Charity is Freemasonry in action.
Freemasons have been a force for charity and goodwill in North Carolina longer than any other organization, supporting the oldest children’s home and oldest elder-care facility in the state for more than a century.
Since 1929, the North Carolina Masonic Foundation has played a critical role in that work, ensuring the financial support and vitality of the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford and WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community in Greensboro.
The brethren who created the NCMF– just months before the stock market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression – ensured the safety of both homes through good times and bad, and formalized the Craft’s pledge to support and fund both homes for generations to come. Such foresight guaranteed that masonic charitable work would endure, even after they were gone – today, North Carolina is one of only four states that still have both a Masonic children’s home and an elder-care facility.
Today, the Foundation also:
-- Assists the Charles Edward Cathey Scholarship Fund and other endowed scholarships;
-- Oversees the Masonic Historic Properties Fund;
-- Offers the opportunity for lodges and subordinate bodies to invest with the NCMF to achieve long-term gains on lodge reserve resources;
-- Advocates for fundraising efforts from lodge events to capital campaigns on behalf of our two major charities;
-- Educates the Craft on development, fund-raising and charitable issues;
-- With the Grand Lodge of North Carolina A.F. & A.M., supports production of The North Carolina Mason newspaper;
-- And supports the greater mission of fraternity to foster faith, hope, and charity across North Carolina.
The Foundation is a 501c3, non-profit corporation and contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. Our IRS Form 990 is available for review here: https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/566049500
NCMF is operated by a five-member Board of Directors and a staff of four. The Board of Directors oversee the investment of donations and bequests made to the Foundation and work directly with the Chief Development Officer.
Donations and bequests can be made to the general NCMF fund or can be allocated to specific purposes—such as the Home for Children, deserving aged brothers and sisters at WhiteStone, students looking to further their education, or to the preservation of our Masonic heritage. You can donate online by clicking our Donate Now button or contact our staff.
Join us in our work to strengthen our brotherhood by keeping the young and the old safe, by being strong community partners and citizens.
As Masons always have and always will, we are building something new.
We are working now, as we did back then, for generations yet to come.
We are building a strong foundation for the future.