The F.O.E. Charity Foundation was organized to combine the many health care related funds, children’s charity funds and undesignated donations received by the Eagles each year in order to streamline administrative expenses and make giving easier. Aeries/Auxiliaries wishing to contribute to multiple charities may do so via one check to help make giving easier.
Art Ehrmann Cancer Fund
Founded in 1959, the Eagles’ Cancer Fund has spent more than a half-century funding various cancer research and patient care programs. Ehrmann served as the fund’s first International Director and spent 25 years as the editor of Eagle Magazine. After his death due to cancer, the organization honored his hardwork and dedication to the Eagles by renaming the fund in his honor.
Jimmy Durante Children’s Fund /Child Abuse/Children’s Aids
For his countless years of service to The Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Eagles’ Children’s Fund was named in honor of legendary entertainer Jimmy Durante in 1966.
The man who did it all “For Da Kids” was a staple at F.O.E. gatherings and performed at 14 consecutive International Conventions free-of-charge until his death in 1980.
Robert Hansen Diabetes Fund
In 1978, the Robert W. Hansen Diabetes Fund was added under the umbrella of the Heart Fund after studies further showed the correlation between diabetes and heart-related illnesses. Diabetes soon grew into an American epidemic, leading to the fund becoming a stand-alone part of our Foundation.
Judge Hansen, the fund’s namesake, was a two-time Grand Worthy President of the Eagles and was know for his career as a Justice of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.
Disaster Relief Fund
The Disaster Relief Fund began as the special project of Past Grand Worthy President John Potter during his term as a first response program for national disaster situations.
Trailers owned and operated by individual Aeries across the jurisdiction are equipped with basic emergency needs — water, first aid supplies, food, etc. – and dispatched to areas in need to assist in disaster recovery.
Golden Age Eagle and Parkinson’s Fund
Established during the 1971 International Convention, the Golden Eagle Fund was created to provide assistance for programs designed to improve the lives of senior citizens.
Building on the organization’s dedication to making Aeries a safe and welcoming home for senior citizens, the Eagles set out to establish a fund specifically for providing grants that further the care of our elderly.
Max Baer Heart Fund
Since 1959, the Max Baer Heart Fund has donated millions of dollars to universities, medical centers and hospitals across the U.S. and Canada for research and education.
When Baer died due to a heart attack in 1959, the Eagles created a Heart Fund as a tribute to his memory, dedicated to funding research and educating citizens about proper prevention methods.
D.D. Dunlap Kidney Fund
The D.D. Dunlap Kidney Fund was established at the 1978 Convention to provide grants to universities, hospitals and institutions involved in kidney-related projects.
Dunlap, a Past Grand Worthy President, fought through dialysis treatments to overcome a serious kidney ailment and was chosen to be the namesake for the Fund by his peers in honor of his fight.
M. “Blackie” Floyd Alzheimer’s Fund
The Eagles’ history of raising funds for Alzheimer’s-related projects began in 1985 when the use of Golden Eagle funds to help find a cure was approved. Due to the increased demand in grants for Alzheimer’s research, a separate fund was created in the name of Maynard “Blackie” Floyd, a Past Grand Worthy President of the F.O.E., who served many years as an International Charity Director.
Lew Reed Spinal Cord Injury Fund
The Lew Reed Spinal Cord Injury Fund was created in 2001 to provide grants to groups aiding citizens crippled by spinal cord injuries.
Reed, a Past Grand Worthy President of the F.O.E., was a longtime charity fund director and served as a full-time employee of the Grand Aerie following his year as President in 1975 until his retirement in 1998.