February 25, 2014
The Links Foundation, Incorporated Announceslegacy Grant
to National Museum of African American History
WASHINGTON - The Links Foundation, Incorporatedhas selected the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to receive its 2013 million dollar Legacy Grant. This $1 million grant will be used to support the ongoing design and construction of the Museum edifice, which is scheduled to open on the last available space on the National Mall in 2015. The award will be the fourth $1 million grant donated to a nationally prominent entity by The Links Foundation, Incorporated.
"We are thrilled to contribute to the National Museum of African American History and Culture," said Margot James Copeland, national president of The Links Foundation, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. "Thismuseum will allow our rich African-American story to be told and displayed for all to see. The contributions of our people, from the past and present, will be showcased, and will provide hope and inspiration to continue building on our great legacy."
Since 1979, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated has funded transformational programs that impact lives and change communities, contributing more than $25 million to date to non-profit organizations throughout the United States. Previous award recipients include the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the National Civil Rights Museum.
"The National Museum of African American History and Culture will have a national impact and we are proud to support its endeavors, as it aligns with our philanthropic vision and values," said Teree Caldwell-Johnson, director of philanthropy for The Links Foundation, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. "This great opportunity will allow The Links to be a part of a lasting and positive imprint that the museum will make on all who visit."
"We are truly appreciative for the significant contribution The Links Foundation, Incorporated has provided," said Lonnie G. Bunch, founding director of National Museum of African American History and Culture. "This gift is central to ensuring the preservation of an important story - the history, achievements and contributions of African Americans for generations to come."###
THE LINKS FOUNDATION, INCORPORATED
The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, has made more than $25 million in charitable contributions since its founding. Working closely with its sponsors and supporters, The Links, Incorporated is focused on creating transformational programming and impacting lives in communities of color in Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.
THE LINKS, INCORPORATED
The Links, Incorporated has celebrated more than 65 years as a women's volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. A premier international service organization with nearly 12,000 members in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well.
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 who 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.
With more than 2 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually. For more information, visit www.linksinc.org.