On February 15, at a meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., the ENF Board of Trustees approved appropriations and distributions for the 2012-13 fiscal year totaling a record $23.6 million.
Program-Related Grants & Appropriations
Community Investments Program
Appropriated $6.5 million for the Community Investments Program to invest directly in Lodge communities. This includes the addition of Beacon Grants, $1,000 grants available to every Lodge for an ongoing, Elks-driven community project. To learn more about the Community Investments Program, visit http://www.elks.org/enf/community
Granted $7.7 million to the state Elks associations through State Charities Grants, Special Project Grants and Bonus Grants. These grants help fund each state’s major charitable projects, which include aid for people with disabilities, cancer research, children’s hospitals, youth camps, and providing safe havens for abused families. In addition, portions of these grants help fund state Drug Awareness, Hoop Shoot, Veterans Service and scholarship programs, as well as other projects that best extend a state’s philanthropic outreach. To find out how the ENF is helping your state, visit http://www.elks.org/enf/YourState.cfm
Most Valuable Student
Designated $2.296 million for 500 four-year scholarships for the 2013-14 through 2016-17 academic years.
Designated $1 million to fund up to 250 four-year, $4,000 scholarships for the children and grandchildren of Elks who have been members in good standing for at least two years.
Emergency Educational Grants
Reserved $300,000 for one-year educational grants to the children of deceased or totally disabled Elks who wish to obtain or further their college education. For more information about our scholarship programs, including eligibility, deadlines, and opportunities for Elks scholars throughout college and beyond, visit
Elks National Veterans Service Commission
Granted $1.135 million to fund the Order’s Veterans Service Program, which provides aid and comfort for America’s veterans. For more information on the Veterans Service Commission, visit www.elks.org/vets.
Elks Veterans Memorial Maintenance
Granted $667,472 to maintain the Elks Veterans Memorial in Chicago.
Elks National Hoop Shoot® Free Throw Program
Appropriated $748,055 to fund the Elks’ national free throw program, encouraging youth to lead healthy and active lifestyles. For more information on the Hoop Shoot, visit http://www.elks.org/hoopshoot
Elks Drug Awareness Program
Appropriated $676,650 to completely fund the Elks Drug Awareness Program, which promotes constructive and cooperative solutions to youth substance abuse through education. For more information on the Drug Awareness Program, visit http://www.elks.org/dap
Allocated $135,000 for miscellaneous grants, including the Gunther & Lee Weigel Medical School Scholarship and a $25,000 Give-Back Grant to be awarded during the Elks National Convention.
Appropriated $1.9 million to help fund the day-to-day operations of the Foundation’s Chicago office. Our fundamental expenses are far below the Better Business Bureau’s standard for charities of 35 percent of total spending.
Allotted $461,150 to administer the Foundation’s programs and evaluation efforts.
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: BEACONS OF HOPE
Headline news: Local Food Pantry in Desperate Need of Support; Students Seeking Safe Place to Gather after School; Homelessness among Veterans on the Rise.
In a world where newspapers are full of dark stories of struggling people, communities across the country are seeking relief.
Headline news: Elks Are a Beacon of Hope for Struggling Communities.
Now, every Elks community can see the light.
Starting on July 1, every Lodge will be eligible to apply for a $1,000 Beacon Grant, the newest component of the Community Investments Program.
“These grants offer Lodges a chance to expand their charitable activities, and to make a difference in the community through an ongoing project,” says ENF Director Jim O’Kelley. “That’s the key; we want to fund ongoing projects, not one-time activities. We want the community to identify your Lodge with your project and know that the Elks are a force for positive change.”
Bring light to your community’s news. Visit http://www.elks.org/enf/community for details on Beacon Grants and the Community Investments Program.
Through the Elks National Foundation’s Community Investments Program, Elks Lodges can apply for grants to serve their communities in ways that address local needs. In 2012-13, the ENF will invest up to $6.5 million in Elks communities through Community Investments Program grants. To learn more, visit http://www.elks.org/enf/community