Charity, the Most Noble of Elk Tenants

The Allensby Charity Trust Fund of the San Rafael Elks Lodge is celebrating the Trust’s 33rd year of charitable giving!

We are pleased to announce we awarded $37,000 to 24 small deserving non-profit agencies serving our local community. The annual Reception honoring these organizations is held every January at the Lodge, during which recipients receive their checks, thank the Lodge for the donation, and give an explanation to all in attendance of the great work they do.

The Trust is from a grant donated and established by Floyd Allensby, a long time Elk member and philanthropist whose generosity still has a positive impact on our community and our lodge. Seven trustees from the Lodge currently manage this trust, and each of whom spends time reviewing funding requests and applications from various Marin County non-profits.

The San Rafael Lodge and its members can take pride in the Allensby Charity Fund’s recognizing that our efforts are an annual tradition and proudly support one of our most noble tenets...Charity! The following is a list of the previous recipients and a short explanation of their mission. The Trustees of the Allensby Fund take pride in their work, and hope to inform and involve our members more with these organizations in the future.

Allensby Trust Recipients


Catholic Charities

C.H.E.A. California Hawaii Elks Association is a charitable organization serving children with disabilities since 1950... or Major Project, also the Purple Pig.

Ceres Community Project – Ceres of Marin involves young people learning to garden and cook to provide free meals to seriously ill and needy patients, connecting people of all ages in our community.

Community Institute for Psychotherapy – Provides support for single parent families making possible the delivery of quality mental health services and counseling to needy parents and children.

Elks National Foundation – Funding youth, veterans, and college scholarships and supporting state and local Elk associations in all of our communities.

For Words Literacy Labs – Provides young people in under-served communities with academic resources to develop crucial 21st century literacies.

Gilead House – Transforms the lives of mothers and their children through empowering life skills programs, mentoring, and safe transitional housing.

Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School at St. Vincent’s – Support boys with emotional, behavioral and academic challenges by helping provide an environment to build self- esteem, improve social skills and renew trust.

Halleck Creek Ranch – Helps people with disabilities live a life without barriers through therapeutic horseback riding.

Jessica’s Haven – A small dog rescue facility that offers vocational and social opportunities to individuals with special needs and... different abilities!

Lifehouse – Provides personalized support services to over 250 individuals with developmental disabilities in Marin and Sonoma Counties.

LITA Marin – Improves the quality of life for persons living in nursing, residential care and retirement facilities in Marin by providing volunteer visitors.

Marin Center for Independent Living – Assists persons of all types of disabilities to achieve sustainable independence as contributing, responsible and equal participants in society.

Marin County School Volunteers – Enriches student learning by training and pairing volunteer tutors with students in Marin public schools.

Marin Pregnancy Clinic – Provides free medical care and practical solutions to women with or without insurance who are pregnant.

Meals of Marin

Novato Human Needs – Provides services for low-income children, adults, and seniors who are facing hardships and need help and information.

Opportunity for Independence – Enhances the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities by providing individual programs throughout Marin County.

Project Avary – Offers long-term support, resources, guidance and training for children with incarcerated parents.

Project Hope – Provides a unique therapeutic environment. Equine Assisted Therapy for veterans, their families and groups of veterans.

San Rafael Elks Lodge – General support to our Lodges’ local and community-based charitable endeavors.

10,000 Degrees

Vision Impaired of Marin – Helps the blind or low vision in Marin gain and maintain independence, and advocate for needed services and activities.

West Marin Senior Services – Provides a full array of in-home supportive services to help seniors remain safely and independently in their homes as long as possible.

Wisdom International