The Links, Incorporated History
The Links, Incorporated was founded in 1946 and is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service women’s organizations in the nation. Comprised of members who are committed to enriching and sustaining the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The organization‘s founders, Sara Strickland Scott and Margaret Roselle started an organization of friends that would respond to the needs and aspirations of African American women in ways that existing clubs did not. It was their vision to bring women together with a purpose that is threefold —civic, educational, and cultural.
The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Inc. has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. Our members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation.
The transformational programming of The Links, Incorporated consists of five program areas or facets which include National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. These programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns The Links Incorporated has received awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs. In 2019, we were recognized by the late Congressman John Lewis as a distinguished organization of outstanding community service and influence.
Today, The Links, Incorporated, has a membership of nearly 17,000 professional women of color serving in 299 chapters, in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. Through its philanthropic arm, The Links Foundation, Incorporated has contributed more than $27 million to charitable causes since its founding.