Freemasonry & Charity
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. Charity is an integral and extreamly important to Freemasonry.
Stivichall Lodge along side with other Masonic Lodges and Orders help raise money for both Masonic and Non-Masonic Charities alike. Stivichall Lodge is a Patron to the Masonic Samaritan Fund and the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.
The Freemasons Grand Charity
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is dedicated to helping people in need, and has donated over £100 million since 1980. Each year, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity provides relief grants for hundreds of individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty, as well as donating millions of pounds to nationwide charitable projects and services.
The grants fall into three main categories:
- Masonic Relief Grants: financial assistance for Freemasons and their families who are experiencing hardship.
- Grants to Charities: Support for the important work of national charities of all sizes, in medical research; support for vulnerable people; youth opportunities; hospice services; air ambulance services and disaster relief worldwide.
- Other Masonic charities: When justifiable needs arise, the Grand Charity will support the work of the other Masonic charities.
They also operate the Grand Charity’s Relief Chest Scheme, which helps Lodges and other recognised Masonic orders give to charity easily and tax effectively. All of the money distributed is raised by Freemasons and their families, mainly through fundraising ‘Festivals’ held each year.
For more information please visit www.grandcharity.org
Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys is a charity funded by Freemasons which aims to relieve poverty and advance education for children and young people. In addition to their main grant-making work, the Trust also supports young people with exceptional talents and those who need financial assistance in order to embrace life-changing opportunities. The Trust awards grants to both national and local children’s charities and provide support to their separate but subsidiary charity Lifelites.
For more information please visit www.rmtgb.org
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
The RMBI has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. 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.
Limited sheltered accommodation is offered for those people who prefer to live more independently, but with support nearby in an emergency.
The RMBI has a team of Care Advice Visitors, who know a great deal about health and welfare rights and benefits. They can also give advice on all aspects of the services offered by the RMBI and the other Masonic charities, and by statutory and voluntary agencies.
The RMBI can also offer short-stay breaks, including respite care. These are helpful for both those living alone, and for families that need a little respite from the demands of caring for an older relative.
At the RMBI, we believe in treating everyone as an individual. Every potential resident is assessed to find out what type of care package would best meet their needs. A tailor-made care plan is put together, which is reviewed on a regular basis. Residents who choose an RMBI Home have the security of knowing that they have a home for life regardless of any change in their financial circumstances, as long as we can cater for their particular care needs.
For more information please visit www.rmbi.org.uk
Masonic Samaritain Fund
The MSF welcomes applications from anyone who at any time has been initiated into, or joined, a Lodge under the constitution of the United Grand Lodge of England. There are no age limits and no qualifying periods of membership. There is no requirement to still be active within the Craft. In the same way applications are welcome on behalf of the wife, partner, widow or surviving partner of a Freemason who meets the above criteria.
The MSF regards anyone who is physically or financially dependent on a Freemason, or his estate, to be eligible to apply as the dependant of a Freemason. In the case of children in full-time education and living with their parents this is straightforward however dependency is not limited to the immediate younger generation. Further evidence may be required to confirm dependency but it may equally apply to the parent of a Freemason who lives with him or the grandchild who receives significant, regular and verifiable support from their Masonic grandfather.
In each of the last five years nearly 50% of the grants made by the MSF have been in support of the wives, widows and dependants of Freemasons.
For more information please visit www.msfund.org.uk