The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and 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.
The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation. The organization is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs.
The outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns
The Fort Worth (TX) Chapter
The Fort Worth Chapter was organized December 5, 1959, with ten friends as Charter members (Viola Borders, Marie Brooks, Ethelyn Burnett, Sybil Byrd, Hortense Chatman, Mae Pearl Flint, Mutelle Flint, Marie Platte, Ruby Williamson, and Zelma Woodard). Our chapter was sponsored by The Dallas (TX) Chapter and a “White Rose Tea” was held to introduce the chapter to the Fort Worth community.
During our 55 years of service to the Fort Worth and surrounding communities, we have provided financial and/or volunteer support to: The Fort Worth Child Study Center; Girl Scouts of America; Casa Manana; Fort Worth Independent School District “Just Say No” Project; The Fort Worth Arts Council; The Urban League; the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History; NAACP; All Church Home for Children; Sister Cities; Tarrant County Stop Six Community Dental Clinic; Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure”’; the Fort Worth Public Library System; Presbyterian Night Shelter; Habitat for Humanity; Ugandan Children’s “Tour of Light”; the Women’s Center; United Community Center; Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Arts Hall; Doris Kupferle Cancer Program; Carter Blood Care Center; Van Cliburn Foundation; Minority Leaders and Citizens Council; Imagination Celebration; Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation; Day Resource Center; Boys Choir of Harlem; Cook Children’s Medical Center; United Negro College Fund; Jubilee Theatre; and numerous other worthwhile projects and organizations.
In addition to The Fort Worth Links Scholarship Program and our nationally recognized EMPRESS Program for Girls (a STEM based education program), the Fort Worth (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, through the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, The Links Foundation, Incorporated, has implemented bold and imaginative programs, including: Project LEAD: High Expectations; Education Across the Miles; and, Links to Success: Children Achieving Excellence.
The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated continue to meet existing challenges by seizing the opportunity to provide leadership, friendship and service to the communities we serve. Contributions made to The Links, Foundation, Incorporated by our corporate and organizational partners will enable us to continue and increase our services to the Fort Worth community.