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About Us

VISION AND MISSION

OUR VISION

To contribute to a stronger and healthier Victoria through thoughtful and purposeful charitable support and community involvement.

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OUR MISSION

To invest in programs and initiatives that are expected to provide stronger and healthier communities and by supporting individuals through access to education.

A RICH HISTORY OF FREEMASONS BROTHERLY SUPPORT

1889 – 1989

  • United Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Victoria (UGLV) formed.

  • Benevolent Fund established to support Brethren who had fallen on hard times

  • First donation of 500 pounds made by Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Sir William Clarke, Baronet.

  • Compulsory levies included in capitation fees for benevolence (continued until 1970).

  • First Freemasons scholarship awarded in 1912.

  • Freemasons headquarters in Collins Street sold (owned by Benevolent Fund).

1989

  • The Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation established to receive the surplus from Centenary Celebrations.

  • Registered as a public charitable trust and as a tax-deductible charity.

  • Operated independently from Freemasons Victoria.

2007 – 2014

  • 2007 - Freemasons Victoria engage consultant to recommend a framework for the future direction of the Freemasons Victoria philanthropy activities.

  • 2012 – Work commences on recommendations of consultant.

  • Freemasons approve proposal to combine the Board of Benevolence with The Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation to establish Freemasons Foundation Victoria Limited.

  • Freemasons Victoria Benevolent Fund provides corpus of $36 million.

  • Combined corpus of $44 million.

2014 – 2022

  • Charities registered with Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

    • The Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation

    • Freemasons Benevolent Fund

  • First meeting of directors held in December 2014.

  • Operates independently from Freemasons Victoria.

  • $16.1 million distributed

    • $12.9m granting into the community

    • $3.2m education support including scholarships

  • Combined corpus now $52 million.

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