About Us




National Charity League was founded in 1925 by Mrs. Paul William Lawrence. It was reactivated in 1946 by Mrs. Marcus Arthur McClure and incorporated in September 1947. National Charity League, Los Angeles Founder Chapter, is a non-profit corporation composed of Patroness and Ticktocker groups. Ticktockers and their Patroness mothers are grouped according to the daughter’s grade level. Each mother and daughter is expected to work shifts in our Timeless Treasures Ticktocker Thrift Shop and to take on a grade-level committee position. The jobs have been carefully planned to help the organization do its work, and to help every member feel like a valued member of the group. The organization functions efficiently when each person fulfills her responsibility, and there are specific procedures for each position.

Once a Ticktocker has graduated, her mother may continue to be an active participant in our organization. Patronesses-at-Large are full-fledged members of NCL without Ticktocker daughters. They are welcome to participate in adult groups and all general NCL functions. They, like the Patronesses with Ticktocker daughters, have specific obligations to the organization.

Philanthropy is at the very core of National Charity League, Los Angeles Founder Chapter. Our purpose is to provide opportunities for mothers and daughters to become involved in community service and also to enjoy their mother-daughter relationship in social and cultural activities. Some of the philanthropies we work most closely with are Para Los Ninos, Upward Bound House, Maryvale, Westside Children’s Center, St. Joseph’s Center, Children’s Institute Inc. (CII), St. Anne’s, Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC), and Ronald McDonald House. For years we have provided facilities for preschool classes at 5000 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. You will also find the NCL offices here. We operate the Timeless Treasures Ticktocker Thrift Shop in Culver City, the proceeds of which go to support these charitable organizations and our other philanthropic endeavors.

Philanthropy is, and should be, the priority of the grade level groups. As a mother/daughter organization we want to teach our daughters to be good volunteers and effective philanthropists. The Ticktocker experience strives to provide the opportunities for each girl to know the joy of helping others, to learn tolerance and kindness, and to make friends while sharing and participating in these activities. Historically, the grade groups that offer meaningful hands-on philanthropic opportunities for the girls tend to be the groups that bond closely and get the most out of the National Charity League experience.