Grants and Appropriations
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 and Appropriations
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 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.
•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. Community Investments Program projects have a significant and lasting impact on areas where Elks live and work.
•Most Valuable Student Scholarship Competition
Designated $2.296 million for 500 four-year scholarships for the 2013-14 through 2016-17 academic years.
•ENF Legacy Awards
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 Fund 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.
•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.
•Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program
Granted $748,055 to fund the Elks' national free throw program, encouraging youth to lead healthy and active lifestyles.
•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.
•Elks Veterans Memorial Maintenance
Granted $667,472 to maintain the Elks Veterans Memorial in Chicago.
Reserved $135,000 for miscellaneous grants, including the Gunther & Lee Weigel Medical School Scholarship and one $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.
Appropriated $461,150 to administer the Foundation's program and evaluation efforts.
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