Elks National Foundation
The mission of the Elks National Foundation (ENF) is to help Elks build stronger communities. The ENF fulfills this pledge by investing in communities where Elks Live and work. Since inception, the ENF has contributed more than $500 million towards Elks charitable PROJECTS and PROGRAMS nationwide.
Elks will invest more than $35 million in approved program services for educational and patriotic community-minded programs. These funds will benefit veterans, physically challenged youth, Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, and physical and occupational therapy programs.
"SPOTLIGHT GRANTS" that all Lodges have available to support a specific population need in their community. These grants are for 'populations,' not specific established programs or individual needs, and have grant project plans that need to be followed. They are not dependent on the Lodge meeting its per capita to qualify for the funds. These $2,000 grants are available to every Lodge to shine a light on pressing issues facing American communities, including COVID-19 relief which continues to be a significant need due to the ongoing pandemic.
The lodge will provide the Huckleberry Youth Program with funds to continue their out reach with trouble youth in Marin County. Counselling for at-risk teens who have suffered during the pandemic and need additional mental health support. The program directors from the Huckleberry Teen Health Program is schedule to provide a lecture at the lodge, regarding the work they do for trouble youth in Marin County. The lecture date is targeted to occur in March 2022.
"GRATITUDE GRANT" that all Lodges have available to support a specific population need in their community. These grants are for 'populations,' not specific established programs or individual needs, and have grant project plans that need to be followed. They are not dependent on the Lodge meeting its per capita to qualify for the funds.
Our Lodge is donating the money directly to SF/Marin Foodbank as a local organization best able to help the hungry in our local cities. Addressing hunger issues in Marin county continues to be a priority mission for the San Rafael Elks lodge. Despite Marin county affluence it is estimated 45,000 residents are challenged with hunger.
"BEACON GRANT" that all Lodges have available to support a specific population need in their community. We received $3,500 for this specific project.
Category: Crisis Support, Food Pantry/ Distribution, Other
Audience: Elderly, Hunger Issues, Youth
Elks Kitchen Cares Project was a response to COVID-19 and a grant donation from ENF we are making a difference in San Rafael. Volunteers are making hundreds of lunches a day for the homeless, needy and unemployed in our community. Using the Elk kitchen we prepare healthy lunches and take them to St Vinnie's Dining Room for the numerous homeless, poor, and disenfranchised population of San Rafael. Volunteers help make the lunches and serve.
"FOCUS GRANT" that all Lodges have available to support Veterans through Welcome Home Kits, housing and other support as needed. We were rewarded $10,000 this year for our specific project.
Our veterans coordinator has worked with HUD/VASH and other organizations to help recently-homeless veterans, primarily to date through Welcome Home Grants, but also on a case-by-case basis through finding donated furniture for their new domiciles.
Become a recurring donor! We qualify for numerous other grants for use in our Community when we reach a per capita for our Lodge membership.
FIND OUT MORE!
Joe Tato and Dennis McNell can answer questions and help you write an ENF Grant for our lodge. J_Tato@yahoo.com or Dennis@mcnell.org
A special fundraising effort that the ENF launched earlier this year is the SUPPORT PEARL HARBOR CAMPAIGN, in partnership with Pacific Historical Parks - a WWII-focused 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public benefit organization that oversees the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.