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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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 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 John Kavula Elks Scholar Fellow Less than a month after I started working at the ENF, I was
in San Antonio with 150 of our scholars for the 150 for 150 Service and
Celebration Weekend. That was my first time at a national convention. With all
the excitement of the celebration, I knew that it was a unique event and not
something to expect every year. This year, I was looking forward to going to
St. Louis to see a different side of convention with a much smaller group of
people: the members of our Scholar Advisory Board. After being a part of the
SAB’s annual meeting, I can say one thing for sure: grab your shades because
the future for Elks scholars is bright!
All of our scholars are obviously amazing, not only for
their academic prowess, but their service to their communities. The members of
the SAB stand out among the thousands of Elks scholars for one important
reason: their dedication to engaging other Elks scholars. Staffing the Board’s
meeting in St. Louis, I heard their ideas …
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…