For Freemasons, for families, for everyone. We are not a benevolent society. Kindness has always been a core principle of Freemasonry. Individuals give time and money to help others, whether locally, nationally or globally. It may be realising a dream for a member’s child, caring for older Freemasons, volunteering on a local community project, making donations to other charities or responding to local and international disaster appeal. Today we are one of the UK’s top charities raising over “R25,106,900" a year and one of its main grant-giving bodies. See below the details of our charities.
Please take a moment to appreciate the history of Freemasonry. Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and for society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are donated to national and local charities. Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province or District also donates large sums of money to regional causes. Nationally, our efforts are channeled through many charity organisations: