NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO ADVANCE FAT ACCEPTANCE INC

We come in all sizes...

aka NAAFA   |   LAS VEGAS, NV   |  https://naafa.org

Mission

The mission of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance is to change perceptions of fat and end size discrimination through advocacy, education, and support. Demanding equal opportunity for fat people wherever obstacles and discrimination exist. Fat people exist within every marginalized identity; NAAFA is uniquely positioned to work toward liberation for all. Through education, advocacy and support, NAAFA embodies effective change for individuals, communities and the world. NAAFA uses its influence and reputation to demand strategic improvements in policies and practices that impact fat people.

Ruling year info

1973

Board Chair

Ms. Tigress Osborn

Main address

PO BOX 61586

LAS VEGAS, NV 89160-1586 USA

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EIN

23-7296874

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fat people exist within every marginalized identity; NAAFA is uniquely positioned to work toward liberation for all. Through education, advocacy and support, NAAFA embodies effective change for individuals, communities and the world. NAAFA uses its influence and reputation to demand strategic improvements in policies and practices that impact fat people.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

NEWSLETTER

PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION AS WELL AS INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THE AGENCY'S GOALS AND MISSION, INCLUDING EDUCATIONAL FEATURES.

Population(s) Served
Adults

PROVIDES BROCHURES, TOOLKITS AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS CONCERNING HEALTH, SOCIAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES RELEVANT TO PEOPLE OF LARGER BODY SIZE

Population(s) Served
Adults

PROVIDES PUBLIC RELATIONS ACTIVITIES AND WEBINARS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF SOCIAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES RELEVANT TO PEOPLE OF LARGER BODY SIZE. WE ARE ALSO FOCUSING ON VISIBILITY OF MARGINALIZED PEOPLE THAT INTERSECT WITH FAT COMMUNITY.

Population(s) Served

The goal of the Dr. Paul Ernsberger Research Scholarship is to provide financial support to graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program with an accredited U.S. college or university. Dr. Ernsberger’s decades of research on metabolic syndrome, diabetes, weight cycling, and the medical harm caused by diet obsession and weight bias has had an immeasurable impact on debunking myths and misunderstandings about fat and health. It is an honor for NAAFA to support the continuation of his important work by supporting graduate students who hope to carry on and advance Dr. Ernsberger’s legacy.

Up to three scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded per school year.
For more information go to https://naafa.org/scholarship2022

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
LGBTQ people
People with disabilities

The Equality At Every Size Program is a fat rights advocacy program that provides education and support for changing the anti-discrimination laws throughout the United States to include rights for fat people.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our mission at NAAFA is to empower fat people through education, advocacy, and support. During Fat Liberation Month, we be host numerous special events that show the world how fat people are thriving despite society’s biases and prejudices.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities
LGBTQ people

NAAFA utilizes Zoom webinars as a way to help educate the public on subjects that fat people face every day and promote other underserved communities that intersect with fat community. NAAFA webinars are free and available to the public. The webinars are recorded and later made available on the NAAFA YouTube channel.
Accessibility notes: The webinar series is presented in English with closed captioning and ASL translation is provided.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

OUR VISION
A society in which people of every size are accepted with dignity and equality in all aspects of life.

OUR MISSION
To eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy and support.

OUR GOAL
The mission of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance is to change perceptions of fat and end size discrimination through advocacy, education, and support.

Demanding equal opportunity for fat people wherever obstacles and discrimination exist.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
NAAFA endeavors to ensure that diversity and inclusion is intrinsic to our organization, reflecting the values we wish others to apply to their organizations, businesses and institutions.

We also want to unite our members and supporters representing all areas of difference by showing our solidarity with diversity in all its forms and our commitment to the understanding of intersectionality in our community.

Ultimately, it is our goal to have U.S. federal anti-discrimination laws include weight/height or physical appearance as a protected class.

We offer free educational webinars to our members and the public in a variety of subject matters by a wide variety of speakers and panels.

Brochures and tool kits in English and Spanish that are available for anyone to read online or download for sharing.

We remain the subject matter experts available for consultation with the media and issue press release on pertinent news items.

We work directly with legislators and their constituents who are working to change legislation in their jurisdiction.

We offer quarterly mini-grants to individuals in the U.S. that are working to bring special size-related projects to their communities.

We remain active on social media to involve new and younger members.

We initiated a Future of NAAFA Committee that includes activists from a variety of marginalized identities to advise the organization and act as a "think tank" for new and fresh ideas to keep NAAFA relevant.

We have a wealth of volunteers that have the knowledge and capabilities necessary to move us forward in our Board of Directors and Advisory Board and volunteers.

We have provided and continue to provide statements and assistance to legislators and governmental agencies around areas that directly affect people of size.

We speak out through social media and press releases on subjects that concern our community.

We work with other organizations on specific campaigns that affect our community.

We continue to update our brochures and tool kits available to anyone and will be working on a legislative tool kit and have translated the majority of our current brochures and tool kits into Spanish.

We worked with representatives of Google on plus-size inclusive insights for their marketing teams, which will be made public later in 2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People with large bodies/fat people.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, Social media feedback, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We instituted a Future of NAAFA Committee to look at new programming and what resources are needed by the folx we serve. Updated our website, created a Community Voices Blog, initiated an annual scholarship for research grad students, initiated our annual Fat Liberation Month. There are a number of projects in-progress at this time.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, Social Media ,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It empowers people to know that we are listening and making changes/improvements based on the feedback and prompts them to contact us about other ideas and needs of the community.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO ADVANCE FAT ACCEPTANCE INC

Board of directors
as of 07/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Tigress Osborn

NAAFA

Term: 2021 -

Peggy Howell

Darliene Howell

Tigress Osborn

Amanda Cooper

Marcy Cruz

Christina Chase

Dawn Clark

Tamra Dozier-Garland

Amithyst Fist

Elaine Lee

Trevor Kezon

Tegan Lecheler

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/31/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.