For Immediate Release
August 24, 2012 Contact: Eris T. Sims



Recipients are: Club Esteem, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey,
Legacy Media Institute and the National Dental Association


WASHINGTON – The Links Foundation, Incorporated announces the awarding of grants totaling $100,000 to support four non-profit organizations that are making a significant impact in communities around the nation.

Grant recipients are Club Esteem’s Challenging Youth – Embracing Excellence after school program, which provides the children of Melbourne, Fla. with the skills and inspiration they need to break the cycle of poverty and develop into healthy, productive, vision-driven adults; the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey’s arts education programs, which teach youth critical life skills through dance, and make dance accessible to at-risk youth in the Kansas City metro area; Legacy Media Institute’s The Rose Mapendo Project, to produce a DVD, to share the work for peace and reconciliation of this Congolese woman who, along with her family, beginning in 1998 endured 16 months in a death camp and the murder of her husband; and the National Dental Association’s NDA Health Now program, which aims to elevate the oral health and overall health status of underserved and vulnerable populations, in communities of color, in the Chicago and Dallas areas.

“We are proud to award these organizations $25,000 each, to help advance the important work they are doing in our communities,” said Margot James Copeland, national president of The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated. “With the current state of the economy, essential funding has been cut for many organizations. We are excited to alleviate some of the financial need in order for these organizations to expand and broaden the reach of their transformational programs.”

The Links Foundation, Incorporated

The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, has made more than $24 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 through 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 celebrates 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 more than 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