About Elks National Foundation

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.

Nearly 90 years after Malley shared his vision with the Order, the ENF continues to unite all Elks in service to their communities.

Our Mission

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 help youth develop lifelong skills, send students to college, meet the needs of today’s veterans, support the charitable work of the state Elks associations, and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.

Our Impact

Since inception, the ENF has contributed $500 million toward Elks charitable projects nationwide. 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 $14.6 million to fund the Community Investments Program, investing in Elks communities through grants for Elks Lodges. Community Investments Program grants—which this year include a special Anniversary Grant to mark the 150th anniversary of the Elks and kick off the next 150 years—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.

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 $270 million in contributions and bequests. Today we boast more than 100,000 active donors and an endowment fund valued at $662.4 million.

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.

How to Give

Donate Online: Make sure to include our lodge number 157 so we can track your donation!


Support the ENF every time you shop at Amazon. Please Note: Due to how these donations are received, they are unable to credit individual donors for gifts.


Ebay Giving Works, a partnership between eBay and the nonprofit PayPal Giving Fund, allows sellers and buyers to support their favorite charity. Sellers can elect to contribute up to 100 percent of their profits to the ENF at no extra charge to the buyer. For example, if you sell an item for $30 with 50 percent of the final price shared with the ENF, each will receive $15.

How it Works:

  1. eBay sellers choose to share a percentage of each sale in support the of ENF.
  2. Once the item is listed, bidding begins on eBay.
  3. If the item sells, the seller gets paid by the buyer and ships the item—same as always.
  4. eBay’s nonprofit partner, PayPal Giving Fund, collects the donation from the sale and delivers it safely and securely to the ENF’s All Programs fund.

In addition, the eBay Giving Works Donate Now program allows donors to contribute cash donations directly to the ENF via their PayPal account.

ENF HALL OF FAME 157

  1. Mr. Russell E. Berger
    Honorary Founder
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-47-0600
  2. Mr. Daniel R. Bishop
    Peace
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-83-4053
  3. Mr. D. Jack Buroker
    Honorary Founder
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-28-6260
  4. Mr. Robert Buroker
    Honorary Founder
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-28-6259
  5. Mrs. Sue F. Buroker
    Honorary Founder
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-82-7958
  6. Mr. William H. Coyer
    Honorary Founder
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-89-4846
  7. Mrs. Julie A. Crowe
    Honorary Founder
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-85-4656
  8. Mrs. Julie A. Crowe
    Justice
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-85-4656
  9. Mr. Roger E. Crowe
    Honorary Founder
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-47-0222
  10. Mr. David C. Faulkner
    Permanent Benefactor
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-69-1061
  11. Mr. David C. Faulkner
    Peace
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-69-1061
  12. Mr. M. Scott Good
    Justice
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1001-26-5870
  13. Ms. Jean Huffer
    Peace
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1001-51-8911
  14. Kenton Elks Lodge No. 157 – Memoriams
    Honorary Founder
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-28-6299
  15. Kenton Lodge No. 157
    Knowledge
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-28-6294
  16. Mr. Ernest Klingelhofer
    Honorary Founder
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-68-2447
  17. Mr. Joseph E. Neal
    Peace
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-28-6303
  18. Mr. Reginald L. Slack
    Justice
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-86-3166
  19. Mr. Reginald L. Slack
    Permanent Benefactor
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1000-86-3166
  20. Mr. Michael D. Sturgeon
    Justice
    OH Lodge No. 157
    ENF Donor ID 1001-36-1749

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