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A generous charitable foundation that gives millions in scholarships, inspires youth to reach their potential, and a friend to veterans. We are also a network of 2000 lodges in communities all over the country with nearly a million members and a 150 year history of supporting our local communities, the veterans and our youth.

Our Mission

To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.


The Elks was founded in New York City on Feb. 16, 1868 under the name "Jolly Corks" by 15 actors, entertainers and others associated with the theater. It later expanded to other professions. Our purpose is to promote and practice the cardinal principals of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity. 

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