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.
Nearly 90 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 Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We help youth develop lifelong skills, send students to college, meet the needs of today's veterans, support the charitable work of the state Elks associations, and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.
Like all Elks, the Foundation values the belief that charity is the greatest of all virtues and that by sharing and giving, we have the power to replace sorrow and despair with hope and confidence. Donations to the Foundation help us fund programs that match our cornerstone values of knowledge, integrity and community.
The ENF is able to help Elks build stronger communities thanks to contributions from our generous donors. Since inception, we have received more than $259 million in contributions and bequests. Today we boast more than 100,000 active donors and an endowment fund valued at $665.8 million.
At its February meeting in Savannah, Georgia, the Elks National Foundation Board of Trustees approved appropriations and distributions for the 2017-18 fiscal year totaling $33.14 million.
Community Investment Program……………………… $12.53 mil
Scholarship Programs………………………………………. $4.68 mil
Elks National Veterans Service Program…………. $1.50 mil