National Charities

The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness.


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:


The Freemasons’ Grand Charity

The Freemasons' Grand Charity provides relief grants for hundreds of individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty, as well as donating millions of pounds to nationwide charitable projects and services.


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The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys

Funded by Freemasons to relieve poverty and advance education for children and young people.


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Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

The RMBI has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years, running 17 residential care homes across England and Wales offering high quality care. 


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Masonic Samaritan Fund

The Masonic Samaritan Fund provides health and care grants for applicants to receive treatment and care without undue delay or expense.


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