ISSUE 5, April 2003
Editorial
Henry Sadler: The First Grand Librarian
Travel: Full of Eastern Promise
Masons and Medical Research: The Royal College of Surgeons
Quarterly Communication: Report of the Board of General Purposes
Masonic News: Capital Event, Brazil's Grand Chapter
Masonic Charities: The Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and The New Masonic Samaritan Fund
Masonic Education: A Feast of Learning
Library & Museum: Trench Art exhibition
Letters
Gardening
Book Reviews

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Masonic Charity Sets New Record

The four main Masonic Craft Charities contribute substantial sums each year to Masonic and non-Masonic causes. Annual giving has reached a record high of:
Grand Charity                      4.9m
MTGB (Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys) 8.4m
NMSF (New Masonic Samaritan Fund) 2.5m
RMBI (Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution) 7.1m

Total Annual Giving: 22.9m

- The four charities combined rank among the top dozen grant-giving bodies in the UK
- 18.1 million represents direct support to Freemasons and their families
- The remaining 4.8 million for non-Masonic causes is also concentrated in areas of interest and importance to Freemasons
- Giving has increased in each of the five years 1997-2001, with a grand total of more than 100 million
Breakdown of Support
Residential care for older people 7.6m
Masonic Relief Grants 1.8m
Disaster relief 0.2m
Children & young people 8.6m
Vulnerable people & disability 1.3m
Healthcare & medical research 3.4m

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