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MASONIC ANGEL FOUNDATION UPDATE - July 27, 2001

In this issue: New MAF Adoptions * Help with an Eating Disorder * "The MAF Experience" * Share Your Good News * Charitable Remainder Trusts

 

NEW MASONIC ANGEL FUND ADOPTIONS

The MAF Family is pleased to welcome:

#25 Social Harmony Lodge, Wareham, MA 5/11/2001

#26 Nehoiden Lodge, Needham, MA 5/15/2001

#27 Philanthropic Lodge, Marblehead, MA 6/19/2001

#28 Wayfarers Lodge, Swampscott, MA 6/12/01

#29 Orient Lodge, Norwood, MA 7/9/2001

With Universal Lodge counted as "License Zero", this brings us to a total of thirty Masonic Angel Funds serving our communities. While adoptions will slow down for the summer, there are already several in the works for September and October.

 
HELP WITH AN EATING DISORDER

One of the most insidious health threats to strike an adolescent is an eating disorder. When one thinks "eating disorder" one usually visualizes a young lady with bulimia. However, eating disorders take on many forms.

A Masonic Angel Fund recently provided vital financial assistance to the family of a thirteen year old boy who suffers from a life-threatening eating disorder. In his case, the condition involves overeating to the point of physiological damage. After the condition caused the destruction of the boy's spleen, he began to suffer kidney failure. Clearly, the youngster needed to enter a residential treatment program. As was reported to us, the deductible for this program was $3,700.

The family was able to raise all but $1,100 of the $3,700 needed. The Masonic Angel Fund was approached through the young man's school and the local chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. $500 was provided by MAF with the balance being covered by a local Rotary club and a revolving "campership" fund at Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

This is yet another example of MAF working "outside the box". 

 

 SHARE YOUR GOOD NEWS!

Please use our list server (angelfund@listserver.blackwidowweb.net) to share your benevolences and news with others in Masonic Angel Fund family. You may email your questions and stories to this address. 

Better still, if you hold a fund raiser or do some special project in your community send us photographs and a "press release" for the web site.

Remember, the web site and these email broadcasts are everyone's forum to share and learn about how we all operate our Masonic Angel Funds.
 
THE "MAF EXPERIENCE"

Recently, we were challenged by a request for advice on the first possible "big city" MAF adoption. The challenge was "how does one Lodge service a whole city of elementary schools?"

Well, we did a lot of talking. We talked primarily about how to get checks out to schools in a prompt, efficient manner. We talked about all kinds of ways of doing this - from electronic fund transfers, to school district inter-office mail to sending checks in the mail. As we explored these logistical issues we re-discovered a core value of the Masonic Angel Fund program. We call this the "MAF Experience".

The MAF Experience is the process of personal contact that accompanies each step in the fulfillment of a request for MAF assistance. This is a multi-step process:

Request - Someone from the school calls a Masonic Angel Fund trustee and asks for MAF assistance.
Approval - The MAF trustees make a very quick decision - which is usually "yes" - and inform the school staff person that the request will be fulfilled.
Fulfillment - A representative of the Masonic Angel Fund visits the school, is greeted by the staff and presents them with the check to fulfill the request for assistance.
This personal contact is absolutely essential to the core function of the Masonic Angel Fund - "Masons helping children in our community". The school staff and MAF volunteers maintain close, regular contact and develop a rapport over many months. The most important part of the MAF Experience - the "fulfillment" phase - is a necessary "uplifting experience" (to steal a term from AMWAY) that makes both the school and the Mason feel good about the program and about themselves for helping a child. 

Ask any Mason who has delivered an MAF check to a school. He will tell you that he wants to do more - he wants to bring more checks to that school to help more kids.

When we consider launching MAF in a larger community, it will be necessary to preserve the "MAF Experience" by involving a sufficient number of volunteers in the outreach phase of the MAF so that all schools can be covered by a person the staff recognizes and gets to know as a friend. 

We do not propose that you have a dozen MAF trustees or anything like that. Where trustees are concerned, smaller is better. However, you can gather a group of "MAF Ambassadors" around your trustees. Have each Ambassador adopt a few schools (perhaps three) where they will be the primary MAF contact. The Ambassador can receive requests for benevolence and then contact a Trustee to see about fulfilling the request. The Ambassador can then get the check from the Trustees and deliver it to the school in person.

The personal contact cornerstone of the "MAF Experience" is not just about everyone feeling good about a particular request fulfilled. It is about Masonic Awareness. The school staff will soon start to recognize their MAF Ambassador. This leads to contact in the community outside the school and the propagation of Masonic Awareness in that community. Good Masonic Awareness begets membership. Membership begets healthy, growing Lodges. Healthy, growing Lodges can do even more for their community....etc.

Who would like to write more about the MAF Experience? Send your thoughts to angelfund@listserver.blackwidowweb.net and we will pass them on to your colleagues in other Masonic Angel Funds.
 
CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUSTS

A few weeks ago the Foundation received a phone call from an attorney whose client is an elderly Mason interested in setting up a Charitable Remainder Trust to benefit his local Masonic Angel Fund.

In layman's terms, a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) is an instrument where a person donates a sum of money (or securities, real estate..etc.) to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The twist is that the donor receives a tax deduction now but retains the dividend income from the portfolio until the time of his death. At that time the assets in the trust are turned over to the charity. The charity does not have access to the trust assets until the donor passes away.

A CRT is an excellent means of providing future funds for your Masonic Angel Fund. As most of us know, a Masonic Lodge is a 501(c)(10) fraternal organization - not a charity. Donations to a 501(c)(10) are not deductible, so most Masons with a taxable estate cannot leave money to a Lodge. However, through the Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. you can receive tax-deductible bequests or CRT for your local Masonic Angel Fund.

The Foundation does not give legal or tax advice. However, we and our attorneys will be happy to work in conjunction with any donor and/or MAF (and their own legal and tax advisors) that wishes to set up a CRT or other planned gift.

We encourage you and your members to explore these exciting vehicles for funding your Masonic Angel Fund.
PRAYER BOOK PUBLISHED - PROCEEDS BENEFIT MAFI!
We are pleased to announce that A New Collection of Masonic Prayers was released on June 23, 2001 by the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts.

Profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Masonic Angel Foundation by the Grand Royal Arch Chapter.

Compiled by David A. Schofield of the GRAC education and awareness committee, the book includes approximately 300 prayers taken from books of proceedings, collections from individual chaplains and other historical sources. The collection includes prayers of openings/closings, holidays, special events and challenges, invocations, memorials and more.

This book is available from the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts for only $10 plus $4.00 shipping/handling. All profits from sales of the prayer book will be donated to the Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. 

To order your book, please send your payment to: Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts Attn: Prayer Book order 186 Tremont Street, Suite 703 Boston, MA 02111