About our Chapter
In 1925, a small group of women in Los Angeles, interested in philanthropic work, began meeting together and called themselves The Charity League. They worked quietly, doing Red Cross work, making layettes and assembling and delivering food baskets to the needy at holiday time. A few daughters joined their mothers to help. By 1938, so many daughters were involved that they formed their own group and called themselves Ticktockers.
In 1947, these groups united to become the first mother-daughter charity under the name National Charity League. The newly formed group decided to expand its program beyond philanthropic work to include educational and cultural activities. Soon, Chapters were added to NCL, Inc. to duplicate the original group’s success in other geographic areas. NCL, Inc. was reorganized and incorporated as National Charity League, Inc. in 1958.
Today, National Charity League, Inc. has more than 237 Chapters with more than 63,000 actively engaged members—women and daughters in grades 7 through 12 in 26 states–all dedicated to strengthening the mother-daughter relationship through philanthropic work. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, NCL, Inc. mother and daughter members volunteered a cumulative total of 10,404 hands-on hours directly with philanthropies in their communities. NCL, Inc.’s National organization is comprised of Chapters, Districts, Regions and a National Board of Directors, which work together to set policy and direction for the growing organization.
In recent years, it became clear that there were more women in the area interested in the work of NCL, Inc. than one Chapter could accommodate. In 2004, with the support and encouragement of the Peninsula Chapter, a group of women gathered at a home in Palos Verdes Estates to talk about starting a second local Chapter. Nearly 80 women signed on that day, with daughters in seventh through tenth grades, and the Palos Verdes Chapter was established in May of 2004. An enthusiastic group worked hard to establish By-Laws, create a Ticktocker Six-Year Plan, and put together all of the organizational practices required by both the National organization and the state to become our own 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. NCL, Inc. granted the Palos Verdes Chapter fully chartered status in 2006.
In a very short amount of time, our Chapter has become a vibrant and very active organization. We have enthusiastic classes in all grade levels contributing greatly to our community. We are establishing traditions, as we continue to evolve. We believe this is an exciting time to be part of this group.