Our Legacy to the Future
In 1928, one man's dream became a reality for all Elks and the communities we serve. Then-
National President John F. Malley envisioned a plan that would “unite the forces of the Order
into a mighty army for the service of mankind.” During the annual Grand Lodge Convention in
Miami that year, Malley's call to service inspired delegates to take action by voting to establish
the Elks National Foundation with an initial $100,000 grant.
More than 88 years after Malley shared his vision with the Order, the ENF continues to unite
all Elks in service to their communities.
The mission of the ENF 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 lifelong skills; 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.
Since inception, the ENF has contributed $455.4 million toward Elks charitable projects nationwide. These funds enable programs that support youth, honor veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work. Our programs continue to grow each year, allowing Elks to
do even more to build stronger communities. Click here for details on all ENF programs.
This year, the ENF allocated $9.77 million to fund the Community Investments Program, investing in Elks communities through grants for Elks Lodges. Community Investments Program grants—which include Beacon, Gratitude, Promise and Impact grants—offer your Lodge an opportunity to serve your community 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 great things.
At its February meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Elks National Foundation Board of Trustees approved appropriations and distributions for the 2017 fiscal year totaling a record $29.5 million.
How the ENF Works
The ENF is able to help Elks build stronger communities thanks to contributions from our generous donors. Since inception, we have received more than $243.3 million in contributions and bequests. Today we boast more than 100,000 active donors and an endowment fund valued at $605.6 million.
A board of seven trustees, who are all past national presidents of the Order, governs the ENF, which is located at the Elks national headquarters in the Elks Veterans Memorial in Chicago. The director, Jim O'Kelley, oversees the administration of the ENF’s day-to-day operations. Click here to meet O’Kelley and his staff. The ENF also has volunteers at the Lodge, district and state levels who help coordinate our fundraising strategy and implement our programs.
Thanks to the ongoing support of our donors, the ENF continues to expand on Malley’s vision, mobilizing Elks across the country into a force for positive change.
Join your local Lodge in service to your community. Click here to learn more about the Elks.
2016 Elks Family
John F. Malley Founder of the Elks National Foundation in 1928
Most Valuable Student
"Double Life" -- Nadya Okamoto
The Elks are working together to end veteran homelessness.
President Ronald Reagan Addresses The B.P.O.E.
1988 Grand Lodge Convention in Las Vegas, NV.
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2016 ENF National Hoop Shoot Finals
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