Background – Washington Masonic Charities is the 501 c 3 nonprofit charitable arm of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington. Three nonprofit organizations were consolidated under the Masonic Retirement Center of Washington’s federal tax identification number. The other two nonprofits were a children’s organization focused on youth safety and identification, and the Washington Masonic Library & Museum Association.
Staff were hired in 2014, and programs and services were built on the previous foundation. Every effort has been made to build and operate the organization to reflect current best practices in nonprofit management, while honoring Masonic traditions and values. Everything that is in place and functioning today is a result of the 2014 implementation of the Board business plan.
Today Washington Masonic Charities operates in three primary areas – youth, older adults and those in need, and Masonic heritage. We operate Children and Youth Programs, Masonic Outreach Services, and the Washington Masonic Library and Museum.
In 2016 Washington Masonic Charities and the Grand Lodge of Washington formalized two key documents to provide guidance and to assure stability in funding. These included a memorandum of understanding, and a beneficial interest agreement, which established a formal and documented connection between the Grand Lodge Home Endowment Fund, Home Fund, Scholarship Endowment Fund, and Charity Fund, and Washington Masonic Charities.
In 2017, Washington Masonic Charities established the Washington Masonic Charities Endowment, which is comprised of several funds focused on supporting older adults, individuals in need, senior Masons and widows, children’s programs and services, scholarships, and the Masonic Library and Museum.
Our 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 preserve and share the Masonic heritage of Washington.
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.