Whilst individual Lodges make substantial charitable donations to both local and national charities, the bulk of Masonic charitable donations are made by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity.
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is funded by Freemasons and their families and is continuing a commitment to charitable support that began nearly 300 years ago in the earliest days of organised Freemasonry. Today it makes donations to good causes such as Medical Research, Vulnerable People, Youth Opportunities, Hospices, Air Ambulance and Disaster Relief, as well as Masonic Charities. It also makes grants to Freemasons and their dependants who are experiencing financial hardship or need.
Since 1980 over £100 million has been donated to people in need. Nationwide in 2012, £5.1 million was approved in financial grants to help individuals in need, assisting over 2,000 people. Over 100 charities received a share of £1.7 million, 239 hospices received a total of £600,000 and 22 air rescue charities received a share of £192,000 - meaning a grand total of £7,757,758 was donated in 2012.
Please visit the web site of the The Freemasons’ Grand Charity to find out all the latest news about their charitable donations.