Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

9 September 2015

Masonic Charitable Foundation - A new charity for Freemasons, for families, for everyone.


The Pro Grand Master, Peter Lowndes has announced that a new charity called the Masonic Charitable Foundation is to be established, bringing together the charitable activities of the four existing central Masonic Charities.

At Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge on Wednesday, 9 September, the Pro Grand Master said: 

The Masonic Charitable Foundation will continue to offer the same support and services to those Freemasons and family members who need help, as well as support for the non-Masonic charitable causes that the Craft wishes to assist.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation will be one of the largest charities in the country and will rely on the generosity of Freemasonry for its funds.

It is anticipated that the Masonic Charitable Foundation will be registered with the Charity Commission as soon as possible and that it will begin making grants from 1 April 2016.  The proposals remain subject to the approval of some existing Charity members.

A shadow board of trustees comprising individuals from the existing Charities is overseeing the creation of the new charity and the transition into a single organisation. 

Further information about the Masonic Charitable Foundation will be made available over the next few months. 

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John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward added the following information:

Until the UGLE Annual Investiture meeting in April, and therefore at this stage, the interim chair of the new charity is R W Bro James Newman (currently President of the RMBI) and the interim Treasurer is W Bro Mike Heenan.

The initial trustee board of the new charity has been selected from trustees currently serving across the 4 central Masonic charities.  They have been chosen to ensure that the charity has access to the relevant skills and experience it will need. 


In the future, trustees will be selected via a rigorous selection process which will be open to all who have the skills and experience required to ensure that the charity is effectively and efficiently managed. Further appointments such as the Deputy will also be made later down the line.

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The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body for freemasons within England and Wales and districts overseas.