The Denver Foundation is pleased to congratulate the Denver (CO) Chapter of The Links, Inc. for receiving the Outstanding Service Organization award at the 2019 National Philanthropy Day Awards.
The award is presented to a volunteer social club or community service group that has demonstrated outstanding commitment and impact through its financial support of effective, mission-driven work. Winning organizations also make a practice of encouraging and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community.
The Denver Foundation nominated the group for this award in honor of its deep history of service in Metro Denver. The awards are hosted by the Denver chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, an international organization. Previous winners include the Assistance League of Denver, Community Shares of Colorado, Mile High United Way, and the Rotary Club of Denver.
Since 1952, the Denver (CO) Chapter, The Links, Inc. (Denver Links) has provided community-enriching programs, scholarships, and financial support to Denver’s African American community and beyond. Through the White Rose Foundation, the Chapter’s philanthropic partner, the Denver Links have provided over $1 million and countless volunteer hours to support local, regional, national, and international programs and organizations with efforts that educate and enrich the lives of others.
The Denver Links consistently expand opportunities for youth of color. An early project, Tribute to Black Youth, served over 500 students and provided over $150,000 in savings bonds and scholarships. More recently, the Stepping into the Future program at Hallett Academy has served more than 3,000 students over the last 10 years. Through this program, chapter members provide tutoring, experiential learning opportunities, engagement in the arts, and an early literacy programs.
The Denver Links is composed of many of Denver’s most accomplished, influential African American women; members come together to collectively serve their community. They encourage local organizations they are involved with to adopt more representative leadership as well as inclusive and equitable programming. For example, former president and current member Tina Walls has worked with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts to develop a culturally responsive curriculum and programming to engage students of color in the arts.
In 2018, the Denver Links created The Links, Inc. Western Area Philanthropy Award, to be given biannually at The Links, Inc. Western Area Conference. This award honors an African American-led organization or philanthropist whose community investments demonstrate the 4Ts (time, talent, treasure, and testimony) of philanthropy and empower others to see themselves as philanthropists.
In partnership with The Denver Foundation, the Denver Links launched the “Spirit of Friendship & Service,” an exhibit at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library focused on highlighting the chapter’s long-standing dedication to philanthropy and sisterhood in the Denver community. The Chapter also instituted its annual Facet Awards, honoring African American individuals and organizations positively impacting the greater Denver community in the Arts, National Trends, International Trends, Services to Youth, and Health and Human Services.
The Metro Denver community is unquestionably enriched by the many contributions and historic legacy of the Denver Links. For nearly 70 years, this outstanding service organization has been a tremendous asset to our region. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!