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"And although this is a thank you letter concerning the scholarship, I would also like to thank you for all the other things your organization does for my community and for communities throughout the nation, for although gratitude isn’t always expressed, it most definitely is making an impact and is felt. At my high school, Petersburg High School, we have an Elks Student of the Month program, which recognizes outstanding students each month. Every year around 18 students are recognized and applauded for their efforts in helping better their peers and community. Without the Elks, this recognition would not exist, and many students would never receive any appreciation. Much to the excitement of all elementary students, the Elks also puts on the annual Elk’s Soccer Shoot. As a volunteer once myself, I can promise the kids absolutely love it and look forward to it every year. In fact, some of us high schools students almost feel jealous we still can’t compete. The best part? Everyone goes home a winner with a soccer ball and a great meal from the hot dog cookout. In addition, the lodge members who put it on each year are always so kind and easygoing, and it reminds me how great it is to live in such a wonderful community with such involved organizations, such as the Elks. Our community would not be the same without the local Elks lodge, and I’m sure the same could be said for any community in the nation with an Elks lodge."
Diane Murph, Scholar

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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.

More than 80 years after Malley shared his vision with the Order, the ENF continues to unite all Elks in service to their communities.

Our Mission

The mission of the ENF is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge 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.

Our Impact

Since inception, the ENF has contributed more than $406.3 million toward Elks' charitable projects nationwide. These funds enable programs that support youth, honor veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work. Our programs continue to grow each year, allowing Elks to do even more to build stronger communities. Click here for details on all ENF programs.

This year, the ENF allocated $9.77 million to fund the Community Investments Program, investing in Elks communities through grants for Elks Lodges. Community Investments Program grants—which include Beacon, Gratitude, Promise and Impact grants—offer your Lodge an opportunity to serve your community in ways that will raise the Lodge’s profile, energize the membership, encourage former members to return to the fold, and gain the notice of people who want to be part of an organization that’s doing great things.

How the ENF Works

The ENF is able to help Elks build stronger communities thanks to contributions from our generous donors. Since inception, we have received more than $234.2 million in contributions and bequests. Today we boast more than 100,000 active donors and an endowment fund valued at $611.8 million.

A board of seven trustees, who are all past national presidents of the Order, governs the ENF, which is located at the Elks national headquarters in the Elks Veterans Memorial in Chicago. The director, Jim O'Kelley, oversees the administration of the ENF’s day-to-day operations. Click here to meet O’Kelley and his staff. The ENF also has volunteers at the Lodge, district and state levels who help coordinate our fundraising strategy and implement our programs.

Thanks to the ongoing support of our donors, the ENF continues to expand on Malley’s vision, mobilizing Elks across the country into a force for positive change.

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