Foundation News

Gratitude Grant Applications Open!
(posted 04/01/2021)

The 2021-22 fiscal year kicked off on April 1 with the launch of the Gratitude Grant. Ranging from $2,000 to $3,000, these grants are the ENF’s way of thanking Lodges that reached the National President’s giving goal in the previous year. Learn more here.

Cumulative Recognition Changes Made
(posted 04/01/2021)

On March 31, we made the biggest change to our cumulative recognition program since 2001—we discontinued the three cumulative recognition levels below $1,000. The change aligns our recognition programs with our fundraising priorities and help us better control costs.

2021 Donation Deadline
(posted 02/24/2021)

The donation deadline is March 31. Donations must be received at the Elks National Foundation office by that date. This is a firm deadline. Please mail donations as soon as possible. Some areas of our country are experiencing significant mail and courier delivery service delays, and unpredictable weather can impact delivery. To guarantee donations are received by March 31, consider donating online at enf.elks.org/donate.

Cumulative Recognition Changes
(posted 02/18/2021)

On March 31, we’ll make the biggest change to our cumulative recognition program since 2001—we’re discontinuing the three cumulative recognition levels below $1,000. The change will align our recognition programs with our fundraising priorities and help us better control costs.

Zoom in on Fundraising
(posted 02/05/2021)

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many Elks Lodges to close their doors and inevitably postpone events, and it could have easily driven people apart. But the Elks are a strong and creative community, and they stepped up to the challenge of creating connections despite the social distance.

Making a Plan
(posted 01/25/2021)

Some are born into Elkdom, and others have Elkdom thrust upon them. For Karen and Jim McNitt of Frederick, Md., Lodge No. 684, it was a little bit of both.

Lodges Utilize CIP Grants to Provide Pandemic Relief
(posted 01/19/2021)

One year ago, the pandemic began to unfold in our communities. Elks are known in their communities for many things, but above all else, they are known for their service and volunteerism. They use their time to build stronger communities, often with the help of ENF Community Investments Program grants. But the pandemic changed that. Elks couldn’t gather to meet the increasingly pressing need in their neighborhoods. So, the CIP adapted to help Elks rise to the occasion.

A Pair of Generous Hearts
(posted 01/06/2021)

When R.A. and Margy Pickett were married, they dealt with plenty of paperwork needed to start their new life together. Through the barrage of papers, files and exciting new adventures, one item they were sure to mark off their list was a will.

CIP Provides Covid Relief
(posted 12/10/2020)

As the CIP Grant Application Deadline approaches, we're taking a look at how Lodges used their grants to provide COVID relief in their communities.

The Power of Giving
(posted 11/30/2020)

Whether time or donations, giving feels more important this year. Supporting the causes we care about brings us closer to them, especially when being close isn't always possible. It helps to make a difference—often a tangible one—in the lives of others.

Take a Break with the ENF
(posted 11/25/2020)

Take a Break with the ENF, a series of pop-up chats that we debuted this summer is back! ENF Staff will answer your questions live on Facebook. If you’d like to send questions ahead of time, please email them to enf@elks.org. Be sure to include your name and Lodge number along with your question so we can give you a shout-out live! Take a Breaks are every other Thursday at 10 a.m. CST. Click here for the full schedule.

Get Connected on YouTube
(posted 11/16/2020)

Over the past few years, we've produced dozens of incredible films showcasing the ENF's programs—and there's always more to share! Stay connected by subscribing to our YouTube channel to watch Elks scholars share what #ElksFamily means to them, see Elks build stronger communities across the nation and much more. Click here to learn how to subscribe.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes to the Cumulative Recognition Program
(posted 10/23/2020)

On March 31, 2021, we’ll make the biggest change to our cumulative recognition program since 2001—we’re discontinuing the three cumulative recognition levels below $1,000. The change will align our recognition programs with our fundraising priorities and help us better control costs.

Introducing the Service Scorecard
(posted 09/29/2020)

Since 2016, during the Hoop Shoot National Finals, National Finalists and their families come together for Hoop Shoot Assists, an evening of service and community. Due to the pandemic, the world calls for a new form of engagement for past, present and future Hoop Shooters—one in which we don’t have to be together to make a difference.

Championing the Order
(posted 09/24/2020)

The two newest members of the Elks National Foundation’s staff are testaments to one of our biggest goals: that our program recipients become champions of the Order.

Elks Lodges Provide Respite from Wildfires
(posted 09/23/2020)

Since the middle of August, wildfires have raged across the West Coast, affecting the lives of people throughout California, Oregon and Washington. Elks Lodges have been stepping up to provide relief.

2021 Legacy Awards Contest
(posted 08/31/2020)

The 2021 Legacy Awards Contest begins on September 1. Legacy Awards are open to the children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elks. The recipients of these $4,000 scholarships are required to serve with an Elks Lodge at least once per year. Read more here.

2021 MVS Contest
(posted 08/05/2020)

The ENF is proud to announce the start of the 2021 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest.
The application is completed online and must be submitted by the November 15, 2020, deadline. The 500 national winners will be announced in April 2021, after the top 20 finalists participate in the Leadership Weekend and interview for the top awards. Read more here.

ENF Per-Member-Giving Goal
(posted 07/20/2020)

Grand Exalted Ruler Paul Ryan announced the new per-member-giving goal for 2020-21. Elks’ support makes the work of the ENF possible, and every donation helps. To encourage support, the National President announces a per-member-giving goal ever year. This year, the goal is $4.80. Learn more here.

ENFtoYou Summer Series: Take a Break with the ENF
(posted 07/17/2020)

Take a Break with the ENF. Every Friday at 10 a.m. Central Time, the Foundation staff will do a Facebook Live. Click here for the schedule.

ENFtoYou Swag Bag
(posted 06/26/2020)

Show Us How You #HamperHoopShoot
(posted 06/18/2020)

We know getting to the court or gym to shoot hoops isn’t easy right now. So we’re bringing the Hoop Shoot home!

A Good Legacy in the #ElksFamily
(posted 06/08/2020)

They say there’s the family you’re born into and the family you choose. For Wyatt Good, the Elks are both. A child and grandchild of Elks, Good grew from an Elks scholar into an Elk himself—and a proud donor to the Elks National Foundation.

Elks National Foundation announces ENFtoYou: Summer Series
(posted 06/05/2020)

The Elks National Foundation is proud to present ENFtoYou: Summer Series, a virtual experience for Elks to learn more about the ENF and its programs. Since the Elks National Convention was canceled, we’re bringing the ENF to you—wherever you are. The ENF will kick off the Summer Series on Sunday, June 28, at 5 p.m. CST with a virtual version of the show it would have presented at Opening Ceremonies in Baltimore. Join us for remarks by the top two Most Valuable Students and other must-see moments!

Thank You from the Legacy Awards Class of 2020
(posted 05/22/2020)

As the children or grandchildren of Elks, Legacy scholars know that being involved with the Elks means having a family wherever you go—and they're incredibly grateful for that. Click here to read from the class of 2020 Legacy Awards recipients.


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