The Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. It celebrates more than 71 years as a premier women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African ancestry. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations with nearly 15,000 members in 285 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Working closely with its sponsors and supporters, The Links, Incorporated is focused on creating transformational programming that improves the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. It achieves these goals through its 5 facets: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services.
The members of The Links, Incorporated are dedicated women who are active in their respective communities. They include influential decision makers, corporate and civic leaders, lawmakers, medical and healthcare professionals, educators, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. Each member works toward the realization of making the name “Links” not only a chain of friendship, but also a chain of purposeful service.
With more than 5 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation. The organization is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs.
The Links Foundation, Incorporated
The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, has made more than $25 million in charitable contributions since its founding. The Foundation is a non-profit corporation operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended.
In 2014, The Links Foundation, Incorporated named its fourth $1 million grantee – the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History in Washington, D.C. Other million-dollar grantees include the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the National Civil Rights Museum.
In recent years, The Links Foundation, Incorporated has made donations to such entities as: Habitat for Humanity, for the rebuilding of homes in Haiti; Africare, for the construction of The Links maternal waiting homes and the assemblage of Mama Kits; and, National Cares Mentoring Movement, for the advancement of mentoring opportunities across the nation. Through its 2012 Grants-in-Aid program, $100,000 in grants was awarded to four non-profits – Club Esteem, Melbourne, Fla.; Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Kansas City, Kan.; Legacy Media Institute, Petersburg, Va.; and the National Dental Association, headquartered in Washington, DC.
For more information, visit www.linksinc.org.
Also, visit The Southern Area of The Links, Incorporated at www.salinksinc.org