The Elks National Foundation, established in 1928, helps Elks build stronger communities through programs that support youth, serve veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work.
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Elks Community Builder of the Week
Danville, Va., Lodge No. 227
Batter up! With the help of Danville, Va., Lodge No. 227’s Promise Grant, the local high school baseball team holds a successful pancake breakfast fundraiser! Here, the team stands ready to serve breakfast to attendees.
by Meaghan Morris Lodge Grants Program Coordinator
Hello! My name is Meaghan, and I am thrilled to be the new Programs Coordinator in the Community Investments Program office. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015. Since then, I’ve jetted around peripatetically, travelling to 46 states and 24 countries, and living in Western Massachusetts, Boston, and the mountains of rural Wyoming. I moved to Chicago in 2016, and the Cubs won the World Series a little while later. I attribute my move as the main catalyst for the breaking of the Curse of the Billy Goat, so, you’re welcome for that, Cubs fans! I joined the ENF during its busiest time of the year. I started working in the CIP office one day after grant applications opened for the new year, and our office was inundated with hundreds of grant applications in that first week alone. On top of the busyness in our office, Fundraising, Communications, Hoop Shoot and Scholarships were excitedly (yet gracefully!) preparin…
by Katie Graves Lodge Grants Programs Coordinator Hello! My name is Katie Graves, and I am excited to be one of the new Programs Coordinators in the Community Investments Program office.
I graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in English and Secondary Education with a minor in Social Work in December 2018. I spent the next six months building and growing my small online vintage clothing business, working retail at a Swedish furniture store (any guesses?), and searching for a purposeful job that I could fall in love with that would also allow me to move from southeastern Wisconsin to Chicago. When I landed the Programs Coordinator position at the Elks National Foundation, I was ecstatic to begin this journey both professionally and personally. I was moving to my dream city, and I was going to be doing a job with purpose focused on helping passionate groups of wonderful Elks do good in their communities with CIP grants.
I became a part of the ENF family at an exciting time of…
by Nathan Kriha Donor Services Coordinator One of the most consistent passions in my life has been a
love for nonprofits—especially ones that focus on education and the development
of impoverished communities. This love can be traced all the way back to my
high school days when my mother (quite forcibly) suggested I teach a kindergarten
religious education course with her. After my introductory class, I thought that this decision
would easily be one of the biggest regrets of my life: The children would
scream, cry, launch their crayons into space, tear up their books, and cry a
little more. While I was initially stunned by this preliminary lesson, I witnessed
my mother corral these angsty students and gradually create a heartwarming and
quite soothing environment. At this moment I realized the true influence that a
teacher can have on their students, and I became captivated with the study of
successful teaching methods. This interest persisted into my coursework at the
University of Not…