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 2018, The Links Foundation, Incorporated named its fifth $1 million Legacy Grant recipient – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This award supports the expansion of three St. Jude clinical efforts, including studies designed to increase knowledge of cognitive deficits in children with sickle cell disease, the development of a community health worker education program to counsel parents of infants with sickle cell disease in Nigeria, and an age-appropriate mobile app to help sickle cell patients develop adequate self-care and disease literacy.