Secrets of giving:
Masonic Philanthropies over the years
With "Angels and Demons," Dan Brown's novel about secret societies and ancient rites, on the big screen, talk has turned to which shadowy organization the best-selling author will train his sights on next. Rumors have placed him in the District, scoping out sites related to the Freemasons.
The Masons are a natural choice for Mr. Brown. Freemasonry, perceived by many to be a secret society, is an organization with deep ties to American history - 14 presidents have been confirmed as Freemasons, including George Washington; nine signers of the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons, including Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock; and 13 signatories to the Constitution were Freemasons - leading conspiracy theorists naturally to assert the group had some sort of unholy influence over America's institutions.
But the biggest impact the Masons have had on America is no real secret, and it can be discovered simply by walking into the temple on 16th Street Northwest (Washington, DC) and asking a few questions.
"The Masons spend over $3 million a day, over a billion dollars a year, in philanthropy," Brent Morris says when asked about the impact of his organization's charitable giving. Mr. Morris is the managing editor of the Scottish Rite Journal and author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry." During a recent tour of the museum and library at the temple, Mr. Morris went into greater detail about the organization's charitable work.
"The main philanthropy of the Scottish Rite, the Southern jurisdiction, is speech pathology," he explains. "We've got a network of 170 clinics, while the Northern jurisdiction has 35 or 40 clinics up there." "We provide speech and language training and intervention for children of all ages, usually at no cost or at a modest cost," he says.
From: Secrets of giving: Masonic Philanthropies over the years - (Washington Times)
A quote for thought:
"I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do!"
A Few Words About Charity
Being a Freemason has always been about helping and giving to others (in one way or another) and Charity is one of the principal tenants of Freemasonry. Charity can happen in many ways: through the contribution of money, through the contribution of time, through visitation programs, through showing caring concern for others, by helping your brother, your neighbor or the widow or child of a Brother of the fraternity. Or, by just being a supportive friend and a Brother when one is needed.
The list on the right page is a small representation of some the good work that Freemasons do - it certainly does not list all of the charitable acts that Freemasonry and their Appendant Bodies accomplish on a daily basis. Most of what Freemasonry does to help others is not known. Freemasons, as a general rules, do not look for or expect recognition for their acts. They only hope for an societal awareness of their good work so that other interested, like minded individuals, might join their ranks in their efforts to help others. It's what we are all here for - after all.
There are over 192 branches that spring from the base of Freemasonry with organizations that offer opportunities and interests to every walk of life. If you are interested in belonging to a Brotherhood (Fraternity) where every member is your Brother, where you have a chance to challenge yourself and continue to grow spiritually while contributing to society, where you can learn the moral lessons of life while increasing your mental awareness and growing spiritually, we invite you to consider becoming a part of the Freemasonry fraternity. (BTW, there are also sororities and mixed organizations that all fall under Freemasonry - so that no one is left out that wants to better themselves and help others.)
We are always looking for a few "Good men" - to make them "Better". No one will ask you to join. Freemasons do not solicit membership in their fraternity. To be one of us, you must have a genuine interest in the fraternity and you must ask to join. You must want to help others to be a part of one of the oldest fraternities in the world (with a legacy that extends through history for centuries). We encourage you to have the strength and courage to be one of us. Freemasonry will make a difference in your life and in the lives of others.
The Basic Structure of "Core" Freemasonry
Does not include all of the appendant bodies
Freemason and Appendant Bodies Charities
Other Masonic Appendant Bodies
The Order of the Eastern Star
Order of the Amaranth
and other local Scholarships
Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
or Shriner's International
Mystic Order of the Veiled Prohets of the Enchanted Realm
(Now with DeMolay)
The Tall Cedars of Lebabnon
Other Masonic Organizations with their own charities
As you can see there are many
worthwhile charities that are
supported by Masons
Allied Masonic Degrees
Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots
Society of Blue Friars
College of the Consistory
Grand College of Rites of the USA
The Order of Desoms
International Law Enforcement Officers Square Club
The White Shrine of Jerusalem
Social Order of the Beauceants
Masonic Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederalis
Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests (HRAKTP)
Knight of the York Rite Cross of Honor (KYCH)
National Federated Craft
Quuatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle
The Philalethes Society
Red Cross of Babylon
Red Cross of Constantine
The Order of the Golden Chain
The Order of True Kindred
Daughters of the Nile
Masonic Order of the Bath
Ancient Egyptian Order of the Bath
Order of Quetzalcoatl
Royal Order of Scotland
Ancient Order O'Noble Corks
Royal Order of Jesters
No charity - a just for fun group
Caring Concern - a list of Masonic Charities at MasonicInfo.com