Freemasonry is second only to the National Lottery in the amount of its charitable donations.
Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of children, those who are ill and the care of older people, from its earliest days. This work continues today amongst its own members and their dependents, as well as the wider community. More than 50% of the funds raised by Masons for charity are given to non-Masonic national and local charities in support of their work for the benefit of non-masons, local communities and society in general. This includes long term funding for medical research posts such as prostate cancer.
There are four national Masonic Charities:
- The Freemasons’ Grand Charity
- The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
- The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
- The Masonic Samaritan Fund
All of the funds disbursed by these national Masonic charities are raised directly by local Lodge members and their families. All charity contributions are at the sole discretion of individual members. No contributions are collected from the public. Each of the national Masonic charities has its own charitable objects for specific purposes.
In addition Lodges donate individually to many local and national charities.