Led by our Elks National Veterans Service Commission, the Order has long enjoyed a rewarding relationship with our Nation’s Veterans. Since 1946, our promise to all our Veterans and their families has been and continues to be “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” We have faithfully kept this promise and continue to do so.

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The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Our young people are subjected to many influences, some of which are negative and unwholesome. An important contribution to communities is to provide positive experiences for our youth.

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Elks are proud Americans who have always been proud to display and honor the Flag of our Country.

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Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the USA (BPOE)

With more than one million members in more than 2,100 local lodges nationwide, the Elks are one of the largest and most active fraternal organizations in the world!

Our core principles are Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity. We accomplish these principles by build strong Communities and supporting Veterans, Youth, and Americanism.

We invite you to find out what it means to be an Elk. Explore this site to find out who we are, what we do and how you can join America’s most revered fraternal organization.

Fast Facts of Elkdom

  • Tens of Millions of America’s finest Citizens and leaders have been Proud Members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and more continue to join our ranks every day.
  • There are over 2,100 Elks Lodges in the United States today.
  • Our Benevolent Organization was founded on the principles of Charity, Fidelity, Justice and Brotherly Love, on February 16, 1868.
  • In October, 1918, after WWI, Elks built a 700-bed Reconstruction Hospital on Parker Hillin Boston and gave it to the federal government. This hospital was the forerunner of the VA Medical Centers that exist today.
  • The Elks National Home, lovingly referred to as the "Crown Jewel of Elkdom," was founded in 1903, and this "Elks-only" retirement village stretches across the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bedford, Virginia.
  • Elks Hoop Shoot® Free-Throw Program provides friendly sports competition for over 3 million boys and girls every year, and was adopted by the Elks in 1970.
  • Elks gave over $17 million to deserving programs and Scholarship Students just this past year, more than any other organization in the world.
  • Elks National Foundation received more than $6 Million in charitable contributions and bequests this past year alone.
  • The Elks Veterans Memorial Building is both a reverent monument and an architectural landmark in Chicago. It was dedicated on July 14, 1926, to the memory of Elks and all the men and women who sacrificed their lives in WWI. It was rededicated on September 8, 1946, to the members of our Armed Forces who perished in WWII. It was also rededicated on July 4, 1976, during America’s Bicentennial celebration, to honor those who died for our freedom in Korea and Vietnam. As "the Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance," within the hallowed walls of this majestic edifice, the Elks will continue to honor America’s Heroes who have given their lives in its defense.

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.

Like all Elks, the Foundation values the belief that charity is the greatest of all virtues and that by sharing and giving we have the power to replace sorrow and despair with hope and confidence. Donations to the Foundation help us fund programs that match our cornerstone values of knowledge, integrity and community.

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