Freemasonry, in its current form, is more than 300 years old. Charitable activity is one of the Masonic core values, and Masons in Washington are reminded at every Lodge meeting that “every human has a claim on our kind offices.” We do this, because Masons Care.
Who We Are – Washington Masonic Charities is the 501 c 3 public charitable arm of the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Washington. Freemasonry is non-partisan, and not a religious body. In fact, we explicitly do not discuss these things, because our goal is to promote unity through our fellowship. Charity is one of the most important things Masons do, which requires us to practice the art of civility and to be able to get along and work together.
Well Known Examples of Masonic Charity – Shrine Hospitals for Children, York Rite Heart Foundation, Early Life Speech and Language, support for Diabetes research, and much more are all accomplished by Freemasons in our local neighborhoods across the United States. Masons have contributed not only billions of dollars to the health and well-being of our communities. but have also helped to shape the very foundation and form of our government in the United States.
Charitable activity predates Statehood – Masons in Washington Territory and Washington state have been engaged in the community and giving back for more than 160 years. Today we have three areas of charitable focus – assisting children and youth, helping older adults age with meaning and dignity, and the preservation of Washington’s Masonic heritage.
Mission – Washington Masonic Charities’ mission is to create a culture of philanthropy to invest in youth and education, provide comfort and support for seniors and those in need, and to preserve and share the Masonic heritage of Washington.
Vision – Our vision is to build an environment where people live with meaning and dignity, and can learn, grow and be safe. Our Masonic heritage and values are the cornerstone to fulfill this vision.