The Elks National Foundation Board of Trustees has approved appropriations and distributions for the 2022-23 fiscal year totaling $41.2 million.
Appropriated $15.7 million to invest directly in Lodge communities. New in FY2023: Beacon Grants will increase to $4,000 grants available to every Lodge. Community Investments Program grant projects improve the quality of life in places where Elks live and work.
Granted $10.4 million to the state Elks associations through State Charities Grants, Special Project Grants and Bonus Grants, which help fund each state’s charitable activities.
Today’s Elks scholars can be tomorrow’s Elks, but we have to make that happen by engaging them and welcoming them to the #ElksFamily. To foster their relationship with the Elks, we will again fund three Elks Scholar Service Trips.
Designated $2.8 million to fund the Most Valuable Student scholarship program, which includes 500 four-year scholarships of at least $4,000. The contest features 20 top awards—10 for males, 10 for females—of at least $20,000. These 20 finalists will attend the MVS Leadership Weekend in April 2023 where they will interview for the six top scholarships of $30,000, $40,000 and $50,000.
Designated $1.6 million for the Legacy Awards scholarship program, which includes 350 four-year, $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks.
Reserved $130,730 for the Emergency Educational Grants program. Emergency Educational Grants are one-year educational grants to the children of deceased or totally disabled Elks.
Allocated more than $1.4 million to fund the Hoop Shoot, which has helped young people develop grit for 50 years. Click here to watch our Griteos, short films featuring past contestants and their families.
Allocated more than $1 million to fund the Elks Drug Awareness Program, which promotes constructive and collaborative solutions to youth substance abuse. This allocation includes a $225,000 grant from the DEA.
Granted $4.6 million to the Order’s Veterans Service Program, which provides aid and comfort for America’s veterans in need. The Welcome Home program will expand into two more cities: Orlando and Phoenix. Visit elks.org/vets to learn more about the ENVSC's initiatives to help end veterans homelenessness.
Granted $938,870 to maintain the Elks Veterans Memorial in Chicago. Take a virtual tour of the Elks Veterans Memorial here.
Appropriated about $2.7 million to fund the Foundation’s administrative and fundraising expenses. At less than 7 percent, our fundamental expenses are far below the Better Business Bureau’s standard for charities of no more than 35 percent of total spending.