Masonic Fundraisers provide a means for individual Masonic lodges to promote charitable causes in partnership with their local communities.
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Some lodges choose to donate money from their fundraising activities to worthy causes at the national level, such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, United Way or other well-known charities.
However, the majority of Masonic lodges prefer to provide Masonic charity at the local level.
Why do Masonic lodges actively promote fundraising activities?
Masonic Fundraiser Activities are based upon Masonic Relief:
The tenets (principles) of Freemasonry are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Brotherly love and truth are pretty much self explanatory.
Relief is a form of charity. It is a means to help our fellow man, who, no matter how industrious and frugal he may be, through sudden misfortune, or other conditions over which he has no control, may be in temporary need of a helping hand.
Relief for the misfortunate did not begin with Freemasonry. You will find it written in the holy scriptures of holy books of all religious faiths.
It can be found several hundred times in the Christian Bible. It is in the Torah, the Prophets, in the Gospels and in the Epistles.
Luke 6:38 For if you give, you will get!
Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over.
Whatever measure you use to give,...large or small,...will be used to measure what is given back to you."
Therefore, most Masonic lodges have a Charity Fund. Typically, this fund does not contain a large amount of money.
This money is obtained from small donations given to the lodge, sporadically, throughout the year from some of its members, but the majority of the Charity Fund is obtained from lodge fundraising activities in active partnership within their community.
Fundraisers and donations received by the lodge provide the funding for such charitable acts.
Note: Lodges should always refer to their Grand Lodge's By-Laws before embarking on any fundraiser which includes games of chance such as bingo, raffles, contests and lotteries because these are illegal in many Masonic jurisdictions and in many U.S. states.
One such beneficiary of Masonic fundraisers are Masonic scholarships.
As an example, each year the lodge forms a committee and contacts the scholarship coordinator from a local school.
The committee and the school determine a scholastically-worthy student who is in need of the scholarship to assist them in achieving higher education.
The scholarship recipient may be male or female and the award is based upon need only. Race, religion and Masonic affiliation is not a factor in the award of such scholarship.
In active partnership, the school, in turn, agrees to assist the lodge in promoting these fundraisers toward obtaining these funds.
Schools are requested to pass out flyers about lodge fundraiser activities such as chili dinners, spaghetti dinners, pancake breakfasts and other types of lodge fundraisers which directly benefit their chosen recipient.
Dinners and Breakfasts
Does your lodge hold dinners, breakfasts or other food gatherings to raise money for your Charity Fund?
Does your lodge have an innovative or fun way to raise funds or make their charity dinners memorable and special?
Does your lodge raise funds for charity from:
- Golf Outings
- Garage Sales
- Bake Sales
- Car Wash
- Donations for a Special Named Charity
- Soda Pop and Bottled Water Sales at a Parade or Other Community Function
- Sponsored Event Wherein the Sponsor(s) Agree to Match the Proceeds for a Specially Named Charity
Does your lodge have a special Charity Committee designated by the new Worshipful Master which gets together and discusses new, fundraising ideas they would like to promote for the year?