GRAND LODGE OF VIRGINIA MASONIC CHARITY

The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick, and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.

Today, we raise more than 2.6 million dollars a day to help people in need. Here is a list of charities that could use your financial support. Be a part of something great by helping out people in need.

Grand Lodge of Virginia Charities 

Grand Lodge of Virginia Masonic Home

The Masonic Home of Virginia is a vital, dynamic home environment for over two hundred and forty Masons, their wives and widows.  Our residents live in a beautiful, healthy setting, surrounded by friends and cared for by professional staff in a supportive manner.  The Home is designed to provide for all levels of resident independence, from independent living units in our Masonic Village to higher levels of medical assistance in our Care Center. Shop with Amazon and support the Masonic Home of Virginia at the same time.

Grand Lodge of Virginia Scholarship Program

In general, Virginia Freemasons are committed to high standards of excellence, and part of this commitment is carried out by The Scholarship Fund, Grand Lodge, A.F.& A.M., of Virginia. It operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a Virginia Corporation licensed by the State Corporation Commission.

Its purpose is to provide scholarships, fellowships and other forms of financial assistance to deserving men and women from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Grand Lodge of Virginia Child Identification Program (VACHIP)

Virginia Freemasons believe that children are our future. To aid in protecting our children, it has established the Virginia Child Identification Program (VACHIP). It operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a Virginia Corporation licensed by the State Corporation Commission.

Its purpose is to promote and facilitate Freemasonry as the "Premier Provider" of Child Identification and Protection Programs. VACHIP will provide parents or guardians with "free child identification services" and promote abduction awareness and child safety education. It has been recognized for its work and accomplishments by Governor Robert F. McDonnell and presented with a Certificate of Recognition in 2010.

Masonic Community Blood Program

The Grand Lodge Community Blood Program is designed to get every Lodge in the State to support the American Red Cross and to save lives.  Our Lodges have been organizing and hosting blood drives throughout the State of Virginia. 

Grand Lodge Masonic Relief Fund

The Masonic Relief Fund was initiated in 1988, by assessing each Lodge 50 cents per member on a one-time basis, and was so named in 1989. And is a 501(c)(10) Under Section 170 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 106 (5) of the United States Master Tax Guide, contributions made from individuals, as opposed to corporations, are deductible when the donation is deposited into a fund which is used exclusively for charitable purposes. Donations should be made payable to "The Masonic Relief Fund," c/o the Grand Lodge of Virginia, 4115 Nine Mile Road, Richmond, Virginia 23223-4926.

Its purpose is to make funds available to Virginia Master Masons, their widows, and orphans, wherever a bona fide need exists.

Other Masonic Charities

Grottoes of North America

Welcome to the Humanitarian Foundation -- a Masonic Charity -- where our primary purpose is providing dentistry for special needs children.

Masonic Service Association of North America

Providing relief around the world for national disasters. Our first disaster relief appeal was in 1923 to help the victims of an earthquake in Japan. Since that time more than 50 appeals have been made on behalf of individual Grand Lodges.

Its purpose is to provide scholarships, fellowships and other forms of financial assistance to deserving men and women from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Shriners Hospitals

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 pediatric hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico providing specialized care for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. All services are provided, regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

Knights Templar Eye Foundation

To provide assistance to those who face loss of sight due to the need for surgical treatment without regard to race, color, creed, age, sex, or national origin provided that they are unable to pay or receive adequate assistance from current government agencies or similar sources and to provide funds for research in curing diseases of the eye.

RiteCare Childhood Language Program

Today, there are 170 RiteCare® clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned for children and therapists located throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel.

Royal Arch Masons

Supporting the Alzheimer's Association, a national network of chapters, is the largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's and helping those affected by the disease. At the Alzheimer's Association, 75 percent of revenues go to programs, such as research, while the remaining monies pay for management, general expenses, and program improvement.

Order of the Eastern Star

Eastern Star Chapters donate funds to a wide variety of worthy charities. Some examples are: Cancer Research Project, Arthritis Fund, Heart Fund, Knights Templar, Eye Foundation, Shriners' Hospital for Children, orphanages and many other charities within each Grand Jurisdiction. In the United States alone, Masonic organizations give more than 2.6 million dollars a day to charity.

Donating your time or money is only a click away.

Information regarding estate planning is also available.

Please contact our Grand Secretary, Alan W. Adkins for more information

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Masonic Home of Virginia

 

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Alan W. Adkins

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