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 and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. 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 2014, The Links Foundation, Incorporated named its fourth $1 million grantee – the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History in Washington, D.C. Other million-dollar grantees include the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the National Civil Rights Museum.

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.

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. During 2015-2016, The Foundation awarded more than $3 million in grants to support chapter programming in the areas of STEM education, childhood obesity, heart health awareness, and financial literacy.

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.

Contact Information:

Madeline Y. Lawson
Executive Director
The Links Foundation, Incorporated
1200 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20005
Ph.: 202-842-9262
Fax: 202-842-4020
Email Madeline

National Officers

Glenda Newell-Harris, M.D.
National President
Alameda Contra Costa (CA) Chapter

Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, Ph.D.
National Vice President
Arlington (VA) Chapter

Crystal L. Kendrick
National Recording Secretary
Queen City (OH) Chapter

Carolyn Lewis
National Treasurer
Pontchartrain (LA) Chapter

Tyna D. Davis
National Parliamentarian
Montogmery (AL) Chapter

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