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CONNECTICUT ENF UPDATE!
By James Money PDD - CEA ENF Chairman
Happy New Year to all!
Westbrook Lodge No. 1784 Success Story:
ENF Chair, James Money recently received this email...
Hi Jim, I was hoping to meet you at the DD clinic last night. I am Jack Barnhart, the ENF Chair for the Westbrook Lodge.
I wanted to share a success that I had raising money for ENF this year. I believe the lodges should try to share "best of" ideas for all our activities. Although its nothing new, I came up with an insert or buck slip for our annual mailing. The basic ENF brochures did not have specific info on donating to our lodge and I could not find a template on CLMS that said what I wanted. I am attaching the document to this email. We got 3 buck slips per page and then just cut and inserted into the annual billing mailing.
The response from the members was very good in comparison to previous years. We raised almost $ 7,000. just though the dues mailing. I had seen a similar thing at a MA lodge and they told me of their success. I thought it was worth a try and also made the donation process easier for the members. I believe the annual dues mailing is the best opportunity to attract donors and this idea would be great for lodges that do not take advantage of their annual mailing.
As times get financially harder for lodges, it becomes more important that lodges share their ideas and maybe start doing more joint events to support the charitable goals of the Elks.
Connecticut Lodges receive a 2015 ENF Impact Grant
Three Connecticut Lodges were announced to receive a 2015 Impact Grant from the Elks National Foundation.
Bridgeport, Conn., Lodge No. 36 will continue to support veterans at a transitional home through the Serving Those Who Served project. Elks cook monthly meals for the vets, with plenty of leftovers to last through the week. Elks also partner with a local bank to provide financial education and provide veterans transitioning into homes with care packages and home supplies.
Naugatuck, Conn., Lodge No. 967 will continue to help seniors in need with the Senior Home Work project. Every Saturday the Elks are out and about town, repairing homes for seniors to help them stay independent. Elks have also forged a partnership with a local high school class for students with disabilities, and one morning each week students lend a hand while the Elks teach them about repair skills and service.
Westbrook, Conn., Lodge No. 1784 will continue to help youth learn about American history through the Sharing our Stories project. Elks help work with 5th grade students to teach them the art of interviewing, writing and telling stories by pairing students with Elk veterans. Each student interviews the veteran and prepares a story to present at the project’s final Celebration, which merges history, scholarship and fun.
Congratulation to all three Lodges for the IMPACT they provide within their community. The Elks National Foundation helps Lodges serve their communities in significant and ongoing ways by awarding Impact Grants of up to $10,000. Any Lodge can apply for these competitive grants. To find out more about Impact Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit www.elks.org/enf/communityor contact your ENF District Chairperson or ENF State Chairman Jim Money.
PSP Bill Chinn- The Heart of Elkdom
By John P Simko PER - CEA State Public Relations Chairman
During the 2013 Connecticut Elks Association State Convention PSP Bill Chinn, PDD from Danbury Lodge #120 was awarded the Gold Circle of Giving award for his donations totaling over $20,000 to the Elks National Foundation. While giving the award plaque to PSP Bill, ENF State Chairman James Money, PDD thanked him for his years of service to Elkdom and his generous donations over the years to ENF which as Mr. Money stated comes "from a man with one of the biggest hearts in the state".
ENF District Chairman Leads by Example
By Alex Coriaty PER - East District Website Committee Chairman
The photo is of DDGER George R. Strutt (right) and East District ENF Chairman Dave Rose, PER of Groton Lodge (left). DDGER Strutt is presenting Dave with the ENF Silver Circle of Giving Award for cumulative donations totaling $10,000 or more.
It has taken approximately 23 years to reach this level. Dave started out giving $10.00 a year when first asked to donate. After becoming Groton Lodge’s Chairman, and learning more about ENF and the great work it does, Dave upped his donations.
As East District Chair, Dave believes in leading by example and still continues to give because he truly believes in the ENF and their work.
Westbrook #1784 Couple Congratulated by GER Smith
"Beginning in 1928, with a donation of $100,000.00, the Elks National Foundation was formed. As we all know in Elks, this Foundation is known as the “Great Heart of Elkdom.” Our Foundation has enabled the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks to not only touch by its generosity our membership’s lives, but those of all the citizens in our communities. Last year, more than 15 million dollars was granted by the Foundation to fund programs throughout the Country. To continue this work, it is vital to look to those members who will once again maintain their support. We must also stress to those non-participating members the importance of this great program. You might be surprised to know that only one in ten members is a sustaining Member of the Foundation. It is critical that we encourage all of our members to become active donors to this important Foundation. Our goal for this fraternal year is $4.50 per member for the Elks National Foundation. Accomplishing this will allow the continuation and enhancement of our Grand Lodge programs."
Excerpt from the Acceptance Speech of Grand Exalted Ruler F. Louis Sulsberger
Lodge Chairman: Be sure to give a well planned "sales pitch" to your candidates during indoctrination! The ENF is the charitable arm of our Order which makes us great and allows us to do the great, philanthropic work we do and separates us from all other organizations!
