National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) is a national non-profit organization comprised of mother and daughter members in Chapters across the United States. NCL, Inc. was established in Los Angeles, California, in 1925 and incorporated in 1958.


To foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.


Through the mother-daughter relationship, National Charity League, Inc. will develop strong women leaders serving and impacting communities today and for generations to come.

Core Values

  • Honoring the mother-daughter bond by together learning, growing and modeling responsibility and graciousness
  • Empowering women with the skills and confidence to lead
  • Nurturing through mentorship
  • Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion
  • Providing depth of support in local communities
  • Integrity and excellence in everything we do

NCL, Inc. History

The history of National Charity League can be traced back to 1925 when a small group of women in Los Angeles with a common interest in philanthropy formed The Charity League. A few daughters met with their mothers to help with Red Cross work, assemble and deliver food baskets to those in need, and conduct other projects. One of the daughters was the future Mrs. Paul William Lawrence, considered the founder of National Charity League.

By 1938, daughters of National Charity League decided to form their own group under the guidance of Mrs. Lawrence and Mrs. Bruce Anderson. The daughters chose the name “ticktockers” at their first meeting as the girls always kept their eyes on the clock. Then came World War II and even though philanthropic endeavors increased, everything was put on hold.

Following the war in 1947, these women, now calling themselves “patronesses” reactivated and renamed their group, National Charity League (NCL). NCL was reorganized and incorporated as National Charity League, Inc., in 1958 and began to form chapters outside of California expanding its program beyond philanthropic work to include educational and cultural activities. It is the original mother-daughter charity dedicated to strengthening the mother-daughter relationship. It is a legacy we are truly proud to continue.
The very uniqueness of a mother-daughter organization is the keystone to the growth and success of NCL, Inc., across the United States. Mothers and daughters work together in the major philanthropies or community service projects selected by each chapter.
The Ticktocker motto is: “We search for charity within ourselves and strive for the graciousness to share it with others.” The Ticktockers also receive instruction in leadership training and personal growth and development. In this formative period, the girls absorb the standards and the ideals which their mothers hold important and worthy of preservation.