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"Angel Mail" Update December 15, 2010

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;  what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Albert Pike

Freemasonry at its Best!

St. Andrew Benevolence Builder Grants concluded

Dear friend of the Masonic Angel Fund,

The winter series of St. Andrew Benevolence Builder Grants concluded today when the funds allocated for this series were fully expended.

We are proud of the dozens of "Masonic Angels" who have been so proactive with their benevolent outreach this year. Many of the recipients of BBG funds are Lodges that were just starting their Masonic Angel Funds. These replenishment grants played a big part in advancing the new MAF's towards success.

Most significantly, the BBG program requires Masonic Angel Funds to "give money to get money". We find this is a far more effective motivator than traditional matching grants - which, in theory, permit MAF's to accumulate money without regard to how much they expend to help children in need. Benevolence Builders replenish local MAF accounts after a benevolence is conferred. Each local MAF is responsible for its own success. The BBG program rewards "successful" Masonic Angel Funds based on what they are actually doing to help children in need.

It is pleasing to see that the BBG program actually inspired Masonic Angel Funds to "do more" rather than "do the same". This is exactly what The Lodge of St. Andrew and the Foundation desired! We wanted to set the bar a little higher, knowing that those running local Masonic Angel Funds tend to set the bar higher for themselves as Masons. BBG is very much a "challenge program" and our MAF chapters rose to the challenge splendidly!

The Founders Fund Benevolence Builder Grant series for chapters outside Massachusetts also concluded today.  This series was funded by the friends and family of our beloved co-founder and President Emeritus, John Alden Sherman.  The Founders Fund grants were modeled on the St. Andrew BBG series but focus on group exemption members outside Massachusetts.

We thank everyone involved for their exemplary work on this program.   Look for a broadcast featuring some of the benevolence stories in the very near future and watch your email for the next BBG series (from the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts) commencing soon.

Regards to all,
Robert W. Fellows
Co-Founder/Board President
Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. /