The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. 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 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.
Nationally, our efforts are channelled through the Masonic Charitable Foundation – formerly The Freemasons' Grand Charity, Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and Masonic Samaritan Fund. 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. 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.
Wentworth Lodge is proud to have raised thousands of pounds for good causes around Sheffield and the Province of Yorkshire West Riding. Most recently our social events have raised money for St Lukes Hospice in Sheffield, the Roundabout Centre and Yorkshire Air Ambulance Services.
Below you can find out more about Masonic Charities.
The Grand Charity was set up to respond quickly to urgent needs such as natural disasters. It helps individuals and many charities. In 2010 the Grand Charity donated £6.0m to Masonic and non Masonic causes including supporting Masons, their widows and other dependants who have fallen on hard times.
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
The Masonic Order maintains 19 Old Peoples Homes, which look after some 2,000 old people. Some of the homes are specially equipped to care for those with mental or physical illnesses and are tailored to meet people’s needs.
The Masonic Trust For Girls & Boys
The educational needs of over 1500 orphaned children or grandchildren of Freemasons are looked after by the Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. The trust has recently launched a major new initiative to provide educational equipment - especially computers - to the specialist hospices for children in England and Wales. It also supplies grants for students.
The Samaritan Fund
The Samaritan Fund supports the needy, sick and infirm Freemasons and their families, particularly where they cannot obtain treatment from the National Health Service without undue delay or hardship. Locally In our Province, most of the funds raised are passed to a charitable company limited by guarantee, West Riding Masonic Charities Limited.