Charity, the Most Noble of Elk Tenants

The Allensby Charity Trust Fund of the San Rafael Elks Lodge is celebrating the Trust’s 37th year of charitable giving!

The San Rafael Elks lodge, and the trustees of the Allensby Charity Fund, are pleased to announce a special year end distribution of $36,000, in individual grants, made during the month of November, 2022.

These grants, usually scheduled for distribution at our annual January reception, were accelerated again due to the continuing needs of these agencies serving  our community in this challenging environment.

These well deserved grants were made to 23 separate Non-Profit agencies, collectively serving a broad cross section of those in need, in our community. This years' distribution brings our cumulative grants to over  $1,000,000  as we continue to support  one of  Elks principle tenets, CHARITY.

The trustees of the Allensby Charity Fund thanks the San Rafael Lodge and all lodge members for their continuing support of our non profit community.

This years' Grantees are:

The Trust originated 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.

Amigos Alados - Students of the Americas protecting migratory birds.

Buckelew Programs - Buckelew Programs is the largest provider of comprehensive mental health and addiction services in the North Bay for those who would otherwise not have access.

Catholic Charities - one of the largest, most comprehensive human services agencies in Northern California, reaching more that 32,000 people a year.

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.

Family Works - Family Works provides compassionate, effective, and affordable services that build essential parenting and life skills for people with cognitive disabilities.  

ForWords - Literacy Labs that provide young people in under-served communities with academic resources to develop crucial 21st century literacies.

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

LITA Marin – Enhancing lives and making personal connections to improve the quality of life for persons living in nursing, residential care and retirement facilities in Marin by providing volunteer visitors.

Marin Athletic Foundation - Supporting Marin County's athletic programs by focusing on health, safety and injury prevention of all student athletes.

Marin Foster Care - Commited to supporting safe and consistent care for foster children and nourish the amazing adults caring for them.

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

Meals of Marin - Meals of Marin's mission is to provide nourishment, comfort, hope and dignity to people battling life-threatening illnesses.

North Marin Community Services - In their 50th year of service to people in need in North Marin, their mission is to empower youth, adults and families in our diverse community to achieve well-being, growth and success.

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

Ritter House - Ritter  prevents and resolves homelessness and improves the health, dignity and well-being of people living in poverty in Marin County by providing high-quality, culturally sensitive, easily accessible medical care and social services.

Tam House - A non-profit providing high quality, affordable housing for single seniors aged 62 and over - men and women - based on cooperative living, shared respect and well-being within our homes and the larger community.

Veterans and Equines Together - Provides a unique therapeutic environment including equine assisted therapy and equine activities for our veterans, their families and the community. A place where they can learn  and grow emotionally and socially to develop valuable life skills in a natural setting with professional support.

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 - Prevention of Human Trafficing and Exploitation


Bloom, Jessica’s Haven, Lifehouse, Marin Center for Independent Living, Marin County School Volunteers, Novato Human Needs, Opportunity for Independence, Project Hope, San Rafael Elks Lodge,