From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been involved in charitable activities, and since its inception it has provided support for many widows and orphans of Freemasons as well as for others within the community.
All monies raised for charity are drawn from amongst Freemasons, their families and friends, while grants and donations are made to Masonic and non-Masonic charities alike.
Freemasonry has an enviable record of providing regular and consistent financial support to individual charities over long periods while at the same time making thousands of grants to local charities, appeals and projects throughout England and Wales each year.
Over the past five years alone Freemasonry in the UK has raised more than £75m for a wide range of charitable purposes including those involved in medical research, community care, education and work with young people.
Charity is the best way of applying our principles of Neighbourly Concern in practice.
All the money given to charity by Freemasons is raised directly from our members.