Giving Programs

Giving Programs

Charities and Programs

Every year the Order spends more than $80,000,000 for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefitting special needs children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans’ works, a national “Hoop Shoot” free-throw contest involving more than 3 million children, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.


Giving Programs

National Foundation

The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities by investing in communities where Elks live and work.
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Drug Awareness

We're proud to say that our Drug Awareness Program is the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States.
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Purple Pig Program

The Purple Pig Program helps kids in Hawai‘i by providing occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language therapy services.
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Other Giving Programs

With over 800 thousand members, the Elks have contributed more than $3.6 billion in donations for the nation’s youth, veterans, disadvantaged and handicapped, and to individuals and groups in support of patriotic and civic programs.
California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. (CHEMPI)
The California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc., a committee of the California-Hawaii Elks Association, pledges its commitment to addressing the unmet needs of children with disabilities throughout the states of California and Hawaii by developing a program of supporting services to aid these children at no cost to their families and without discrimination. The California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc., affectionately known as “CHEMPI“, is financed primarily through donations to “The Purple Pig”, the Major Project’s fund raising arm. CHEMPI has an operating budget in excess of three million dollars. Thanks to your continuing generosity we have been able to maintain the level of support necessary to meet our goals in supporting, assisting and encouraging those we have taken under our wing. Donations, yours and those of the many others that support this program and its concepts, have enabled us to continue supporting the many and varied projects that your Major Project has undertaken.
Veterans Service
The National Veterans Service Committee shall formulate and carry out programs of aid to disabled or needy veterans of the military service of the United States of America, and to formulate and carry out programs for aid and service to members of the military forces of the United States of America.
Youth Activities
The Youth Activities Committee shall formulate ways and means by which the State Association, its Lodges and members, can most effectively assist boys and girls in the United States of America to become patriotic, capable, and law-abiding citizens, and to supervise and carry out programs in furtherance of said objective
Most Valuable Student Competition
Applications for the Elks National Foundation’s 2008 Most Valuable Student contest will be available beginning September 1, 2007 at your local Elks Lodge, online or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Foundation. Applications for the 2008 contest have to be submitted to your local Elks Lodge by January 11, 2008.
Legacy Awards
One-year merit-based scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks who are members in good standing.
Emergency Educational Grants
The Emergency Educational Grant program provides financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education.
Vocational Grant
Any prospective student, resident within the jurisdiction of the California-Hawaii Elks Association (CHEA), who plans to pursue an eligible vocational/technical course, above and supplemental to high school or preparatory school level, may file an application. All applicants must be citizens of the United States of America on the date the application is filed.
Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities
Since 1981 the Elks have provided financial assistance to students with disabilities wishing to further their education. Utilized by dozens of qualified candidates, this program serves a dual purpose: 1) the students are aided in pursuing their goals in higher education; and 2) the students are aided in becoming part of the mainstream working community.
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