THE ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION (ENF) LEGACY TO THE FUTURE
In 1928, one man's dream became a reality for all Elks and the communities we serve. Then-National President John F. Malley envisioned a plan that would “unite the
forces of the Order into a mighty army for the service of mankind.” During the annual Grand Lodge Convention in Miami that year, Malley's call to service inspired delegates
to take action by voting to establish the Elks National Foundation with an initial $100,000 grant.
More than 80 years after Malley shared his vision with the Order, the ENF continues to unite all Elks in service to their communities.
The mission of the ENF is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work.
We provide tomorrow's leaders, our youth, with a healthy beginning; honor the Elks' pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations
accomplish their charitable objectives; and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.
Since inception, the ENF has contributed more than $324.6 million toward
Elks' charitable projects nationwide. These funds enable programs that support
youth, honor veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work.
Our programs continue to grow each year, allowing Elks to do even more to
build stronger communities.
This year, the ENF will invest a record $6.5 million in Elks communities through Community Investments Program grants for Elks Lodges. This includes the addition of Beacon
Grants, $1,000 grants available to every Lodge for an ongoing, Elks-driven, charitable project.
Community Investments Program grants—which also include Gratitude, Promise and Impact grants—offer your Lodge an opportunity to serve your community in ways that will raise
the Lodge’s profile, energize the membership, encourage former members to return to the fold, and gain the notice of people who want to be part of an organization that’s doing great things.
Who does it support?
The Elks National Foundation offers five scholarship programs.
Offering one and four-year college scholarship opportunities for up to
2,000 students each year.
- Most Valuable Student Scholarships
$2.213 million for 500 four-year scholarships for the nation’s top students
- Eagle Scout Scholarships
$48,000 in four-year scholarships for eight Eagle Scouts selected by
the Boy Scouts of America.
- Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarships
$48,000 in four-year scholarships for eight Gold Award recipients selected
by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
- Legacy Awards for Children of Elks
$500,000 for up to 500 one-year merit-based scholarships for the children
of Elks who have been in good standing for at least two years.
- Emergency Educational Fund Grants
Reserved $350,000 for one-year educational grants to the children of
deceased or totally incapacitated Elks. Grants typically range from
$1,000 to $4,000 and are renewable up to three times.
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Other ENF Programs
- Elks Drug Awareness Program
The Foundation granted $547,000 to fund the Elks Drug Awareness Program,
including printing and shipping millions of pieces of educational literature.
This also includes Promise Grants for Lodges that pledge to hold events
free of drugs, alcohol and violence, for youth in their communities.
Elks National Hoop Shoot® Free Throw Contest
The Foundation granted $614,125 to fund the Elks Hoop Shoot ® program.
More than 3 million youths will participate this year.
- Elks National Veterans Service Commission
The Foundation granted $749,900 this year to the Veterans Service Commission,
to provide aid and comfort for America’s hospitalized veterans.
- Elks Veterans Memorial
The Foundation granted $456,500 to maintain the Elks Veterans Memorial
State Association Grants
The Foundation will distribute over $5.3 million to state Elks associations.
These grants will help fund major projects such as children’s hospitals,
youth camps and safe havens, as well as state scholarships, Drug Awareness
and Hoop Shoot® Programs.
ENF Gratitude Grants
Helping Elks build stronger communities is what the ENF is all about. ENF
created the Gratitude Grants Program to allow Lodges to directly address
local needs. We realize each town, city and state varies in its make-up,
immediate concerns and needs. The ENF wants to put the opportunity to address
these local concerns in the hands of our Lodge.
A Gratitude Grant is:
- A grant of up to $2,000.00.
- Available to all Lodges
that meet the GER's per-capita goal.
- The ENF's way of saying thank you
for our Lodge's generosity.
- Intended to support a local charitable cause.
Ask one of our Officers how you can help with a Gratitude Grant.
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How Can You Help?
- You can donate online at www.elks.org/donate
- You can make a one-time donation
- You can pledge a fixed amount over a course of time
- You may contribute to the Foundation in memory of loved ones
- You can name the Elks National Foundation as a beneficiary of your estate
If you would like to become involved with the ENF Committee, or for more information about the Elks National Foundation,
please contact our lodge ENF Chairperson at or:
Elks National Foundation
2750 N. Lakeview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Web site: www.elks.org/enf
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