The Links, Incorporated


Our Founders

On the evening of November 9, 1946, Margaret Hawkins and Sarah Scott, two young Philadelphia matrons, invited seven of their friends to join them in organizing a new type of inter-city club. This organizing meeting of The Links was not a spontaneous action. In 1945, Link Hawkins had conceived the idea of a group of clubs composed of friends along the eastern seaboard and had spent many hours with Link Scott in thinking, planning and discussing the possibilities of such an endeavor.

The two women envisioned an organization that would respond to the needs and aspirations of Black women in ways that existing clubs did not. It was their intent the club would have a threefold aim--civic, educational, and cultural. Based on these aims, the club would implement programs, which its founders hoped would foster cultural appreciation through the arts; develop richer inter-group relations; and help women who participated to understand and accept their social, and responsibilities.

About The Links

Today, The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation 501 (c) (3), established in 1946.  The membership consists of more than 15,000 professional women of color in 284 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and Bahamas and London.  The Links are made up of influential decision makers and leaders who have made a difference in their communities and the world.  The Links is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and persons of African ancestry.  Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation.

The Links Foundation, Inc.

The Links Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of The Links, established in 1979 to enhance and expand the philanthropic endeavors of The Links.  The Foundation provides grants to innovative programs that address problems to be solved, or opportunities to be seized, that are of regional, national or international significance.  The Links Foundation donated more than $25 million to charitable causes and distributes chapter grants to support innovative programs providing creative responses to changing needs.  The Links Foundation is a non-profit corporation operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes