What is the Fraternal Order of Eagles

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