helping those who are in need or distress

Freemasonry and Charity

Our Charitable Work

The three Great Principles by which we stand are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.

Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also gives large sums of money to regional causes.

Nationally, our efforts are channelled through four main charity organisations. They are:

The Freemason’s Grand Charity

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is a grant-making charity, which is funded by Freemasons and their families.

Last year it gave grants totalling nearly £7 million to support people in need and fund the work of charities helping the wider community.

For more information on The Freemason’s Grand Charity and their work, please visit their website

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The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys

Since the late 18th Century, the Royal Masonic Institution for Girls and the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys have helped relieve poverty and advance the education of the children of deceased and distressed Freemasons.

The Trust when formed in 1986 had 749 beneficiaries on its books. The numbers have risen and in 2005 the Trust supported over 2,000 girls and boys at school, colleges and universities.

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The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

The RMBI has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. They operate 17 residential care homes across England and Wales offering high quality care.

Many of their homes are registered for both residential and nursing care and a number offer specialist dementia care.

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The Masonic Samaritan Fund

The Masonic Samaritan Fund is a grant making charity that supports Freemasons and their dependants who have an identified medical need and, faced with a long wait for treatment, are unable to afford their own private care.

Support is available for a wide range of medical needs and to all ages.

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Locally, our efforts are channelled through our Provincial main charity organisations. They are:

West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd

For over 146 years the Province of Yorkshire West Riding charitable activity is directed under a Charitable Trust called West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd. It continues to give invaluable service and support to members and communities who fall within its remit.

In order to maintain a ‘Charitable’ status it has a separate and independent Constitution to that of the Province and is governed by a majority of members who are not ‘Rulers’ in the Craft. This important distinction has to be maintained at all times, not only to demonstrate that charitable funds are only used for charitable purposes i.e. charitable relief and charitable activity administration, but equally to demonstrate that the trustees do not compromise their position through their wider involvement and senior rank in Freemasonry.

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The Provincial Grand Master’s Fund

The Provincial Grand Master’s Fund aims to help, not individual’s direct, but local organisations, such as youth activities, disability interest groups, community facilities etc.

The money provided is not for running the organisation, but for capital purchases and projects– a new football strip, a computer or projector for giving talks and conversion of property to make access improvements etc. Again all applications require the support of a local Lodges and full details of the project and costings, and how the organisation itself is working to raise funds.

Each year some £100,000 is given enabling local community activities to thrive and develop.

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