Masonic Charities
Charity is one of the priorities of Freemasonry and its members are encouraged to give what they can reasonably afford - but no more! Masons do not raise money from the general public, contributions are raised from the members themselves and are given for the benefit of those less fortunate, both masons and non-masons and their families.

Masonic giving takes place on three levels:

  • Lodges support their local charities such as hospices,
  • Provinces support larger charities in the area,
  • Grand Lodge supports national charities.

Grand Lodge charity is administered by four bodies:

 1. The Grand Charity

The Grand Charity was set up to respond quickly to urgent needs such as natural disasters. It helps individuals and many charities. Recently the Grand Charity donated £2.1m to Masonic causes and £2.9m to non-Masonic causes within one year. Additionally the Grand Charity supports Masons, their widows and other dependants who have fallen on hard times.

 2. The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

The Masonic Order maintains 19 Old Peoples Homes, which look after some 2,000 old people. Prince George Duke of Kent Court at Chislehurst is the nearest. Some of the homes are specially equipped to care for those with mental or physical illnesses and are tailored to meet people’s needs.

 3. The Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys

The educational needs of over 1500 orphaned children or grandchildren of Freemasons are looked after by the Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. The trust has recently launched a major new initiative to provide educational equipment - especially computers - to the specialist hospices for children in England and Wales. It also supplies grants for students.

4. The New Samaritan Fund

 The New Samaritan Fund supports the needy, sick and infirm Freemasons and their families, particularly where they cannot obtain treatment from the National Health Service without undue delay or hardship.