The Mark Benevolent Fund
The Fund came into existence in 1868 on the suggestion of the Reverend George Raymond 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 dispensed swiftly and without the formalities of other Masonic charities. To him it was wrong for there to be any delay in providing those in need and his own Latin tag “Bis dat qui cito dat” – he gives twice who gives promptly – still is, the principal guideline of the
How the Fund receives its income:
Festival stewardships are obtained by a Brother and/or his Lady by paying a fee to the Stewards Fund which is entirely distinct from the Mark Benevolent Fund and is applied to defray the expenses connected with the Annual Festival.
When the proceeds of each Festival are sent to the Mark Benevolent Fund, the individual donations are set out on a list and those sums are credited towards honorifics in the fund. The sums required to achieve qualification in the Fund are set out below. Qualifications cannot be achieved or acknowledged until your funds have been transferred to the Mark Benevolent Fund itself!