Freemasonry is the one of the world’s oldest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations.

The Royal Yorkshire Lodge is very committed to charitable giving both at a local or a national level. Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for one another, but also for the community as a whole both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. Masonic charity ranges from buying a birthday gift for the widow of a deceased member to supporting disaster relief agencies in their work in times of need. The lodge contributes to both the Masonic Grand Charity giving at a national level.


Each year, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity provides relief grants for hundreds of individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty, as well as donating millions of pounds to nationwide charitable projects and services. The lodge also contributes to the Provincial Grand Charity of Yorkshire, West Riding. The Royal Yorkshire Lodge also gives a number of grants to local charities and organisations. These include local scout groups who received funding for new tents, donations to Food Banks and local Armed Forces Associations.