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. Nationally, our efforts are channelled through our North Island Masonic District Charitable Trust and the Roskill Foundation in association with freemasons of the NZ Consitution.
North Island English Masonic District Charitable Trust
The NIEDMCT is the main instrument for funding English Masonic charity in the North Island. The Trust has supported Charities such as the Heart Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis, the Christchurch Appeal and many more.
In addition, the Trust provides grants to members and their families if they are in financial difficulties. Funding for the Trust is by individual members making regular donations, often by way of a monthly Direct Debit Mandate and by Donations from Lodges.
Members also sometimes leave a bequest in their will.
W Bro Murray MacDonald
Chairman of Trustees
If you are member of the Craft and do not have a Direct Debit in place, please feel free to download it below and then send the completed form to the District Grand Secretary or to your Lodge Charity Steward.
All of our Lodges have their own charitable organisations which support local and National charities as well as helping their own.
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity
Each year, 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.
Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys mission is: "To relieve poverty and advance the education of children of a Masonic family and, when funds permit, support other children in need."
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
The RMBI has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependents for over 160 years. We operate 17 residential care homes across England and Wales offering high quality care. Many of our Homes are registered for both residential and nursing care and a number offer specialist dementia care. All of our Homes can offer places to people with dementia, following as assessment of their needs.
Masonic Samaritan Fund
The Masonic Samaritan Fund is a charity funded by Freemasons and their families.
They provide grants to eligible beneficiaries who have an identified health or care need and, faced with a long wait for treatment, care or support, are unable to afford their own private care. Details of the eligibility criteria, the application process and how to support our work are available online.