Links Foundation, Inc. for the benefit of Sacramento Links

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.

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Address: 1200 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005-4501
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Marilyn Woods
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-849-8940
The Links Foundation, Incorporated is the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated. The Foundation was established in 1979 to enhance and expand the philanthropic endeavors of The Links, Incorporated. The Links, Incorporated is an international, philanthropic organization established in 1946. The membership includes 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. Marjorie Patterson and fifteen distinguished women chartered the Sacramento Chapter of The Links, Inc., on March 15, 1952. Since then, more than 65 active and alumnae Sacramento Chapter members actively dedicate themselves, on an annual basis, to providing transformational programs to the Sacramento region. Our Chapter members contribute nearly 4,000 documented hours of community service annually.

The Sacramento Links' transformational programs are focused in five facet areas.
- THE ARTS programs expand and increase visual and performing art activities, which introduce, exhibit, and help to preserve the legacy of the African ancestry.
- SERVICES TO YOUTH programs educate, empower and strengthen youth to advance, improve and enable them to access resources and opportunities.
- SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded to college-bound high school seniors through our Scholarship Program. Leadership and entrepreneurial skills are developed and academic scholarships are awarded though our Achievers Program.
- NATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES programs eliminate disparities by reducing barriers to services through advocacy, education and service.
- INTERNATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES programs promote global awareness and provide activities that serve the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world.
- HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES promotes and facilitates programs that support the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities in communities of color through education, health advocacy and optimal utilization of health resources.

We strive to uplift aspirations and promote cultural and economic survival by encouraging strong values and a dedication to excellence. We devote our volunteer hours to encouraging and empowering youth and their families. We engage students in scholarship, leadership development, male mentorship, ethics, community service and skill development.

Recent Youth & Family programs include:
- ACHIEVERS PROGRAM which has impacted over 400 male youth. This program consists of 16 development sessions with the goal of developing strong values and dedication to excellence among African American young men thereby strengthening the family unit.
- SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM which has awarded over $300,000 for educational pursuits. Scholarship recipients exemplify academic excellence, exhibit leadership potential and make a positive impact within the Sacramento region through service to others.
- SACRAMENTO COUNTY BLACK VOTER REGISTRATION AND ENGAGEMENT PROJECT which collaborated with other local organizations on a BSU Voter Education, Outreach and Registration Drive. We took our voter education program straight to nine (9) area high schools and hosted pizza parties during each schools regularly scheduled BSU meeting.
- EDUCATE A GIRL CHANGE THE WORLD brings awareness to challenges faced by girls at home and abroad in pursing educational opportunities. This program inspires girls to stay in school and strive for excellence.
- CHRISTMAS DINNERS FOR SCHOOL FAMILIES provides wrapped holiday food boxes containing a turkey, fresh fruit, vegetables, deserts, beverages and all the traditional sides to needy school families of six to eight people. These meals help alleviate holiday food challenges; over 100 boxes have been provided in the past five years. We engage the family on healthy eating and promote family exercise and community safety during the holiday season. Students participate in art projects and Links Achievers share strategies on being a successful student.
- Support of the Oak Park Youth Little League
- DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR SERIES in partnership with Kaiser Permanente brought prominent young African American motivational speakers to Sacramento. Featured speakers Hill Harper and Jeff Johnson educated and inspired over 300 young adults.
- Partnered with Crocker Art Museum in various endeavors to give youth exposure to the arts including appearances by Elizabeth Catlett, Ernie Barnes, Faith Ringgold, and others.
- Partnered with UC Davis, local community groups and churches to provide screening, educational workshops and training locally for more that 1,000 individuals to reduce health disparities in heart disease for African Americans.
- Provided Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon with over 1,000 seniors served over the past twenty years.
The Sacramento Links needs your support to continue and expand our transformational programming in Sacramento's underserved communities. Our members volunteer nearly 4,000 hours annually and every dollar you donate will go directly toward program funding. Many of our efforts are targeted at African American youth, who need our support the most. Please review our needs list and consider a contribution to the Sacramento Links. Our top needs: 1. Funding: Program - $5,000 - To underwrite the first phase of our integrated program, EDUCATE, INSPIRE, and EMPOWER which will emphasize self-esteem and skill building sessions on global imagery, legacy, beauty, healthy choices, and self-care; while creating a welcoming positive classroom environment that model and reinforce curiosity and learning. 2. Funding: Program - $10,000 - To provide SCHOLARSHIPS and recognition for high-achieving, college-bound African American students. The economic and social vitality of our Sacramento region is dependent upon the ability of our young people to become self-sufficient and contributing citizens. 3. Funding: Program - $5,000 - Beginning in fall 2019, the Achievers program will be restructured to respond to the changing needs of high achieving African American youth in Sacramento. Our new program will target young men and women who exemplify academic achievement, leadership potential, and a willingness to empower others through volunteer services. It will be a two year program that combines workshops, community engagement activities and mentoring.
On behalf of the Sacramento Chapter of The Links, Incorporated I thank you for the opportunity to tell the story of our 67 year history in the Sacramento community. In 1952, fifteen visionary African American women were installed into the Sacramento Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Taking advantage of their skills and friendships, they collaborated to develop programs and activities to address the unmet needs of the greater Sacramento community and specifically the African American community. Their focus was to provide "hope in the spirit of love." This group of talented, civic minded friends were "linked in friendship and dedicated to service." Activities and programs were created in the areas of the Arts, services to youth, national and international trends, and health and human services.

Today the Sacramento Chapter has 65 active and alumnae members all concerned, dedicated, talented and skilled volunteers, who are influential decision makers, community leaders and distinguished women making a difference in the community. We have a long history of sponsoring successful projects and programs that support youth development, scholarship, the arts, health and wellness, community outreach and cultural activities. We continue our legacy with a focus on transforming lives through sustainable programs. I look back in amazement to 1952 at what these 15 women created while Jim Crow was still violently shutting African Americans out of mainstream society. And I am proud to have been able to continue this legacy of service through friendship. We deeply appreciate our sponsors, partners, and members of the community who have supported our efforts over the past 67 years. As an all volunteer organization we dedicated over 4,000 hours of service to the Sacramento community during the last two fiscal year. We are hopeful that as we tell our story the community will continue to support the work for which we are so passionate.

Marilyn Woods
Sacramento Links
-- Marilyn Woods, President