The Masonic Charitable Foundation has come up with five simple ways you can support its work, helping it to make an even greater impact on your behalf by building better lives for Freemasons, their families and the wider community
Relief is one of the fundamental principles of Freemasonry, with all masons pledging to support those who are less fortunate than themselves. However, working out the best ways to support others effectively can be a challenge in itself – how should you put your charitable nature into practise and make a real impact on wider society?
Talk about the MCF
The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) can only support those who know about it, so telling your friends and family about the MCF’s work is a great way of reaching out to those who may be eligible for support. Whether you mention the MCF’s financial grants for Freemasons and their families; the Advice & Support Team, who can offer practical guidance; or the MCF’s funding for local and national charities, every conversation gives one more person the option of getting in touch should they need support.
Organise a social event
Whether it’s a quiz or a curry night, a raffle or a race, social events are a brilliant way of raising money and supporting the MCF – not to mention fun for all involved. Donations to take part in a quiz or sponsorship for a race are just a couple of ways of effectively raising money at an event. Whatever you arrange, all donations should be voluntary.
Ask for resources
Use Gift Aid envelopes
The MCF’s Relief Chest Scheme offers Gift Aid envelopes, which are an excellent way to increase the value of your donation to the MCF by allowing it to reclaim the tax back at no additional cost to you. Ask your Lodge Charity Steward or Secretary for MCF Gift Aid envelopes in which to donate via the Relief Chest Scheme. All you need to do is fill in the front of the envelope and hand it back to your Lodge Charity Steward.
Leave a legacy
Remembering the MCF in your will is a way of carrying out one final act of kindness. Your legacy could provide high-quality care for older members of the masonic family; give independence to people who need mobility equipment; advance groundbreaking medical research; or create educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. If you would like to learn more about leaving a legacy to the MCF, visit www.mcf.org.uk/legacy.