50 states - is the largest public policy women's organization in the nation. Although CWA is primarily a women's organization, its issues deal with the family, so men are also encouraged to join. Its membership includes women and men of all ages, various church affiliations and multiple political parties.

Program accomplishments

On Capitol Hill, CWA lobbyists work hard with members of Congress and their staffs to ensure that families have a voice in the legislative process.

Founded in 2011, Young Women for America is CWA's collegiate initiative with chapters all across the country. YWA is this generation of Christian, conservative women fighting to protect and promote Biblical values and conservative principles on campuses and in the community. These young women on college campuses around the country educate themselves on current issues; they gather to pray for our country, and they act to influence society.

Your Voice of Influence is CWA's weekly update on activities for the previous week. Your Voice of Influence is sent out by email every Saturday morning.

E-mail alerts and press releases are sent out as needed. CWA's Legislative, Legal, and International Departments send notifications of action items and other news.


To give members a voice in each community, hundreds of CWA Prayer/Action Chapters have been formed in cities and towns across America. Prayer/Action Chapters are truly the heartbeat of CWA. Lead by CWA's Field Department, these chapters consist of faithful women and men who meet on a regular basis to pray for leaders and issues, and then take action. Each of these chapters is led by a volunteer leader. And they are making a difference - keeping pornography out of the community, supporting crisis pregnancy centers and organizing voter registration drives.

Contact the CWA National Field Office for more information on how one can become involved in CWA at the local level.