About The Links, Incorporated
Established in 1946 by a circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Links, Incorporated is a premier international, non-profit volunteer service organization. Built upon a legacy of friends and providing service that changes lives, the organization is committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans. Celebrating over 70 years, the friendship chain has grown to nearly 15,000 professional women of in 288 chapters in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the United Kingdom. Its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well.
Dedicated to its mission of service and leadership, The Links, Incorporated’s members are corporate and civic leaders; lawmakers and judiciary; medical and healthcare providers; role models, mentors,activists and volunteers working tirelessly at the forefront of transforming communities of color. Working closely with sponsors, partners and supporters, The Links, Incorporated develops and implements transformational programming impacting lives in communities of color.
The key programming initiatives of The Links, Incorporated are organized into facets: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services. With more than five million service hours recorded in the past three years, The Links, Incorporated’s members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually through various programs.
The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated has distributed more than $26 million in charitable contributions since its founding in 1979. 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, Incorporated: “Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service.”For more information, visit www.linksinc.org
The Wilmington (NC) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated ™ was chartered in April of 1951. Since its inception, the local chapter has sponsored such events such as GALA 2000, A Celebration of African-American Music to benefit the Zimmer Cancer Center, The Annual Fine Arts Brunch, The Links Salute Young Americans, The Links at Freeman, supplies to a sister school in Belize and the development of the video production, “The Talented Tenth: Heritage Rediscovered, and support for Centre d”Etudes Classiques de Meyer (CECM) in Jacmel, Haiti.
The Links have collaborated with the Commission for Women, Walk-A-Thon with the March of Dimes and Linkage to Life, a Links program to address organ donations and Heart Health for Women. Contributions have been made to Elderhaus, Inc., the Sickle Cell Foundation, the Fannie Norwood Home, One Love Tennis and Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.