Who We Are

Our Mission Statement

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.

The F.O.E. donates more than $10 million a year to local communities, fundraisers, charities and more. As part of its philosophy, the F.O.E. gives back 100 percent of monies raised in the form of grants. Fundraisers are conducted for eight major charities, including kidney, heart, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injury funds, a children's fund, memorial foundation and the Golden Eagle Fund.

Our History

The F.O.E. was founded in February, 1898 by six theatre owners gathered in a Seattle shipyard to discuss a musician's strike. After addressing the matter, they agreed to "bury the hatchet" and form "The Order of Good Things." As numbers grew, members selected the Bald Eagle as the official emblem and changed the name to "The Fraternal Order of Eagles." The women's auxiliary traces its roots to 1927. The Fraternal Order of Eagles includes nearly 800,000 members and more than 1,500 locations across the United States and Canada. Stop by one of our locations and see why we're known as People Helping People.

Major Accomplishments

  • Founded Mother's Day.
  • Created the $25 million Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa.
  • Served as driving force behind Social Security.
  • Helped end age-based job discrimination with the Jobs After 40 program.
  • Distributed Ten Commandments monoliths across the United States.

Noteworthy Members

Theodore R. Roosevelt, former U.S. president
Warren G. Harding, former U.S. president
Franklin D. Roosevelt, former U.S. president
Harry S. Truman, former U.S. president
John F. Kennedy, former U.S. president
Ronald Reagan, former U.S. president
Bob Hope, comedian, performer
Max Baer, boxer/heavyweight champion
Gordie Howe, Hockey Hall of Fame
William Allen Egan, Governor, Alaska
Tony Stewart, NASCAR driver
Sam Hornish, IRL and NASCAR driver
James Buescher, 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion
Billy Ray Cyrus, musical performer
Tony Orlando, musical performer
Lee Greenwood, musical performer
Louise Mandrell, musical performer
Neal McCoy, musical performer
Bess Truman, wife of former U.S. president
Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of former U.S. president
Virginia Graham, radio and TV personality
Susan Wagner, wife of New York Mayor Robert Wagner