Serving the San Francisco Community Since 1950
Leading the Way Through Friendship and Service
Kay Carney-Filmore, PhD
Welcome to the San Francisco Chapter of Links, Inc. We are pleased that you are visiting our website, and believe that you will find the information about the Links national organization, our local Chapter, and the many programs and community service engagements that we embrace to be inspiring and compelling.
We are one of 288 Chapters across the United States, the United Kingdom and the Bahamas, totaling more than 16,000 professional and influential women of color who are uniquely devoted and profoundly committed to being of service in communities of the African Diaspora. The San Francisco Chapter has been serving our community since our founding 70 years ago—delivering on the promise and the mission of the Links organization—to enrich and sustain African American communities and people of African ancestry.
We are pleased to share with you the story of our rich history; the many programs that we’re currently engaged with; the upcoming events that we're planning and/or are supporting; and the awards that we have received for excellent and meaningful work in our communities. From healthcare to education. From the arts to registering people to vote. From mentoring young girls in Liberia to establishing pathways of success for youth. The San Francisco Chapter of Links, is proud of the legacy of community service that we have established, and we are honored and committed to propel ourselves even further to fulfill our mission of friendship and service.
Kay Carney-Filmore, PhD
The San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was chartered September 23, 1950. The place of the chartering, held jointly with the Oakland Bay Area Chapter, was the Room of the Dons, at the Mark Hopkins Hotel on historic Nob Hill in San Francisco. Hortense Thomas was the organizer and the first chapter president. The other charter members were Alice Butler, Lolita Coleman, Willa Evans, Amelia Farmer, Jackieline Goosby, Vivian Hambrick, Inez Henderson, Lillian Nixon, Mabel Sanford, Jacqueline Smith, Julia Smith, Mildred Stephens, Mary Stewart, Thelma Toms and Maude White.
The San Francisco Links are committed to improving the lives of African-Americans, members of the African Diaspora and the underserved in the San Francisco Community, with an emphasis on its youth, through dynamic and transforming cultural, civic, educational and health-related community programs.
Since our founding in 1950, we have volunteered tens of thousands of service hours to the San Francisco community and donated thousands of dollars to support health and wellness activities, the arts, youth achievement and international awareness programs throughout the city. We have also devoted considerable hours and funds to support needs in the African Diaspora.
Our annual in person events have been modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay tuned for our virtual programming.