Your Lodge has voted to sponsor a Masonic Angel
Fund to assist local children in need. Now what? How do you get started?
This section of our web site is intended to provide information useful to
a new Masonic Angel Fund or for newly-selected trustees of an existing
Masonic Angel Fund.
The Masonic Angel Fund is really a simple concept
- local people raise money locally to help local children. 100% of the
money MAF raises stays in a community stays in the community to help only
local children. There is no paid staff. The Masons who volunteer to run
the local Masonic Angel Fund program work with school and social service
professionals to help children in need with immediate assistance. MAF does
not demand application forms and other paperwork from the schools. Our
affiliates must respond to every request within one business day. If a
school nurse requests help with eyeglasses for a little girl it is very
likely she could be wearing her glasses the very next day. If a teacher
needs to purchase a coat for a little boy the MAF can help the teacher
make that happen right away.
Some call the Masonic Angel Fund a new form of local charity. Actually,
it's nothing of the sort. Prior to the Great Depression, this is how most
community charity was delivered - confidentially by a partnership of
people who see the kids every day and local organizations (like the
Freemasons) who want to provide assistance. We cannot say how many times
an elderly Mason has told us that this is the kind of Masonry that his
father's generation practiced.
In an era where many traditional charity programs have become top-heavy
with executive salaries, facility expenses and exorbitant costs for
fund-raising, the Masonic Angel Fund is indeed a refreshing concept. The
sponsoring Masonic Lodge agrees to cover the minimal operating costs of
the local Masonic Angel Fund, its members raise the money to fund the
local program and volunteer Masonic Angel Fund trustees develop
partnerships with the school and social service professionals to ensure
that children in need are assisted right away.
The Masonic Angel Fund is a program that will make you even prouder to be
Here are some resources to assist you in
getting your MAF off and running:
AngelFlyer Here is a flyer you can adapt with your
local Masonic Angel Fund's specific information and make available to the
Here you will find of some of the questions
asked of the Masonic Angel Foundation staff by Lodges interested in
sponsoring a Masonic Angel Fund.
Email to the Foundation to answer questions for new MAF
Twice a year all Masonic Angel Funds are required
to submit a report of their activities to the Masonic Angel Foundation,
Inc. This reporting process is very easy.
Each MAF will file a "Semi-Annual Financial Report"
This form lists all of the information and supporting data that is
required of each MAF. For ease in tracking your individual benevolences,
we recommend that you use the
benevolence reporting form
or something similar.
Please look at the semi-annual report form now so you will know what is
expected at the end of the current semester. If you keep this information
in a folder throughout the semester it is much easier to prepare the
semi-annual report at the end of the semester. Please meet
our Compliance Officer's
Comprehensive Guide to
School Outreach by our co-founder.
All the documents mentioned above are always available in our
Again do not hesitate to contact the Foundation if
there are any questions.