Freemasonry plays a significant role throughout the UK and the rest of the world in supporting good causes both with and without a masonic connection.
Every member is reminded of their duties to society and those less fortunate than themselves. Freemasonry generally collects money from within its organisation and its members, therefore you are unlikely to see Freemasons organising collections on the street, instead functions and events promoted within the membership form the basis of charitable collections. The amounts raised total many millions of £s and are channelled through a small number of centrally run masonic charities as well as being distributed by local lodges to local good causes of their own choice.
The following pages describe these charities and provide an insight into some of the notable causes supported by Freemasonry.