The Fund for Children was established so members of the Order had a national instrument to complement their local charitable and community service efforts. The national charity provides a unified focus and objective for the members and is a great source of pride among our Lodges
How do we help children?
Royal Purple Fund for Children provides Financial Assistance for medical needs of children with hearing and speech disorders under the age of 19.
In complement to Financial Assistance, the charity provides funding for programs that address the needs of children with hearing and speech disorders.
The national charity enables an Elks Lodge to respond at any time to a child in their community with medical needs even if they do not have charitable funds in their own account. In this way, the national charity becomes a local charity. By accessing the Fund when necessary, Lodges can build their profile in the community as a caring organization and one worth joining. By donating to the Fund when they are able, Elks Lodges contribute to an insurance policy of sorts for all Lodges to access in times of need.
National Charities Committee
The National Charities Committee is responsible for the overall operation and condition of the National Charity -- The Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children. In partner with the Grand Lodge they direct the Fund and its programs while promoting the Elks and its national presence.
Recognition and awards
The Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children provided funding for seven international conferences resulting in world-wide recommendations for the identification, diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss.
The Fund for Children introduced hearing testing services to rural areas by administering mobile van programs in co-operation with the governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.
In 2016 the Elks of Canada were once again awarded the CASLPA (Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists) Consumer Advocacy Award for the second time.
In 2014, the Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children was awarded SAC's Presidential Citation for outstanding service to Speech-Language & Audiology Canada and significant contributions to the advancement of communication health.