– The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practice 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. In England and Wales more than 50% of the funds raised by Masons for charity are given to non-Masonic national and local charities in support of their work for the benefit of non-masons, local communities and society in general.
– 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, efforts are channelled though four main charity organisations, administered by the United Grand Lodge of England.
– The national Masonic Charities donate in excess of £20,000,000.00 each year. There are two local Masonic Charities in the Province of Gloucestershire which make grants totaling up to £60,000.00 each year to regional causes.
– The Prince of Wales Lodge No 951 has its own Benevolent Fund which is a registered charity itself – Charity Commission registration 800731.– and regularly donates to local charities and causes.
– All of the funds distributed by these Masonic charities are raised directly by local Lodge members and their families. Any charitable contributions are at the sole discretion of individual members. Each of the national and local Masonic charities has its own charitable objects for specific purposes.