Freemasons are taught to practise 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:
MASONIC CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
The Freemasons’ Charity – Founded entirely by Freemasons, we build better lives by encouraging oppertunity, promoting independence and improving wellbeing.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation is the national charity of Freemasonry under the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). UGLE is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and some Districts overseas.
ROYAL MASONIC TRUST FOR GIRLS AND BOYS
“To relieve poverty and advance the education of children of a Masonic family and, when funds permit, support other children in need.”
ROYAL MASONIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION
We operate 17 residential care homes across England and Wales offering high quality care. Many of our Homes are registered for both residential and nursing care and a number offer specialist dementia care. All of our Homes can offer places to people with dementia, following as assessment of their needs.
THE MASONIC FISHING CHARITY
It achieves this by running fishing events, both coarse and fly, at various fisheries and inviting participants from special needs schools and centres and people who have suffered trauma to come and join in.