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Masonic Charity is not just for Masons

You may be surprised to know that for nearly 300 years Freemasons have supported not only Masonic charities but also non-Masonic ones serving England and Wales. Freemasons also provide help and emergency relief world-wide.

There are four national Masonic Charities:

The Freemasons' Grand Charity

Since being established in 1980, the Freemasons' Grand Charity has helped hundreds of charities with grants exceeding £100 million.

In 2011 alone Grand Charity donated over £2.6 million to a huge number of charities in areas of research and support including medical research, supporting vulnerable people, youth opportunities, Air Ambulance services, hospices and disaster relief.

On behalf of the Grand Charity, Provincial Lodges in England and Wales, in 2011, distributed nearly £18 million.

And it's not just 'at home' that the Freemasons' Grand Charity makes itself useful. Since 1981 over £2 million has been awarded, at the discretion of the President of the Grand Charity, to help the victims of disasters worldwide. (You can download a full list of relief grants here or visit the FGC website at

The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys

This charity, again funded by Freemasons and their families, was set up over 220 years ago, and has continued to modernise to stay relevant in a changing world with the Mission Statement "To relieve poverty and advance the education of children of a Masonic family and, when funds permit, support other children in need."

The support that children and young people receive enables them to overcome the effects of poverty and complete their education and training needs. (For further explanations go to

The Masonic Samaritan Fund

This charity was established in 1990 to offer relief of suffering and sickness to Freemasons, their families and the widows and families of deceased Freemasons.

Since then a total of over £30 million has been disbursed to support treatment of over 7,000 individuals ranging in age from 6 months to 104 years! (Detailed information on this fund is available at their website

The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. RMBI operate 17 residential care homes throughout England and Wales offering high quality care. Many of the Homes are registered for both residential and nursing care and a number offer specialist dementia care. (More details can be found at

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