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Frequently Asked Questions

How is the NCAP different from the original Summit coalition?

The NCAP is a formal professional association whose functions and goals are much broader and more ambitious than the original Summit group. The NCAP will build upon the Summit’s history of networking and expand its focus to include specific ongoing programs that will benefit individual member groups as well as advance mutual goals aimed at reducing animal cruelty.

Why did the Summit change?

Organizations have gathered at Summit meetings since 1985 for the opportunity to meet face-to-face in a private forum. Increased cooperation led to the desire for the Summit to have more tangible programs that take advantage of its members’ collective resources. The strategic planning session at the 2001 Summit meeting resulted in the decision to move forward with plans to transform Summit into an organization more on par with other professional associations that work in advocacy fields.

What does the NCAP do?

The NCAP’s mission is to help its members achieve individual and collective goals to improve the treatment and status of all animals. Given the proliferation of animal-use industries and ongoing societal issues such as pet overpopulation, the NCAP seeks to do for its constituents — individual animal protection groups and, ultimately, the animals they serve — what other professional associations (including animal-use industries) do for theirs.

Our association is the only one of its kind representing such a wide range of animal protection organizations. The first program the NCAP has undertaken is a public image research study to examine how the public forms opinions about animal protection campaigns. This study provides data that the NCAP and its members can use to refine their messages and campaigns.

Who is eligible to join the NCAP?

Unlike the original Summit coalition, which required that members be 501(c)(3) organizations with national programs, the NCAP’s members will include any 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organization (including state and local groups) whose primary focus is animal protection and which has been incorporated for at least one year. Member organizations must agree to abide by the NCAP’s Code of Ethics, which includes specific provisions for adhering to nonviolent practices, resolving disputes privately, and agreeing to work cooperatively with other members.

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