Freemasons don't undertake fundraising from the public - all of the money raised by freemasons is donated by its own members. There is no pressure upon any member to donate to charities - this is left to the individual, who will use his own discretion to decide what he can afford according to his means.

The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practise 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.

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. At national level, our efforts are channelled through four main charity organisations: 

The Freemasons Grand Charity

Freemasons Grand Charity

Each year, The Freemasons' Grand Charity provides relief grants for hundreds of individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty, as well as donating millions of pounds to nationwide charitable projects and services. The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is funded by Freemasons and their families and is continuing a commitment to charitable support that began nearly 300 years ago in the earliest days of organised Freemasonry. 

The Charity has made grants exceeding £100 Million since 1980.  

Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys


The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys is a charity funded by Freemasons which aims to relieve poverty and advance education for children and young people. Most of the support is provided in the form of financial grants to assist with a range of costs associated with child well-being and education following a distress which has led to financial hardship.

In addition to our main grant-making work, we also support young people with exceptional talents and those who need financial assistance in order to embrace life-changing opportunities.

Our TalentAid scheme helps to support children and young people who are exceptionally gifted in music, sport or the performing arts. We are able to provide further support to a limited number of young people to enable them to embrace life-changing opportunities.

Through our Stepping Stones scheme we provide grants to charities that are working to alleviate poverty and improve life and educational outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people.

We award grants to both national and local children's charities and provide support to our separate but subsidiary charity Lifelites, a separate charity (No. 1115655) which provides educational and entertainment technology to children who visit hospices. Originally established as our millennium project, we no longer provide grants or financial assistance to Lifelites which itself now raises funds from both Freemasons and the public, but we continue to provide in-kind support to this unique charity. 

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

The RMBI operates 17 residential care homes across England and Wales offering high quality care. Many of our Homes are registered for both residential and nursing care and a number offer specialist dementia care. All of our Homes can offer places to people with dementia, following as assessment of their needs.

Limited sheltered accommodation is offered for those people who prefer to live more independently, but with support nearby in an emergency.

The RMBI has a team of Care Advice Visitors, who know a great deal about health and welfare rights and benefits. They can also give advice on all aspects of the services offered by the RMBI and the other Masonic charities, and by statutory and voluntary agencies.

The RMBI also offers short-stay breaks, including respite care. These are helpful for both those living alone, and for families that need a little respite from the demands of caring for an older relative.

The RMBI believes in treating everyone as an individual. Every potential resident is assessed to find out what type of care package would best meet their needs. A tailor-made care plan is put together, which is reviewed on a regular basis.

Residents who choose an RMBI Home have the security of knowing that they have a home for life regardless of any change in their financial circumstances, as long as we can cater for their particular care needs. 

Masonic Samaritan Fund

Masonic Samaritan Fund

The Fund provides grants to eligible beneficiaries who have an identified health or care need and, faced with a long wait for treatment, care or support, are unable to afford their own private care.