Foundation News

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.

A Year Like No Other
(posted 04/28/2021)

When the 2020-21 fiscal year opened on April 1, 2020, we were all in a place of uncertainty. States were shutting down, leaving Elks Lodges shuttered.

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

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 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.

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