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.
The mission of the ENF is to help Elks build stronger communities by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow’s leaders, our youth, with lifelong skills; 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 $455.4 million toward Elks’ charitable projects nationwide. Our programs continue to grow each year, allowing Elks to do even more to build stronger communities. This year, the ENF will invest $12.5 million in Elks communities through Community Investments Program grants for Elks Lodges. Community Investments Program grants offer our Lodge an opportunity to raise the Lodge’s profile, energize the membership, encourage former members to return to the fold, and attract new members by gaining the notice of people who want to be part of an organization that’s doing great things.
The ENF Community Investments Program
Includes the following types of grants:
- Impact – for charitable projects
- Gratitude – for meeting per-member goal
- Promise – for a local youth event
- Beacon – for new or ongoing charitable projects
- Lodge Assistance – for partnering with local businesses on charitable projects
The ENF is able to help Elks build stronger communities thanks to contributions from our generous donors. Since inception, the ENF has received nearly $234.2 million in contributions and bequests. Today we boast more than 100,000 active donors and an endowment fund valued at $636.9 million.
In the Fall of 2014 our Lodge was awarded a $10,000 Impact Grant for a community service project at Vero Beach Elementary School. This grant has been awarded to us in every year since then to continue to the Elks Love Kids of Character program. Read more about it here.
The Elks National Foundation provides $4.68 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs.
The ENF will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the competition. Applications for the ENF Most Valuable Student Scholarships are available on ENF website: www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm. Applications must be turned into the Lodge by December 2, 2017.
ENF also offers Legacy Scholarships to children and grandchildren of Elks members after 3 years of membership. Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year for four years). The foundation will offer a total of up to 250 awards Applications are available online at http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/Legacy.cfm. The application deadline to the Grand Lodge is February 3, 2018.
ENF also offers Emergency Education Grants for children or grandchildren of deceased Elks members who were providing support of the student. Grant amounts are based on the information submitted in the application and can range up to $4,000. Applications available at firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be submitted to and processed by the Lodge where the Elk parent or stepparent is or was a member. Applications should be filed at the Grand Lodge between July 1 and December 31.
Any and all questions should be addressed to Donna Knerr, the Lodge Scholarship Committee Chairperson, here.