Elks Charitable Trust Fund

What is the Elks Charitable Trust Fund? The 804 ELKS CHARITABLE TRUST was established in 1979 with the following purpose: “The Trust is created and shall be operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the United States and operated within the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.” All contributions are invested and the earnings are used for these purposes only. All expenses and administration of the Trust are borne by the Fort Collins Elks Lodge. All contributions continue to work year after year, primarily to support local and charitable and educational programs.

What Kinds of Programs are Supported? Scholarships: A $700 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduation student from each of the Fort Collins High Schools. Each scholarship is renewable for a second year if the student continues his education and shows satisfactory achievement. In addition, two $500 vocational study scholarships are awarded annually. The Trust administers the A.A. Allen restricted scholarship. U.S. Savings and bonds are awarded to assist graduation students who demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities.

Youth Activities: Financial support is provided for local Youth Programs such as: Youth Baseball, Head Start, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Campfire, Handicapped Youth outings, Drug Awareness and many more.

Community Support: Grants are made to such local community programs such as Hospice, Home Helps, Larimer County Rescue Service, United Way, Larimer County Social Services, etc. as needs arise. Assistance may be provided victims who have suffered loss from fire or flood.

Medical Assistance: The Trust helps provide needed medical, eye and dental care for those unable to pay for such care but are not eligible for public assistance. Dentures and tooth repair, eyeglasses, crutches, special wheel chairs, etc. have been paid for those in need. Grants may be made to special emergency funds established to aid individuals who face unusually high expenses associated with costly surgical or medical care and hospitalization, beyond the financial ability of the family.

Veterans Service: The Elks have pledged that “so long as a Veteran is hospitalized, he or she may no be forgotten.” The Trust helps to provide materials for hobbies, recreation, entertainment, and vocational training for soldiers in Veterans Hospitals.

Americanism: The flag of the United States of America has been presented to local government and public schools. Savings Bonds are awarded to winners of elementary essay contests on “What America Means to Me.”