In 1990 Masonic philanthropies donated over $525 million dollars ($1.4 million dollars per day). In 1994 this number increased to over $625 million dollars. This is a rather substantial amount of money given that masonry has only 4.3 million members worldwide. This money is donated to many different charities, which include scholarships and medical research programs.
The Masonic Angel Fund is an organization that will purchase necessities for children at the request of principals and other leading figures in a child’s life. These purchases may be something as small as a new pair of shoes or even the money needed to attend a field trip. The Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center is an internationally recognized organization that researches and treats, at no or low cost to patients, cancer. The Masons also form the base for the Shriners who fund twenty-two no cost hospitals for children. Two of these hospitals are nationally recognized as being some of the best in the U.S. for treating burn victims, reconstructive surgery and for physical therapy following their surgeries. Money is not the only thing that Masons give back to the community, they also have reading programs to read to children and to help them overcome dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Masonry and Masonic charities daily touch the lives of many Texans, and this contact often occurs without the slightest knowledge of the recipient. Unverified
estimates put the dollar value of Masonic Charity in the US at $2 million per DAY.
The Texas Masonic Charities Foundation is the vehicle that local lodges can use today to compound their efforts at the local level to continue the tradition of charity to the new society of the 21st Century.
Faith, Hope, Charity – Masonic Charities Helping People.
Lodges – Focal Point of Masonic Charities. When the TMCF obtains the necessary capital to create sufficient interest returns, the intent is to budget some charitable funds for each Lodge to use each year. The Lodge’s charity must be approved by the TMCF Board, and the allocated funds can only be spent for that approved charity.