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The Links Foundation

The Links, Incorporated / The Links Foundation

01Mission and Vision

The Links Foundation, Incorporated is the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, an organization of professional women of color located throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. The Foundation was established in 1979 to enhance and expand the philanthropic endeavors of The Links, Incorporated. The Links, Incorporated has a long tradition of promoting and engaging in educational, civic and inter-cultural activities in order to enrich the lives of members of the communities we serve.

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. It has served The Links, Incorporated well as the conduit for grant support for special programs. Under Foundation guidelines, grants are made to support the five program facets of The Links, Incorporated which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services.

The Links Foundation, Incorporated has contributed more than $25 million to charitable causes since its founding. In 2018, The Links Foundation, Incorporated named its fifth $1 million grantee – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Other million-dollar grantees include the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the National Civil Rights Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History in Washington, D.C.  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 Grants-in-Aid program, grants were awarded to non-profit organizations, such as the Children’s Defense Fund, Morgan State University Choir, Hurley Medical Center, schools in Jamaica and for disaster relief.

03Foundation and Events

The Foundation also accepts and distributes chapter grants to support innovative programs that provide creative responses to changing needs in communities of African descent within the general fields of health, education, social services, and cultural and international affairs. 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.

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Linked In Friendship, Connected In Service

At the 39th National Assembly, The Links Foundation, Incorporated launched its VISION 2020 fundraising campaign to increase and sustain the organization’s impact and to continue its mission of transforming the communities it serves. VISION 2020 is a comprehensive, multi-pronged fundraising effort to generate $10 million by 2020.

Embodied in The Foundation’s history and philanthropic approach, this campaign is designed to harness the collective power and influence of all members, chapters, and areas within the total national body of over 15,000 members. The total efforts undertaken by the organization to help reach this ambitious goal will include three vital funding streams:


Gifts and contributions from members, chapters, areas, community partners, corporations, and foundations have transformed the philanthropic landscape of The Links Foundation through the years, allowing programs to be introduced, expanded, and sustained as our community needs continually increase. Because of your support, The Links Foundation Incorporated serves as a gateway to a better standard of living for our global community by maximizing every dollar contributed.

In setting our sights on raising $10 million by 2020, we celebrate our past leaders and members whose strategic and generous contributions made The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated the extraordinary organization it is today. Their servant leadership has prepared us for the journey ahead – our journey of Building a Financial Legacy!

We need your support to make VISION 2020 a reality! Please join us on our journey by giving today!

Our members’ generosity is rivaled by few. It is what has sustained our organization through its most exciting and challenging times alike. In addition to giving our time, talents and treasures to support the local communities we serve, Links members have stepped up to the plate to make personal contributions to the endowment to ensure that our beloved sisterhood remains a viable and dynamic organization in the years ahead.


Your gifts to the endowment through the VISION 2020 Links Legacy Fund can vary in size beginning with a minimum of $100. Each and every donation you contribute will count. Prior contributions to the $1,000 for 1,000 Endowment Campaign will count toward the new VISION 2020 Links Legacy Circles listed below:


Each VISION 2020 Legacy Circle of $1,000 and above will have unique recognition opportunities including name listings in various media announcements, new custom-designed pins available in spring 2015, and other awards to be determined.


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The 1946 Society special incentive program designed to engage and cultivate the giving power of first-time givers to The Links Foundation, Incorporated Links Legacy Fund. The program leverages dollars donated by a major donor to boost the charitable contributions of first-time givers. Members of the 1946 Society represent the giving spirit of our co-founders upon whose shoulders we stand. The overall goal of this program is to increase our member giving participation rate. By 2020, we hope to reach a 30% member participation rate, which is representative of the level of giving our organization needs to achieve to be competitive for grants and fundraising. Members who contribute $25,000 or more to the Links Legacy Fund through the VISION 2020 Campaign can become distinguished members of this society.

Donor Match Incentive Program

How the Donor Match Program Works:

  • Funds donated by a major donor will be used to match the first $500 donated by a first-time giver. A major donor may specify a target audience of first-time givers (e.g., members 40-years old and younger, alumna members, medical and STEM professionals, educators and teachers, etc.) to cultivate.
  • First-time contributors who did not contribute to the $1,000 from 1,000 Endowment Campaign and who meet the requirements set forth by a major donor have the opportunity to take advantage of a matching gift. The goal is to increase the number of new givers among our members.


  • United Way – You can leverage your contribution through the United Way in your local community. Click here for complete instructions.Please remember to enter on the United Way form’s designation line The Links Foundation, Incorporated, 1200 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 2005. To ensure your gift is counted toward the Links Legacy Fund, email the Foundation Controller by clicking here.
  • Employer’s Matching Gift – Many corporations and organizations will match their employees’ contributions to their favorite charities. Check to see if your company is one.


Planned giving involves providing for a future gift to The Links Foundation, Incorporated’s Links Legacy Fund through your financial and estate plans. The Foundation welcomes gifts made through different planned giving arrangements including bequests, life insurance policies, marketplace securities and trusts. Information on how you can provide for a future gift to The Foundation is forthcoming.


With a deeply rooted commitment to the communities they serve, Links chapters have raised and invested in their communities more than $1.8 million in the last three years alone. As we set our sight on achieving our $10 million VISION 2020 goal, we will harness the collective giving power of our chapters. All chapter philanthropic endeavors will count toward the VISION 2020 Campaign, allowing us to build a financial legacy. Additional information on how chapters report their philanthropic engagement and success is forthcoming.


Partnering with The Links Foundation, Incorporated signifies the kind of deep community commitment and corporate involvement that is so necessary in today’s complex world. Our goal is to continue to impact lives through transformational programming. With the help of corporate and foundation grants, The Links Foundation, Incorporated can set the stage for an even greater reach into those communities most at need. The engagement of corporate and foundation supporters through grant-making is a key component to the success of VISION 2020.

Our organization has established a tremendous pipeline of funders who support our various activities and events that are critical to the effectiveness and efficiency of our operation. Our National Assemblies, Area Conferences, and chapter fundraising programs rely heavily on the generosity of underwriters for special events and upon in-kind giving and support. These funds will continue to augment our philanthropic efforts to make VISION 2020 a reality.

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