Harness Lodge Support
We want you to serve your communities 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 big things. When Lodges use our resources effectively, it can lead to positive membership growth. The steps outlined the the CIP Toolkit will help you get the most out of your Community Investments Program grant.

To access another part of the toolkit, click here.

Get the Entire Lodge Involved!

Now that you have a charitable project planned and ready to go, it's time to recruit some volunteers! Get your Lodge membership energized about the project and engage current and prospective members in service.

  • Establish a Lodge Grant Committee, including Lodge members and other stakeholders, like those who helped identify the need. Keep the Lodge and community informed throughout the project, and encourage involvement from those not on the grant committee. There are many ways to get involved!
    • Assign a volunteer to take photos and videos. Click here for photo and video guidelines. To print up a photo release form, click here.

    • Be loud. Talk about the Elks. Click here for an elevator speech you can use when talking about the Elks.

    • Be visible. Make sure the Elks logo is prominently placed throughout the project activity.

    • Be proud. Show the community all the great things that the Lodge does. Think about your audience, and encourage them to participate in other Elks programs. For example, if you’re holding a youth back to school fair, be sure to talk about ENF scholarships and the Elks Hoop Shoot. Have Elks promotional items on hand to cross-promote programs.

  • Brush up your social media game! Read our 10 Tips for Promoting Grant Projects Through Social Media.

  • Invite Elks scholars! Today's scholars can be tomorrow's Elks. Watch this webinar to learn more, or head on over to the ENF Scholarships website for more information.

  • If the Lodge is partnering with another organization—e.g., the food bank—it is equally as important for them to promote the information through their channels, with the Elks logo clearly visible, so their constituents know the Elks are a driving force in the cause.

Ready for the next step? Click here.

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