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.
Every year, the Provincial Grand Master chooses the charities for which the Masons self raise funds toward. In addition to this, there are regular charities that receive donations.
There are 10 Craft lodges within the Province of Guernsey and Alderney, the Master of each can choose Charities that will also receive donations from his lodge.
TLC bears TEDDIES FOR LOVING CARE were first introduced to Guernsey in 2004.
They are given to hospitals throughout England and are given to the Princess Elizabeth Hospital here in Guernsey.
Given to our children when in the A&E department, children’s dentistry, and recovery ward.
The medical staff give the bears to young children to calm them down, reward them for being brave and in some cases demonstrate procedures.
The members of the Province of Guernsey and Alderney have raised funds to supply 3310 bears so far.
The children can take their new friend home with them.
For Freemasons, for families, for everyone…
The Masonic Charitable Foundation builds 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 Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.
How the Foundation helps Masonic families
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.
- Daily living costs
- Grants following an accident, redundancy or personal crisis
- Funeral bills
- Minor home repairs
- Medical treatment
- Dental treatment
- Mobility aids and home adaptations
Family – Children in full-time education
- Costs for education or training
- Scholarships, travel grants and student accommodation
- Supporting exceptional talent in sport, music or the performing arts
Family – Care
- Masonic care homes – including nursing, residential and dementia care
- Respite care
- UK holidays
The Foundation’s Advice & Support Team offer confidential, impartial and practical guidance about the help we can provide. The Team can also help with applications for state and local authority benefits and can put you in touch with other organisations who can give advice on care, employment and education.
How to apply
For further information about the help and support available from the Foundation, please call their dedicated freephone enquiry line: 0800 035 60 90 or email email@example.com. You can also write to Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
For more information about the Foundation’s grants and the application process, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk
How the Foundation helps communities
In addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation looks beyond Freemasonry, making significant financial grants to charities that help people to live happy, fulfilled lives and to participate actively in society.
The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to people in need. We aim to benefit as many people as possible and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families have told us they are most passionate.
To find out more about the Foundation’s Community Support and Research grants, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk/community