At its meeting in Tampa on February 12, 2014, the ENF Board of Trustees approved appropriations and distributions for the 2015 fiscal year totaling a record $26.5 million. Click here for a printable fact sheet.
- Community Investments Program
Appropriated $8.68 million for the Community Investments Program to invest directly in Lodge communities. Community Investments Program projects have a significant and lasting impact on areas where Elks live and work.
- State Grants
Granted $8.35 million to the state Elks associations through State Charities Grants, Special Project Grants and Bonus Grants. This includes an increase of the pools for State Charities and Special Projects grants to the State Associations by 5 percent—the largest increase to these pools in more than 10 years. 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 will 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.
- Most Valuable Student Scholarship Competition
Designated $2.64 million to fund the Most Valuable Student scholarship program, which includes 500 four-year scholarships. These scholars demonstrate academic excellence and leadership, and have financial need. The contest features 20 top awards—10 for males, 10 for females—of at least $20,000. The 20 top winners will attend the MVS Leadership Weekend in Chicago, where they will interview for the $30,000, $40,000 and $50,000 MVS scholarships and connect with the Elks family. The remaining 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.
- ENF Legacy Awards
Designated $1.1 million for the Legacy Awards scholarship program. This includes 250 four-year, $4,000 scholarships for Elks’ children and grandchildren. These students exhibit the core values of the ENF—knowledge, charity, community and integrity.
- Emergency Educational Fund Grants
Reserved $317,790 for the Emergency Educational Grants program. Emergency Educational Grants are one-year educational grants to the children of deceased or totally disabled Elks.
- Elks National
Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program
Granted $825,160 to fund the Elks' national free throw program, guiding youth to compete, connect and succeed, and encouraging participants to lead healthy and active lives.
- Elks Drug Awareness Program
Appropriated $646,910 to completely fund the Elks Drug Awareness Program, which promotes constructive and cooperative solutions to youth substance abuse through education.
- Elks National Veterans Service Commission
Granted $1.144 million to fund the Order's Veterans Service Program, which provides aid and comfort for America's veterans.
- Elks Veterans Memorial Maintenance
Granted $672,450 to maintain the Elks Veterans Memorial in Chicago.
- Reserved $125,000 for miscellaneous grants, including the Gunther & Lee Weigel Medical School Scholarship.
- Fundamental Expenditures
Appropriated $2 million to fund the day-to-day operations of the Foundation's Chicago office. At 7.7 percent, our fundamental expenses are far below the Better Business Bureau's standard for charities of no more than 35 percent of total spending.
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