Way Back When... 1994
On April 21, 1994, a New Canaan philanthropic group committed to the “development of mothers and daughters as leaders through hands-on volunteerism” was officially chartered in New Canaan.
The National Charity League Inc., New Canaan Chapter, was founded in 1992 by a small group of women who envisioned New Canaan as “a perfect community for the NCL Inc. mother/daughter philanthropic experience.” On April 21, 1994 the New Canaan Chapter received its charter.
Today, the group has approximately 120 patronesses (mothers) and 140 ticktockers (daughters) participating annually. Soon after the chapter’s founding,
interest in NCL. Membership was in high demand and a second New Canaan chapter was formed, the Canaan Parish Chapter.
On April 21, 1994, a New Canaan philanthropic group committed to the “development of mothers and daughters as leaders through hands-on volunteerism” was officially chartered.
One of the group’s biggest endeavors is the ticktockers. During the developmental and formative years between 7th and 12th grade, ticktockers absorb the standards and ideals that generations hold to be important and worthy of preservation. The ticktocker experience is designed to be a small group leadership program that provides opportunities for each developing young woman to know the joy of helping others, to learn tolerance and kindness, to mature and build confidence and to make friends while sharing and participating in these activities in a safe and comfortable age appropriate environment.
National Charity League, Inc. is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California and was founded in 1958.
There are 212 active chapters in 24 states. The official colors are gold and white and our representative flower is the yellow rose.
Through philanthropic and cultural projects, NCL provides a range of opportunities for mothers and daughters to directly impact the lives of others around them, while enhancing their community relationships and developing and deepening their own personal skill sets.