The Elks organization was founded in New York City on February 16, 1868 under the name "Jolly Corks" by 15 actors, entertainers and others associated with the theater. In ensuing years, membership expanded to other professions.




This Fraternal Order was founded "To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism and cultivate good fellowship."


The Order is a non-political, non-sectarian and strictly American fraternity. Proposal for membership in the Order is only by invitation of a member in good standing. To be accepted as a member, one must be an American citizen, believe in God, be of good moral character and be at least 21 years old.

What We Do

The Order spends more than $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefitting special needs children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans' works, a national "Hoop Shoot" free-throw contest involving more than 3 million children, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.

The youth of our country have always been important to the Order. It is for this reason the Elks Drug Awareness Education Program was launched to warn primary grade students and their parents of the dangers in drug use. Additionally, every lodge observes June 14th as Flag Day, a tradition which the Elks began in 1907 and was later adopted by the Congress as an official observance.



Would you like to work for an organization that's committed to eliminating veteran homelessness? That develops gritty kids? That helps students achieve their academic dreams? That equips volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities? Then come join the Elks' quiet network of good deeds.

Headquartered in Lincoln Park, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America is one of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations in the country, with nearly 800,000 men and women in 1,900 communities nationwide.

Company Paid Benefits Include: Medical (employee premiums very discounted), Life and AD&D at 1x base pay, Short-Term Disability (1st 4 weeks are covered at 100%), Long-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Plan, Vacation (10 days), Holidays (10 days), Sick Time (8 Days) 401(k) (with 3% Safe Harbor and 2% Company match). Vision, Dental and additional Life and AD&D are also available.

We are a small nonprofit office. The atmosphere is more like a family run business than a corporation. You are more than a number. Employees work a 37.5-hour work week in a casual environment. Our employees love the work-life balance aspect. Typical work day is from 8:30am-4:30pm M-F, but there is some flexibility in starting/ending times. Our office is very accessible by public transit (CTA Brown Line and various bus lines.) We also offer free onsite parking.

The Elks Campus is on the border of the Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods. It is within walking distance to various restaurants and local hot spots; there is something for everyone. We are located 3 blocks from the lake and the bike path and near many parks to picnic in, walk through and relax in.

Come work for the Elks and feel good about the difference you'll make.