Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need. In short: Freemasonry Cares.
Freemasonry has at it’s heart the three core principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Truth. Freemasons strive for truth both in their view of themselves and in their dealings with others. Masonry requires high moral standards and its members endeavour to uphold these principles in their public and private lives.
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. For example, read about How Warwickshire Freemasons support The Birmingham Settlement.
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 four main charity organisations:
|The Grand Charity: Established in 1980, to continue a tradition of charitable support for vulnerable people.|
|Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys: Founded to relieve poverty and advance the education of children|
|Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution: Caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years.|
|Masonic Samaritan Fund: Provide grants to support health or care needs.|
A joint initiative by the above charities has been setup called Freemasonry Cares. This acts as a umbrella for the charities design to make it easier for people to get support.