Charity is at the Heart of Freemasonry
The Three Great Principles by which we stand are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, 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 given 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 also gives large sums of money to regional causes. Nationally, our efforts are channeled through the following main charity organizations.
Freemasonry is one of the largest contributors in the country, with over £42m allocated to deserving causes in 2019 alone and some 18.5 m hours of volunteer work in 2018.
Worcestershire Festival 2022.
Each Province is asked once in every 11 years to collect funds for the Masonic Charitable foundation. The Festival System in English Freemasonry has been developed to rotate specific fund raising evenly around the Provinces. There are 44 Provinces in the system. Formerly each Province supported all of the previous four Masonic charities.
A Festival Appeal is designed to last for 5 years or so, and we have the advantage of knowing in advance when our Festival will end and which charity we will be supporting, which enables us to plan in advance. It is then up to the Provincial Grand Master to decide when we start and that has been decided as 2017, giving us a 5 year festival.
Due to COVID-19 The Festival has been extended and will culminate in a Gala Ball to be held in May 2023
The Freemasons Charity
Building better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community.
Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.
A wide range of help and support is available for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows, children and grandchildren. Most of the support provided takes the form of financial grants to assist with financial, health or family related needs.
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ROYAL MASONIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION
The RMBI is part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation – a charity for Freemasons, for families, for everyone.
Caring has been our way of life since 1842 and we provide a home for more than 1,000 people across England and Wales in 18 care homes – while supporting many more
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Dofra Lodge supports a number of local charities, which include:
Additionally the province or Worcestershire as a whole has supported many local charities.