Masonic Charity - Introduction

Every year Freemasons help thousands of people in need.

How? By donating millions of pounds to charitable causes.

Freemasonry is not a charity, but it is charitable, supporting its own members and their families in distressed circumstances and also non-Masonic charities and individuals. Freemasons are rightly proud of the fact that they raise all money for their charities from their own members and their social activities and not from the general public.

Charitable efforts tend to be concentrated at three levels. Locally, Lodges provide benevolence for individual members and make donations to charitable causes. Significant sums are donated each year to local non-Masonic charities and other good causes. Over the past six years over £1m has been donated by Lodges and Chapters to East Kent Communities. Read more about donations in 2015.

Freemasonry is a tremendous force for good in society and our communities. To ensure that our charity response remains as important to our Brethren and local communities, as it is to the many thousands of families that are helped every year, a new charity – The Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity (CEKFC) has been created.

The Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity

Fotolia_Charity_Logo_Cropped_V1Launched in October 2014, The Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity aims to be the face of Masonic Charity in the community. It seeks to maximise the benefit of the money that it gives to our local communities by not just sending a cheque, but by giving the recipient charity the opportunity of the greatest exposure so that others will recognise the wonderful work which that charity actually does.

The Charity hosts two Award Ceremonies each year, with recipients benefiting not only from financial donations but also access to resources, an opportunity to work with other small charities and benefit from the wider publicity the ceremonies bring for their work.

The Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity works with Lodges and Chapters, to invest in a brighter future for the disadvantaged in our communities. Providing assistance through:

  • Improving the lives of the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities
    • Those with Disability or serious illness as well as older people and carers
    • Supporting families and individuals by Relieving Poverty and Distress across the County
  • Helping children and young adults reach their full potential through Youth Opportunities. With a focus on underprivileged young people under 25 we work with Youth Groups and Organisations to develop life and work related skills
  • Relief from disasters big or small for those living or working in the Province

Read more on the work of the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity.


Masonic Charitable Foundation

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
  • Counselling

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

Practical assistance

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 use the button below to email them. You can also write to the Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

For more information about the Foundation’s grants and the application process, please visit:

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:


Keep up to date with the Foundation’s work


Twitter:            @Masonic_Charity

Facebook:       @themcf

YouTube:        Masonic Charitable Foundation

Recent Freemasons’ Charity News

Click on each item to read more

Area 8 “Does its bit to fund RNLI kit”

Terry McGlone Group 8 Chairman (centre right) is giving a cheque for £2011 at Margate Lifeboat Station on the 6th May. This is to be equally shared by the Margate, Ramsgate and Whitstable RNLI stations.

Athelstan Lodge [Faversham] Honours the Fallen.

Faversham is one of the very few towns and villages that does not display the names of servicemen killed in both World Wars and other conflicts.

Athelstan Lodge decided that it would raise money for this local good cause

Leaving a Will: Your essential guide

Take a look at the Masonic Charitable Foundation website. We have lots of information about will-making and legacy giving, and a useful downloadable guide.

Old Ruymians make a sizzle

The Old Ruymians Lodge 8391 [Ramsgate] cooked up a sizzle in aid of local charities raising over £200 in an unusual way, whilst also engaging with the public about Freemasonry.

Medway Food Bank gets a helping hand

Presentation made to the Medway Food Bank by Manor of Gillingham Lodge No 3983.

Matched funding by The Province of East Kent Cornwallis Charity Fund boosts the total to over £1,000

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