With a grant of $100,000, the Elks National Foundation was established in 1928 as the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America. Today we boast more than 183,000 active donors and an endowment fund valuing $430 million. The ENF has contributed $253.5 million toward Elks’ charitable projects nationwide. The Foundation is a public, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Tax Reform Act of 1959. Donations to the Elks National Foundation are deductible for federal income and estate tax purposes.
The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow’s leaders, our youth, with a healthy beginning; honor the Elks’ pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.
At its February 14, 2008, meeting, the Elks National Foundation Board of Trustees approved the Foundation’s appropriations and distributions. In doing so, the ENF will distribute a record $17,061,246.00 during the 2008-09 year, through the following programs.
State Elks Association Grants $6.98 million
Scholarship Programs $3.64 million
Elks National Veterans Service Program $848,000
Elks “Hoop Shoot” free throw contest $737,514
Elks Memorial Building Maintenance $458,812
Elks Drug Awareness Program $688,750
Community Investments Program $1.37 million