Support for Charities
Freemasonry doesn't undertake any external fundraising – all money donated comes from our own efforts and since 1981 we have donated £57 million to national charities. Causes supported include medical research, support for vulnerable people and youth opportunities. We also provide funding for hospice services, air ambulance charities, and world-wide disaster relief funds. The organisations supported by the Grand Charity are chosen because they aim to make a significant difference to people in need, provide maximum impact by benefitting as many people as possible and support issues that individual Freemasons and their families are concerned about and will be glad to help.
In addition, there are three specific charities set up to assist Freemasons and their families:
The Royal Masonic Benvolent Institution: has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependents for more than 160 years and currently operates 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 our Homes can offer places to people with dementia, following as assessment of their needs.
The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys: aims to relieve poverty and advance the education of children of a Masonic family and, when funds permit, support other children if in need.
The Samaritan Fund: provides grants to eligible beneficiaries who have an identified health or care need and, faced with a long wait for treatment, care or support, are unable to afford their own private care.