“Our members give their time and treasure to make sure we
make the greatest impact,” says Grand Secretary Allan Casalou.
“We always need to respond in better, more creative ways so that
we can do the most good.”
As the Annual Fund’s programs expand and evolve, each
Mason’s contribution will make an even greater difference.
Every gift also honors a legacy that’s generations old.
“When I joined my lodge, several mentors told me why
charitable giving was so important to the fraternity,” says Mark
McNee, junior warden of Phoenix Lodge No. 144. “Now that I
am a lodge officer, I recognize that our younger brothers look to
me for guidance about their obligation to provide relief. I want
to set an example for them that says: ‘Charity is important to our
lodge.’ That’s why I make my gift to the Annual Fund.”
Relief has always been one of the most important bonds
between Masons. More than a century ago, California Masons
established their first institutional charity to fulfill that bond.
And the Annual Fund that evolved because of those dedicated
first brothers now touches thousands of lives each year through
life-saving outreach, public school programs, and other vital
services. This good work is their legacy – a legacy that will
one day be ours.
Here in California, supporting the Annual Fund is more than
an obligation. It’s a tradition and a tangible demonstration of
our enduring brotherly love.
Created in 1969, the Foundation promotes educational access by providing
college scholarships and supporting literacy, education, and historical causes.
Today, we reach some of the most underprivileged children in the state, through
programs like our Raising A Reader literacy partnership and Investment in Success
Our Raising A Reader partnership is
striving to raise $1.2 million over three years
from members and lodges – a grassroots
effort that will be leveraged into statewide
change. Because of California Masons,
Raising A Reader will be implemented in 400
of the lowest-performing public elementary
schools in the state. Because of us, more parents will sit down to read with their children
every night in California; more students will
graduate from high school; more will pursue
college; and more will go on to lead healthy,
productive lives. It’s yet another example
of what our donations add up to – and our
fraternity’s commitment to creating strategic,
relevant charitable programs.
LEFT: THROUGH OUR RAISING A READER PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, 400 OF THE LOWEST PERFORMING SCHOOLS IN THE STATE WILL RECEIVE
RED BAGS FILLED WITH BOOKS. RIGHT: THE MASONIC HOMES EXEMPLIFIES MASONRY’S GREATEST TENET – CHARITY.