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 Investments Program
Appropriated $12.53 million to invest directly in Lodge communities. This includes funding for a special $1,500 Anniversary Grant available to every Lodge in honor of the Order’s 150th anniversary. Community Investments Program grant projects improve the areas where Elks work and live.
- State Grants
Granted $9.35 million to the state Elks associations through State Charities Grants, Special Project Grants and Bonus Grants, which help fund each state’s major charitable projects.
Today’s Elks scholars can be tomorrow’s Elks, but we have to make that happen by engaging them and welcoming them to the #ElksFamily. We will again fund three Elks Scholar Service Trips for up to 20 scholars each. The trips will take place in Chicago, Los Angeles and Asheville, N.C., where the scholars will serve in the name of the Elks, forge bonds with one another, and connect with local Elks.
- Most Valuable Student Scholarship Competition
Designated $2.89 million to fund the Most Valuable Student scholarship program, which includes 500 four-year scholarships of at least $4,000. The contest features 20 top awards—10 for males, 10 for females—of at least $20,000. These 20 finalists will attend the MVS Leadership Weekend in Chicago, where they will interview for the six top scholarships of $30,000, $40,000 and $50,000.
- ENF Legacy Awards
Designated $1.34 million for the Legacy Awards scholarship program. This includes an additional 50 scholarships for a total of 300 four-year, $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks.
- Emergency Educational Fund Grants
Reserved $323,890 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
Allocated $974,880 to fund the Hoop Shoot, helping young people develop grit, the ability to persevere when the odds are stacked against them. Click here to watch our Griteos, short films featuring past contestants and their families.
- Elks Drug Awareness Program
Allocated $729,340 to completely fund the Elks Drug Awareness Program, which promotes constructive and collaborative solutions to youth substance abuse.
- Elks National Veterans Service Commission
Granted $1.5 million to the Order’s Veterans Service Program, which provides aid and comfort for America’s veterans in need. Click here to hear Chicago-area social workers at the Veterans Administration talk about the Elks’ efforts help veterans exit homelessness.
- Elks Veterans Memorial Maintenance
Granted $750,950 to maintain the Elks Veterans Memorial in Chicago. Take a virtual tour of the Elks Veterans Memorial here.
- Reserved $425,000 for miscellaneous grants, including the Gunther & Lee Weigel Medical School Scholarship.
- Fundamental Appropriations
Appropriated $2.32 million to fund the Foundation’s administrative and fundraising expenses. At 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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