Note, below is an overview of the Elks National Foundation as taken from the Order's National Website, please refer to: www.elks.org/enf for more information or contact the Grand Lodge.
ENF Fast Facts
1. What is the Elks National Foundation?
With a grant of $100,000, the Elks National Foundation was established in 1928 as the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America. Today we boast more than 183,000 active donors and an endowment fund valuing $390 million. The ENF has contributed $235.7million toward Elks' charitable projects nationwide. The Foundation is a public, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Tax Reform Act of 1959. Donations to the Elks National Foundation are deductible for federal income and estate tax purposes.
2. What is the mission of the Elks National Foundation?
The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow’s leaders, our youth, with a healthy beginning; honor the Elks’ pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.
3. How is the Foundation administered?
The Elks National Foundation is administered by a board of trustees composed of seven past national presidents of the BPO Elks of the USA, each serving a seven-year term. A director, who reports to the board, oversees day-to-day operations of the administrative offices in Chicago.
4. Who contributes to the Elks National Foundation?
Since inception, the Foundation has received almost $154 million in contributions and bequests from Elks, Lodges, state associations and other supporters of our philanthropic efforts. With a team of volunteers at the local, district and state levels, the Foundation raises more than $5 million each year.
5. How does the Endowment Fund work?
All unrestricted donations go into a permanent endowment fund, where each gift earns interest for lifetimes. Your gift will never be touched. Only the income earned by this fund can be used to support charitable programs. As the fund grows, the influence of your gift will grow with it, forever. Each year, the ENF Board of Trustees approves distributions from the fund for charitable projects. The current value of the fund is $390 million.
6. Who pays the Foundation's operating expenses?
The Foundation has an operating budget of $1,594,081. These expenses are borne by the Foundation.
7. How much will the Foundation disburse this year?
The Elks National Foundation will disburse more than $14.8 million during the 2005-2006 year
8. How will this money be used
State Elk Association Grants: The Foundation will distribute $3.13 million in State Charities Grants. These grants help fund each state’s major charitable project, as well as state “Hoop Shoot,” Soccer Shoot and Drug Awareness Programs. In addition, the states will receive more than $2.32 million in special charitable project grants that help fund scholarship programs or other projects that best extend a state’s philanthropic outreach, and a bonus grant of $1 million.
- Community Investments Program: The new Community Investments Program allows the ENF to invest directly in Lodge communities by funding projects that have a significant and lasting impact on areas where Elks live and work. The Foundation budgeted $350,000 to launch the first two components of this program: Gratitude Grants and Promise Grants.
- Scholarships: The Foundation reserved a total of $3.162 million for its five scholarship programs: The Most Valuable Student contest ($2.216 million); Emergency Educational Grants for children of deceased or totally incapacitated Elks ($350,000); ENF Legacy Awards ($500,000); National Eagle Scout Association Scholarships ($48,000); and Girl Scout Gold Award scholarships ($48,000).
- Drug Prevention: The Foundation granted $534,510 for the Elks Drug Awareness Program.
- Youth Athletics: The Foundation granted $645,480 to fund the Elks Hoop Shoot free throw contest. In addition, we granted $50,000 to the Youth Activities Committee to promote the Elks Soccer Shoot program at the grassroots level.
- Veterans Service: The ENF granted $749,450 to the Elks National Veterans Service Commission.
- Elks Veterans Memorial Maintenance: The Foundation granted $508,605 for building maintenance. In addition, a grant of $250,000 was approved for the Foundation’s Elks Veterans Memorial Maintenance Reserve Fund.
- Elks National Home: The Foundation granted $315,000 to the Elks National Home, a retirement facility for Elks located in Bedford, Virginia.
9. What are the Foundation's primary giving methods?
Annual Gift: You can make a donation to the ENF via check, Discover Card, Visa or MasterCard.
Pledge: You can also contribute to the Foundation through a pledge. You choose to receive a pledge reminder annually, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly.
Online Gift: Support the ENF at any time of day from the convenience of your own home. To make your gift, go to www.elks.org/donate.
Recurring Gift: Sign up for a recurring gift and allow us to debit your bank account or bill your credit card each month for a set donation amount. Contact us at 773/755-4728 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Corporate Gift: You can double the impact of your gift through matching gifts, or sign up for payroll deductions through your employer. Many employers will match gifts given to charitable organizations by employees and their spouses, even if they’re retired.
Tribute: You can contribute to the Foundation in memory of or in honor of friends and loved ones, online or through the mail.
Planned Gift: Show your ultimate commitment through a planned gift, such as a bequest, gift of appreciated stock or life insurance. More information about planned giving is available online at www.elks.org/enf/plannedgiving.
10. How can I get more information?
Contact the Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614-2256; phone: 773/755-4728, fax: 773/755-4729, e-mail: email@example.com.