The Provincial Grand Chapter of Warwickshire Benevolent Fund has been granted Charity status – No.1099086 and has Inland Revenue approval for tax reclamation on Gift Aid donations
The Constitution of the fund delegates its Management to a Committee comprising:
- The Grand Superintendent
- The Deputy Grand Superintendent
- The Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals
- The Provincial Scribes E and N
- The Provincial Grand Almoner
- The Provincial Grand Charity Steward
- Past Grand Superintendents
plus three further Companions nominated by the Grand Superintendent currently:
E Comps David Satchwell, Paul Wheeler and David Mander (Secretary).
The Holding Trustees of the Fund are currently:
E. Comps John Hayward, David Mander, Wade Dimitri, Fred Ditchfield, Rod Hinton and Howard Smith.
The Aims of the Fund are to raise monies to assist:
- Other Charities
- Masonic Charities
- Grants to individual Masons
How to give
The Benevolent Fund holds a registered Relief Chest in the Masonic Charitable Foundation Relief Chest Scheme (RCS) through which Gift Aid is claimed.
Donations can be made either by Chapters giving one or more of their usual charity collections, or by Companions individually.
If individuals wish to give, it would be much appreciated if a gift aid form could accompany the donation.
Chapters can donate their alms collections by following the procedures explained in the following guide and Gift Aid claimed by completing an EVS form. All chapter charity Stewards have previously received copies.
The principal object of the Fund is to make a substantial donation, every two years or so, to non-masonic Charity. The Trustees will give preference to a Charity registered within the Province of Warwickshire aimed at giving aid or assistance to a wide range of individuals rather than to a specific group or section of the community.
The Trustees always welcome suggestions from Companions of the Province as to possible beneficiaries. There is also provision within the Fund to receive applications on behalf of individual Companions in need, although it is requisite that they first approach the Craft Charities through their Lodge Almoner.
All donations from Chapters should be sent to the Masonic Charitable Foundation as per the Guide and the Envelope Verification Scheme Form, and confirmation sent or e-mailed to the Provincial Grand Charity Steward.