The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of over 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. It 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 other persons of African ancestry.
Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, the organization was established on the fundamentals of friendship and service, and focuses on issues affecting persons of color globally. Our primary focus is on enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the identities, culture and economic survival of all people of African origin.
Programs provide enrichment experience and encompass five specific programmatic areas: The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends & Services, Health & Human Services, and International Trends & Services. Programs are implemented through strategic public information and education, economic development and public policy.
Our programs foster appreciation for the performing, literary and visual arts among youth. Other projects include building schools in South Africa and increasing opportunities for learning by providing schools supplies, tutorials, clothing and other assistance to children. Supporters and members have also disseminated information on the prevention and treatment of diseases such as Leukemia, hypertension, AIDS, and others.