Who We Are

On November 9, 1946, Margaret Rosell Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott, two young Philadelphia visionaries, co-founded The Links, Incorporated. They 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, Margaret Rosell Hawkins had conceived the idea of a group of clubs composed of friends along the eastern seaboard and had spent many hours with Sarah Strickland Scott in thinking, planning and discussing the possibilities of such an endeavor.


The Links has a long tradition of engaging in educational, civic and inter-cultural activities in communities we serve.


The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers, opinion leaders and distinguished achievers.


The Links members contribute more than 1 million documented hours of community service annually.

In 2022, The Links Foundation, Incorporated named its sixth $1 million Legacy Grant recipient – the Obama Presidential Center. With a focus on driving economic growth and development, bolstering tourism, and developing the next generation of leaders, the Obama Presidential Center’s vision and mission fully aligns with the goals and objectives of the Legacy Grant program.

Photo courtesy of the Obama Foundation