Foundation News

Headquarters Office Closed
(posted 03/23/2020)

COVID-19: On March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a shelter-in-place order for the entire state. Since the Elks National Foundation and BPOE headquarters are in Illinois, this affects our office. The office will be closed until April 30.

We will continue to work remotely; however, this will affect our mail and donation processing. Read more here.

Donation Deadline: March 31
(posted 03/17/2020)

We understand that the U.S. and the world are navigating uncharted territory with the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation deadline is tied to our fiscal year-end, which is March 31. That date is not flexible. We encourage Lodges and individuals to mail checks immediately. As always, we are accepting online donations and donations over the phone.

Notice: Elks National Foundation Statement on COVID-19
(posted 03/10/2020)

Notice! Like you, the Elks National Foundation is monitoring the rapidly evolving Coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak. As the situation continues to unfold, we are following CDC guidelines on practical ways to prevent the spread of infection. Read more here.

Building stronger communities in 2021
(posted 03/09/2020)

In February, the Elks National Foundation Board of Trustees approved a massive $39.1 million budget for the ENF’s 2020-21 Fiscal Year. That $39.1 million—dedicated to building stronger communities—includes updates to every program the ENF supports.

Impact Grant (Re)Builds Commmunity
(posted 02/27/2020)

When Elks see a need, they work together to meet it, and the members of Greater Pine Island, Florida, Lodge No. 2781 are no different.

March to 1,000 YouTube Subscribers!
(posted 02/05/2020)

The Elks National Foundation is marching toward 1,000 YouTube subscribers, which will unlock the ability to livestream. So we need you, the Mighty Army, to join the March to 1,000, a campaign to reach our goal.

What you give in life, you get back
(posted 01/28/2020)

When Tommy Goodelle was 2, his father, Andrew, started teaching him how to shoot a basketball.

Cumulative Recognition Level Update
(posted 01/14/2020)

On December 31, 2020, we'll make the biggest change to our cumulative recognition program since 2001.

Pearl Harbor Match Goal Reached!
(posted 01/08/2020)

Last month, the ENF announced a match for up to $100,000 in donations to the Elks Pearl Harbor Campaign received by December 31st.

One Big Family
(posted 12/17/2019)

Over the course of five years, Carrie Silsby watched her son Barron grow up—not just from a nine-year-old into a thirteen-year-old, but from a kid into a resilient, hard-working, and gritty young adult—all thanks to the Elks Hoop Shoot.

Putting Food on the Table
(posted 12/13/2019)

Saratoga-Wilton, N.Y., Lodge No. 161 wants to end food insecurity among seniors in their community. With the help of a $10,000 Impact Grant and a group of devoted volunteers, the Lodge is well on its way to achieving greater community awareness and expanding its dedicated food delivery program.

The Family Religion
(posted 12/09/2019)

Wayne Bower developed plenty of grit—his lucky charm—en route to the 2019 Hoop Shoot National Finals. But, he might’ve learned a bit about grit, and now gratitude, from his dad, too.

ENF Staff Members Join the Chicago Northshore Lodge
(posted 11/22/2019)

Three members of the Elks National Foundation were initiated into the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks at Chicago Northshore, Ill., Lodge No. 1316, keeping the Elks on track for another year of membership gain.

What is Giving Tuesday?
(posted 11/06/2019)

The ENF is joining the #GivingTuesday movement. Here's everything you need to know about it!

Spotlight on the Spotlight Grant
(posted 11/06/2019)

We're shining a spotlight on service! See how Toccoa, Ga., Lodge No. 1820 is using a Spotlight Grant in there community. Click here to learn more.

It's No Joking Matter
(posted 10/28/2019)

The Elks National Drug Awareness Program has always relied on Lodge, district, and state volunteers to educate youth about a drug-free lifestyle—especially through dedicated literature. But over the course of the past 15 years, the DAP has expanded its method of delivering its mission-minded message.

"You have a need, talk to the Elks."
(posted 09/30/2019)

After Toby missed the change of the season, he decided to change his life. His resilience has led him to work to change the lives of others. Read Toby's story here.

“You guys have enabled me to start even again.”
(posted 09/16/2019)

Some cycles are hard to break, especially the ones that are out of your control. Read Thomas' story here.

“I didn't know what I was going to do.”
(posted 08/07/2019)

Jesse thought he'd endured his darkest moments while serving in the Navy, but tragedy struck again years later. Read Jesse's story here.

2019 Elks National Convention Recap
(posted 08/06/2019)

Check out everything that happened with the Elks National Foundation at the 2019 Elks National Convention here!

2020 Most Valuable Student Scholarship Application is Open!
(posted 08/05/2019)

Encourage high school seniors who are U.S. citizens to apply for a chance to win up to $50,000 toward their college education. The deadline to apply is November 5. Click here to learn more.

Donor Event Hits Grand Slam
(posted 07/18/2019)

The Elks National Foundation's Annual Donor Event hit a grand slam at Busch Stadium. Read more about it, and how you can attend next year's event in Baltimore, here.

Center Stage in St. Louis
(posted 07/18/2019)

The 2019 Elks National Convention was the stage, and the Elks National Foundation put on a show. Read all about the ENF's Convention weekend here.

Spotlight Grant Drive Raffle Winners Announced!
(posted 07/17/2019)

We asked Convention attendees to bring a pack of new socks for veterans in need or a new or gently used children’s book to promote literacy. Lodges were entered into a raffle to double the value of its Spotlight Grant to $4,000. We ended up with more than 900 entries by Elks and guests who donated thousands of new socks for veterans and hundreds of books for children in the area.

Spotlight Grant Drive: Staff Picks
(posted 06/03/2019)

Not sure what to donate to the ENF's Spotlight Grant Drive at Convention from June 29-July 2? The ENF staff has you covered.

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