The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) often known as the Elks Lodge or simply The Elks is an American fraternal order founded in 1868 originally as a social club in New York City. Today the Elks are are one of the leading fraternal orders in the United States and is headquartered at Elks National Veterans Memorial in Chicago, Illinois.
Elks Lodges are places where friends and neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet needs, and by honoring the service and sacrifices of our veterans and first responders.
Elks are community – no matter where you go in the country, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. Elks provide charitable services that help build stronger communities.
- a fraternal order with nearly 1 million members with a 150 year history
- a network of more than 2000 lodges across the country
- a generous charitable foundation that each year gives millions in scholarships, and inspiration to youth, a friend to veterans, first responders and more