WFLA Education and Charitable Foundation
What is the Education and Charitable Foundation?
The western fraternal life association Education and Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It was formed to allow individuals to make tax-deductible donations to provide financial support toward the continued education of wfla members and to support charitable purposes within the meaning of the I.R.C. 501(c)(3).
Management of the Foundation
Because it is a separate corporation registered with the Internal Revenue Service, it is managed by a board of trustees, separate from the wfla board of directors. Trustees must be members in good standing of western fraternal life association.
Why should you donate?
By making a donation, you will help members for years to come because only the interest earned from all the contributions will be used to fund scholarships. Higher education costs are continually increasing and many youth cannot afford to follow their dreams. As the scholarship fund grows, more scholarships will be available to wfla members.
How can you make a donation?
Contributions can be made in the form of cash, as the named beneficiary on a life insurance or annuity certificate or from the transfer of assets, i.e.…stocks, bonds, real estate or mutual funds. Click here to download the form. (Please consult your tax advisor for these types of transfers.)
Can you make a donation in memory of a relative?
Yes, donations can be given in the memory of deceased members, or to honor birthdays and anniversaries. Their name and your name, if you choose, will be included in the society magazine, the Fraternal Herald.
Can a lodge make a donation?
Yes, lodges can contribute by holding a fundraiser or donating a portion of their quarterly grant or cash.
Who can receive a foundation scholarship?
The regulations and application follows the same guidelines as the wfla National Scholarship:
- The applicant must be a wfla member in good standing for two years prior to the application deadline.
- Individuals may apply each year for the scholarships.
- Applicants must be accepted by or enrolled in an accredited secondary school.
- Recipients of a wfla state and lodge scholarships will also be eligible for the Foundation's scholarship.
- Scholarships will be awarded on academic ability, community involvement, and financial need.
- The application must be received by March 1st.
- Termination of membership in wfla will automatically terminate the scholarship.
- Scholarships will be made directly to each student’s school for tuition and books.
If you have questions, who should you contact?
The official registration and financial information concerning the foundation can be obtained upon request in writing or by phone. The information is also available for inspection at the Home Office of wfla during normal business hours. You may contact Craig Van Dyke at the Home Office at 1-877-wflains or by e-mail.
wfla Education and Charitable Foundation
1900 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
1-877-wflains • (319) 363-2653