Foundation News

City of Chicago Public Health Order: COVID-19 Vaccination
(posted 01/13/2022)

On January 3, the City of Chicago began requiring proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for individuals five years of age or older attending public indoor spaces where food and beverages are served, including dining establishments, hotel ballrooms and sports arenas.

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In the Spirit of Santa
(posted 01/06/2022)

Jerry Brien, Wisconsin Elks State President, and member of Kaukana, Wis., Lodge No. 962 has the beard, the look and the heart to make him the perfect Santa Claus. He’s been helping the big man at the North Pole for several years by doing appearances in his community to let kids tell him their Christmas wishes. This season, he's donating his "Santa money" to the Elks National Foundation.

Win a Golden Ticket to the 2022 Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals
(posted 11/17/2021)

A $50 donation to the Hoop Shoot program could be your ticket to the 50th anniversary National Finals. In celebration of this golden anniversary, five lucky donors will be selected to win a Golden Ticket—a trip for two to the 2022 Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals.

Elks Always Care for Veterans
(posted 11/10/2021)

November is Elks Veterans Remembrance Month, as well as National Veterans and Military Families Month, a time when Americans acknowledge the sacrifices made by those who have served. However, many veterans and military families face daily challenges that don’t fit neatly into a single month.

Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals—50th Anniversary
(posted 11/09/2021)

This season will be a brand-new and bigger-than-ever year for the Hoop Shoot. It marks the Hoop Shoot’s 50th anniversary as a national program, and the Elks intend to deliver a gold-medal National Finals for a golden anniversary.

MCN: Four-Tool Talent
(posted 10/28/2021)

In baseball, scouts grade players based on five tools that are central to success: hitting, hitting for power, running, fielding and throwing. Teams need players who possess several of those tools; they covet the ones who have all five. Five-tool talents are rare.

Diamonds are Forever
(posted 10/19/2021)

A diamond is forever, much like the bond between the Elks National Foundation and its donors. That’s why the ENF created the Diamond level of the cumulative recognition program, which honors lifetime gifts totaling $100,000. Through the course of their lifetime, Diamond Donors have committed themselves to the Foundation’s cause and its future.

A True Champion of the Order
(posted 10/06/2021)

We are pleased to announce our 2021 Elks Scholar Alum of the Year, Jay Little Cunningham.

Scholar Advisory Board Welcomes Four New Members
(posted 10/04/2021)

We are pleased to announce our two new freshmen representatives, our new at-large representative as well as our 2021 Elks Scholar Alum of the Year to the 2021-22 SAB cohort.

2022 Legacy Awards Scholarship
(posted 09/27/2021)

The 2022 Legacy Awards contest launched on September 1, 2021. Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships for high school seniors who are the children and/or grandchildren of dues-paying Elks.

2022 MVS Scholarship Contest
(posted 09/27/2021)

The 2022 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest deadline was November 15. The MVS scholarship is open to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens. The 500 four-year scholarships are awarded based on academics, service, leadership and financial need. We will announce the recipients in late March.

Mini Trips, Major Impact
(posted 09/09/2021)

After a 16-month, COVID-induced hiatus, Elks Scholar Service Trips returned this summer in a mini way with a major impact.

Servin' in Santa Monica
(posted 08/20/2021)

Ten Elks scholars humbly took Santa Monica by storm on the second of three mini Elks Scholar Service Trips.

Going Platinum
(posted 08/18/2021)

In 2020, a record number of donors achieved the Platinum level of the ENF’s cumulative recognition program, which honors lifetime gifts totaling $50,000.

Medical School Standouts!
(posted 08/10/2021)

We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 Gunther and Lee Weigel Medical School Scholarship—Adam Tucker, Derek Riffert, Jacky Chu, Jessica Phan, Jyotsna Bitra, Lindsey Kroboth, Lydia Smeltz, Marjorie Fitzsimmons, Marlena Pigliacampi, and Shiv Patel. Read more here.

Anthony Muoio Saves the Day
(posted 07/30/2021)

Anthony Muoio started volunteering when he was just three months old. His parents, Sarah and Robert, brought him along as they completed service projects in their community.

Fidelity Club FAQ
(posted 07/29/2021)

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the Elks National Foundation’s monthly giving program—the Fidelity Club. So what does it mean to be a sustaining giver?

ENF Board of Trustees Updates
(posted 07/19/2021)

The 2021 Elks National Convention was full of old faces and new, hellos and goodbyes. The Elks National Foundation Board of Trustees said some hellos and goodbyes, too.

A new per-member-giving goal
(posted 07/13/2021)

Every National President establishes a per-member-giving goal to encourage support of the Elks National Foundation.

Celebrate Fidelity Club Month
(posted 07/12/2021)

This August, we’re celebrating all-things Fidelity Club with the first-ever Fidelity Club Month!

Elks Change the News
(posted 07/09/2021)

As the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold last spring, Elks Lodges were shuttered. People were getting sick. Healthcare workers were overwhelmed. One in six Americans faced food insecurity by the end of the summer. Then, the Community Investments Program grant year opened. Elks said, “not in my community.” With CIP grants and an unwavering commitment to service, we changed the news.

CIP Phase 2: Beacon and Spotlight Grants
(posted 06/14/2021)

On Tuesday, June 1, the applications for the $3,500 Beacon Grant and the $2,000 Spotlight Grant opened. The Beacon and Spotlight grants are available to every Lodge, and the flexibility that was introduced last year will continue. Plus, Lodges can merge the Spotlight Grant with the Beacon, increasing their Beacon Grant project budget to $5,500.

Closing the longest Hoop Shoot season yet
(posted 06/02/2021)

The COVID-19 pandemic was just a whisper when the 2020 Hoop Shoot season tipped off in the fall of 2019. Read a recap of how the longest season in the program's history ended.

Elks National Foundation 2021 Convention Schedule
(posted 05/24/2021)

The Elks National Convention will look a bit different this year, but we can’t wait to see old friends—and make new ones—in Tampa.

The breadth of humanity
(posted 05/05/2021)

For the second year, the MVS Leadership Weekend went virtual, bringing scholars from California to Pennsylvania together to share their stories and interview for the top six awards.

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