“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 working as individuals.”
Nationally, our efforts are channeled through four main charity organisations, all of which can be accessed through The United Grand Lodge of England website.
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity
Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
Masonic Samaritan Fund
Here in the Province of West Lancashire we are unique in having our own Masonic charity. With this in mind we should focus our Masonic giving to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
The charity has adopted a yellow envelope scheme, which contributes a predictable and sustainable income for the charity by claiming tax back through the government ‘Gift Aid Scheme’
For non-Masonic giving, the Province encourages lodges and chapters to look at charities in their local community.
The Widnes Group have assisted many local charities in the past and our generosity is considerable. We will carry on the good work by ensuring that it is being directed to causes which really need the support and those charities where the majority of the funds received actually go to the point of need.