At the Quarterly Communications of Grand Lodge in December 2014 the MW Pro Grand Master spoke about the work being done to review the structure of the four central Masonic Charities. I am now able to tell you that following an extensive review, the Presidents of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity, the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and the Masonic Samaritan Fund have proposed that the work of these four charities be consolidated into a new charity that will:-
- provide the full range of support currently available to Freemasons and their families with scope to expand those services;
- have a new name (yet to be determined);
- support both Masonic and non-Masonic giving;
- become operational in 2016;
- be supported by all Festival appeals concluding in 2022 and beyond;
- Festival appeals concluding prior to 2022 will continue as planned;
- be led by one President, a Deputy President and a Board of Trustees with one Chief Executive and staff; and
- continue to include members of the Craft within its governance arrangements.
The new charity will be financially stronger, better resourced and able to respond to the changing needs of Freemasons and their dependants more effectively, whilst also promoting Freemasonry as a force for good in society in a more effective manner.
The Trustees of the existing central Masonic Charities have agreed the proposals in principle and the Grand Master has given his support. The next step is for each of the central Masonic Charities to consult their members – details of their consultation processes will be communicated by each charity to their members.
More information is available at www.masoniccharities.org.uk/review and I encourage you to take a look.
As Freemasons, I am sure that we are all proud of the important work carried out by our Masonic Charities and I am pleased to offer my support for these exciting proposals which will ensure that Masonic Charity remains at the heart of our activities for many years to come.
Yours sincerely and fraternally,
Provincial Grand Master