Alberta Elks Foundation Projects
Probably the most visible aspect of our activity is the community service undertaken by our Lodges. The Alberta Elks Foundation was formed in 1971 as the charitable body to assist member lodges in their services to Alberta communities and supporting children in need.
We regularly assist sick, needy and underpriviledged children; sponsor youth sports and youth service organizations; we equip playgrounds, parks and community centres. We aid senior citizens, provide equipment for hospitals, and furnish hospital wards.
We have undertaken a wide variety of projects designed to meet the many needs of our communities and continue to explore new avenues for reaching out to others.
The Alberta Elks Foundation made a significant commitment to the work of the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR) by becoming the founding donor in 1986. Since then, the Elks and Royal Purple have donated over $1.8 million in support of ISTAR's work with children who struggle with stuttering.
In order to ensure the continuation of ISTAR's important work, the Alberta Elks Foundation has embarked on a major campaign to build a $1.5 million ISTAR Fund for the Future. This campaign will create a legacy, providing a permanent endowment to support ISTAR's clinical program and offices. Complimenting our support of ISTAR we are developing a scholarship fund to assist students in the field of speech pathology. It will be known as the Dr. Einer Boberg/Alberta Elks Foundation Scholarship.
With no known cause, stuttering is a serious speech disorder that remains a medical mystery, affecting one in one hundred people, stuttering can have debilitating effects on the social, emotional and educational development of children, teens and adults.
Stuttering hurts, but ISTAR can help! With the Alberta Elks Foundation as the founding donors, ISTAR was established in 1986 as one of just a few centres in the world that is solely devoted to the treatment, research and education in the area of stuttering.
To watch a Video clip of ISTAR's achievements highlighting clients speech before and after treatment, please click here.