Community Investiment - Hartley Hermensen - Chair

John F. Malley founded the Elks National Foundation in 1928, he envisioned that it would “unite the forces of the Order into a mighty army for the service of mankind."

The Community Investments Program is that army.

Since the Community Investments Program began in 2005, we’ve funded more than 27,000 grants to help Lodges build stronger communities. Elks use grants to combat food insecurity, support people experiencing homelessness, serve veterans and military members in need, and to promote youth community service.

When the program began in 2005 with a budget of $350,000, we never imagined that budget would nearly quadruple in just over a decade. This year, the ENF will invest $14.6 million in the Community Investments Program to help Elks build stronger communities. If the past 14 years are any indication, this is only the beginning of our combined impact.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
(Cell: (916) 803-2272) or (email

Hartley Hermansen, PDD
NCD Community Investment Chairman