The Mark Benevolent Fund is a registered charity (no. 207610) came into existence in 1868 on the suggestion of the Reverend George Raymond Portal, Grand Master of the Mark. His views on charity were far more radical and progressive than the general thinking of the time. He felt that for charity to be effective it had to be disbursed swiftly and without the bureaucratic formalities of other Masonic charities. To him it was wrong for there to be any delay in providing assistance to those in need and his own Latin tag “Bis dat qui cito dat” – he gives twice who gives promptly – became, and still is, the principal guideline of the M.B.F.

The Fund has disbursed many millions to individual petitioners and an even greater sum in grants to charities within the wider community. A major grant of £1.6m has been made to the RNLI help fund a new life boat, Addenbrooke’s Hospital Trust received over £2m for machines to help in the diagnosis of prostate cancer and a pledge of £2.6 million has been made to Hope for Tomorrow Cancer Charity for the purchase of mobile chemotherapy units throughout the UK. These projects can only be funded with your help and dedication to the fund.

When it comes to individual Petitioners things are handled slightly differently. When a Lodge Almoner is made aware of a Brother or his family in distress he should immediately arrange a visit by himself or a visiting Brother to assess the circumstances and then complete a grant application form with as much information as possible. This is then passed to the M.B.F. via the Provincial Almoner. The case is then reviewed, any further information deemed necessary asked for and then submitted to the next Petitions Committee.

It is important for Lodge Almoners to be aware of Brethren not dining at the Festive Board, missing meetings or failing to pay annual fees. This may be a sign of distress and it is their role to try and assist if at all possible.

The income to the MBF is principally from individual and Lodge contributions towards Life Subscriber, Life Governor, Vice-Patron, Patron, Grand Patron and Grand Patron Gold Award of the Fund.

The qualifications are as follows:

Brethren Ladies/ Lewis Lodges Province / District
Life Subscriber £50.00
Life Governor £100.00
Vice-Patron £250.00 £125.00 £25.00 per member £50.00 per member
Patron £500.00 £250.00 £50.00 per member £100.00 per member
Grand Patron £1000.00 £500.00 Patron plus £1000.00 Patron plus £2000.00
Grand Patron Gold Award £2500.00 £1250.00 Grand Patron plus £2500.00 Grand Patron plus £5000.00

Lodge Donations:Once you reach Patron level, to achieve Grand Patron a further £1000.00 donation will be required. To achieve the Grand Patron Gold Award a further donation of £2500.00 will be required.

Province / District Donations: Once every lodge within a Province / District has achieved the Patron Status, they may qualify for Grand Patron if all their Lodges have Grand Patron status and they then contribute a further £2000.00 to the fund. After Grand Patron Status they may qualify for Grand Patron Gold Award if all their Lodges have Grand Patron Gold Award status and they contribute a further £5000.00

Please make all cheques payable to ‘Mark Benevolent Fund’.

If you have any queries about the qualifications, please contact Linda on 020 7747 1171

MBF Qualifications Brochure
MBF 2017 Complete Festival Forms Pack
MBF 2017 Festival Badge and Stewardship Form
MBF 2017 Festival Dining and Tour Booking Form
MBF 2017 Festival Information Letter
MBF Festival Results Devonshire 2016
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MBF Legacy Info Sheet
Regular Giving Form
Gift Aid Form
MBF Honorifics Application Form