One of the most important foundations on which Freemasonry is built is Charity……
Each lodge appoints a Charity Steward, who brings to the attention of members, suitable charitable causes, and appeals to which its’ members may give support. Fundraising for both Masonic and Non-Masonic charitable causes are a feature of every lodge, and donations are regularly made to support Local, National and International calls for charitable support.
Charity Stewards raise and collect money from members of the lodge, and disburse them as and when required. Often members of the lodge will give of their time and efforts to support charitable activities too.
Each member of the lodge is encouraged to support charity, within his means, by making regular donations at meetings, and often enlist the help of wives and partners in their endeavours at social functions and events.
There are many instances of donations being made to local, national and international causes. Whilst these are often made without publicity, two important organisations which frequently benefit from Masonic charitable support, are the Air Ambulances and Hospice movement, particularly Acorns Children’s Hospice, and Adult establishments throughout our Province.
Sacks of Teddy Bears are delivered to Hospitals and Children’s Wards throughout the Country, which are donated to young patients, bringing special comfort to youngsters at a particularly frightening and upsetting time.
The Warwick Sea Scout Appeal, for help to construct new premises in St Nicholas Park, Warwick, was met with a tremendous effort by lodges meeting in Warwick, supported by Warwickshire Provincial Grand Lodge, and the Masonic Charitable Foundation, to a value of £10,000.00.
Freemasons are also encouraged to provide support to the needs of fellow masons and their dependents, and grants to alleviate financial hardship, health issue, family needs with education, scholarships, supporting exceptional talent in sport, music, or the performing arts.
Warwickshire Provincial Grand Lodge Charity Office makes large annual grants to charities throughout Warwickshire, Birmingham and Coventry, and in 2019 donations were made to 138 Charities totalling £148.500.00.
The Freemasons frequently make substantial donations to National causes, such as the Manchester Bombing incident, and areas subjected to serious flooding.
On an International basis, significant funds are forwarded to organisations such as that made by The Masonic Charitable Foundation, when it made a grant of £100,000 to children’s charity Plan International UK to support its East African Food crisis appeal.