This privacy policy sets out how the Masonic Charitable Foundation uses and protects any personal information that you may provide.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website; you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy policy.

This policy is effective from 1 March 2016.

By using this website, you consent to the collection and use of your information under the terms of this policy as in force at the time of use.

  1. What information we collect from you

We may collect the following information:

  • name
  • contact information, including your e-mail address
  • financial details
  • other information relevant to your enquiry or necessary to provide the service you have requested.
  1. What we do with the information we gather

We require this information for the following reasons:

  • to process your enquiry
  • to provide the service requested
  • to process and administer your donations
  • to report on your donation to the Relief Chest representative and/or the relevant Provincial/Metropolitan Grand Lodge
  • to manage honorifics
  • to comply with statutory requirements
  • to improve the service we provide

This may involve sharing your information with the relevant Relief Chest representative and / or Provinces in order to provide reports on Festivals, Appeals and to manage honorifics.

  1. Applications for a grant to an individual

If an individual asks us to consider a request for assistance then the personal information they provide will be gathered processed and protected in accordance with the policy set out in our applicant grant award Fair Collection Statement.

For full details, please see ‘B. Fair Collection Statement’ below.

  1. How we will share your information

In order to deliver the service you have requested or to process your enquiry, the Masonic Charitable Foundation may transfer some of all of your information to a third party processor.

If you have requested updates on the work of the Masonic Charitable Foundation then your information may be shared with our e-newsletter service provider based in the USA in order to deliver the information.

If you make a payment to a Relief Chest, then your information may be shared with financial service providers in order to process your payment. Some or all of your information may also be shared with the relevant Relief Chest representative and / or the Provincial or Metropolitan Grand Lodge in order to provide reports on Festivals, Appeals and to manage honorifics.

Arrangements are made to ensure that any such information is treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

  1. Protection of your personal information

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

  1. Controlling your personal information

We will not sell, distribute or release your personal information to third parties, other than those stated above, unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.

You may request details of personal information that we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. If you would like a copy of the personal information you have provided to us please write to: Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or e-mail us at info@mcf.org.uk as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

  1. Use of cookies

There are two types of cookies used on this website:

  • Google Analytics tracking cookies used to gather anonymous, aggregate information about traffic to our site
  • Session cookies used to remember visitor state whilst they are using the site

The Charity does not use third-party retargeting cookies that are used for advertising.

‘Cookies’ are small pieces of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information from the browser. For more information, please visit: www.cookiecentral.com.

  1. Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our website, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information that you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

  1. Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes to our privacy policy in the future will be posted to the website.

  1. Contact us

All comments, queries and requests relating to our use of your information are welcomed, and should be addressed to:

Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ

Telephone: 020 3146 3333

Email: info@mcf.org.uk

This website is owned and operated by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, of 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ. Registered Charity number 1164703. A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales number 09751836.

For further information about data protection and how it affects you and your personal information please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website at: www.ico.gov.uk