Charitable work is just one of the things Freemasons are involved with.
It’s undoubtedly an important aspect but not only what Freemasonry is about; it is more an inevitable result of who we are or who we strive to become.
All the money raised by Freemasons, and given to charities, is raised internally; nothing is collected from the general public.
We encourage members to give generously, but only within their means through alms collections, gift aid etc – there is no set amount or percentage.
Freemasons give to charity in four ways:
- Through our annual dues to the Grand Lodge
- Via gift aided donations,
- By alms collected at each meeting
- With raffles held by the lodges
The members of the lodge decide themselves where their donations are applied.