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For Freemasons, for families, for everyone

Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.

Most of the support provided by the Masonic Charitable Foundation takes the form of financial grants to individuals and families to assist with daily living costs.  We can also award grants to provide specific items or services.

A range of health and care needs, including medical and dental treatments, counselling and mobility aids or home adaptations are supported, with funding also available for respite, residential, nursing and dementia care.

Our professional Advice and Support team offers confidential and practical guidance about the support available from the Masonic Charitable Foundation and many other organisations.

In addition to the support we provide to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people.

We also help to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contribute to worldwide appeals for disaster relief.  In total, our support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.

The Foundation brings together the work of four national Charities which had been operating separately under various names since the early 18th Century.

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Our History

The Foundation brings together the work of four national Charities which had been operating separately under various names since the early 18th Century.

These charities are The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, the Masonic Samaritan Fund and the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.

During their time of operation, the four charities each provided a specific type of support to meet various charitable aims in support of Freemasons and their families.

Although much of the support provided took the form of financial grants, the charities also operated a number of institutions: the Royal Masonic School for Boys, the Royal Masonic School for Girls, the Royal Masonic Hospital and 17 residential care homes operated by the RMBI Care Company.

Freemasonry and Charity

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal organisations and comprises a society of men concerned with  moral and spiritual values. For many years Freemasons have followed three guiding principles, which they believe represent a way to achieve higher standards in life:

  • Brotherly Love: The qualities of kindness, understanding, tolerance and respect for the opinions of others
  • Relief: Charitable giving and activities to assist the welfare of Freemasons and the community as a whole
  • Truth: Aiming for a high moral standard

The Masonic principle of relief was reflected in the establishment of a Committee of Charity by the United Grand Lodge of England in the early 18th Century.

The Committee helped to relieve the suffering of Freemasons and the dependants of deceased Freemasons with grants of up to five Guineas each.  Freemasons also gave generously to many community-based charities as they still do today.

During the years that followed, other charities including schools, a hospital and an ‘Asylum for Aged and Decayed Freemason’ were established.

The legacy of these charities and the principle of Relief underpins the work of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.