National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is "to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences."  It was incorporated in 1958 in Los Angeles, California. Today, National Charity League, Inc. is comprised of over 200 chapters in 22 states nationwide. Our organization is the only mother-daughter volunteer force of its kind serving local communities together.  

The mothers, known as Patronesses, meet once each month in chapter-wide meetings.  These regular meetings are devoted to understanding the business of the chapter, in addition to philanthropy work, special programs or activities.  Philanthropic participation is a requirement.  The Gateway Chapter requires 15 hours philanthropic service per year.  These hours are most often performed outside of meetings.  In addition, each mother has some type of role or position within the chapter that is assumed as part of her membership requirement.  These positions can be as a board member, committee chair, or committee member. 

The daughters, known as Ticktockers, meet separately from the mothers.  They are organized by grade level and they, too, have their own set of elected officers and their own grade level advisors.  Their meetings are designed around the chapter's Six-Year Plan, which assigns various age-related educational, leadership, and cultural objectives to them to meet through their programs, presentations and field trips.  They also have a philanthropic hours' requirement (15 hours per year except for seniors), and they, too, are required to fulfill some leadership role within their group each year.  The overall objective for Ticktockers is to provide opportunities for them to learn the beauty of giving of themselves to others; to practice leadership and social skills within their peer groups; and to have an awareness and appreciation of the various forms of cultural education in the community.

Philanthropy Work

Each chapter of National Charity League considers the local community's needs and determines the philanthropies to support.  This support comes in the form of time and organizational skills and may involve fundraising.  The charitable organizations supported by the Gateway Chapter include:

  •  Angels Arms

  • Autism Speaks!

  •  BJC Hospitals

  • Circle of Concern Food Pantry

  • Circle of Hope

  • Equine Assisted Therapy

  • First Book

  • Food Outreach

  • Greater St. Louis Book Fair

  • Haven of Grace

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

  • Kids Enjoy Exercise Now

  • KidSMart

  • Missouri Botanical Gardens/Butterfly House/Shaw Nature

  • Open Door Animal Sanctuary

  • Safe Connections

  • St. Louis Area Food Bank

  • St. Louis County Parks and Recreation

  • St. Patrick Center

  • Shakespeare Festival

  • SouthSide Early Childhood Center

  • Special Olympics Missouri - East Area

  • The Veterans Administration/Fisher House

  • Variety

Personal Development Activities

Personal development activities are designed to teach the daughters to be self-assured in social settings, to demonstrate good manners, and to respect others.  Personal development activities supported by the Gateway Chapter include:

  • Asset Based Thinking (ABT)

  • Etiquette

  • Peer Pressure/Cliques

  • Skin Care/Make Up

  • Bullying and Agreeing to Disagree

  • Eating/Emotional Disorders

  • Date Rape

  • Substance Abuse

  • How to Talk with Strangers at Social Gatherings

  • Finding a First Job

  • Drinking and Driving

  • CPR/Personal Safety

  • Managing Stress

  • Time Management

  • College Survival Skills

  • Discovering Your Strengths

  • Healthcare Issues

Leadership Training

The leadership training program teaches basic leadership skills.  Leadership training supported by the Gateway Chapter includes:

  • Team Building

  • Parliamentary Procedure

  • Business Correspondence

  • Advocating for Yourself

Cultural Experiences

Cultural events help develop community awareness and cultural sensitivity.  Cultural experiences supported by the Gateway Chapter include:

  • Dance

  • Visual Arts

  • Music

  • Instrumental Music

  • Theatre

  •  Historical Event or Museum