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Masonic Charities

The three Great Principles by which we stand are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Freemasons are taught to practise 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 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 channelled through four main charity organisations, they are as follows;

Worshipful Masters Charity - Parkview Care home in Bexleyheath

Parkview is a popular elderly care home in Bexleyheath with a welcoming atmosphere and is well supported by the local community. At the heart of Parkview is our philosophy of care, the Eden Alternative, where staff encourage social interaction, engagement and work towards the eradication of loneliness and boredom. Residents at Parkview are supported to take part in activities, go out on day trips and socialise with other residents and staff.

These donations will be used by the Home to purchase consumeable items essential for the day to day running of the Home. 

Information or donations can be found at Parkview

West Kent 2026 Festival
West Kent 2026 Festival

The West Kent 2026 Festival was launched in 2020 and is first, and foremost, about trying to support the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities. We have agreed that our financial objective for the Festival will be £2,502,026 and the significance of the last four digits of the target will not be lost on you.

The West Kent 2026 Festival is now accepting Digital Donations, to make a donation, simply scan the QR code on the Festival web site with your smart phone camera and follow the on screen instructions, or if you don't have a smart phone click the link https://gtap.uk/fest2026

For further information visit their website 2026

The Grand Charity

The Grand Charity was formed as an independent charity in 1980 to take over the functions of the United Grand Lodge of England's Board of Benevolence, which itself had its origins in the Committee of Charity set up in 1725.



Like its predecessor, the Grand Charity has a threefold function:

  • relieving distressed Freemasons and their dependents
  • making grants to other Masonic charities
  • making grants to non - Masonic causes

For further information visit their website The Grand Charity

The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
Royal Masonic Trust for Boys and Girls

In 1982 the Royal Masonic Institution for Girls (formed in 1788) and the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys (formed in 1798) were combined to form the Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys to continue nearly two hundred years of care for the children of poor families. On 1 May 2003, the Trust became the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys The prime object of the Trust is support for the children of distressed or deceased Freemasons, the aim being to give them the start in life they would have received had distress not befallen their families. The second objective is to provide help to children not connected to Masonic families and to support charities connected with children.

For further information visit their website RMTGB

The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

The RMBI provides a comprehensive range of services designed to meet the needs of older Freemasons: Sheltered accommodation and residential and nursing care in homes throughout England and Wales, as well as practical and financial support for those who wish to remain in their own homes The Institution has a daunting challenge to provide these services to an increasingly large number of older Freemasons and their dependants. Regular practical help and advice, through the Care Advice Team, home improvement loans and holidays are other important ingredients in the help the Institution provides.

For further information visit their website RMBI

The Grand Charity UKRAINE 2022 - Ukraine Crisis Appeal
Ukraine appeal via

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF, the Freemasons Charity) and the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) have been monitoring the growing refugee crisis of over two million Ukrainian people who have been forced from their country or been internally displaced from their homes. We are seeking to identify the most critical needs and will be supporting the Red Cross in helping the growing number of refugees. Many Freemasons have contacted the MCF and UGLE once the scale of this crisis become clear. We have therefore established this Ukraine Crisis fundraising appeal to allow Freemasons, their families and friends to donate. All the money raised in this appeal will be used to support the overall contribution that MCF is already making on behalf of all Freemasons under the United Grand Lodge of England, which includes a £50,000 to help fund the British Red Cross work in providing essential aid to refugees. In addition to this national appeal, Freemasons from Lodges across England, Wales and overseas have been sharing their own stories about volunteering, fundraising and donating at the local level. We are inspired by their efforts and proud to be able to join them in responding to this growing humanitarian crisis.

For further information and to donate, visit their website Just Giving

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