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The Mark Benevolent Fund (MBF) is a Registered Charity providing support to charities, both national and local, and administers relief to Mark Master Masons and their dependents who are in need.

Here are some examples of the fine work the MBF does...
  • £2.6 million was donated to Hope for Tomorrow Cancer Charity for the purchase of mobile chemotherapy units throughout the UK
  • The principal donor for the building and launch of a swift, modern RNLI Lifeboat called The Mark Mason, operating out of Pembrokeshire
  • A major grant of £3.4m was donated to St John Ambulance to provide a combination of 53 Ambulances, Treatment Centres and Support Vehicles with many replacing the original fleet funded by the MBF in 1999
  • £440,000 awarded to the Blood Bike charities of England and Wales providing 16 Blood Bikes and 10 Blood Cars
  • Provision of modern specialist treatment of prostate cancer in every county of the nation
  • Donation to the Osteoporosis Scanning Services Development Project to assist in the provision of mobile diagnostic services for people with and at risk of osteoporosis, in every county in England and Wales
  • £141,423 donations to Lifelites benefitting all children’s hospices in England
  • The MBF has also provided a speedy relief to many Surrey Mark Master Masons and their families
The Mark Benevolent Fund, a Registered Charity (207610), came into existence in 1868 on the suggestion of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, the Reverend George Raymond Portal, (in 1881 Canon Portal) who served in that Office for four years. His views on charity were far more progressive and radical than the general thinking of the times. He was greatly influenced by his passionate embrace of that fundamental virtue to which his attention had been directed in the Craft Initiation Ceremony.

He believed it necessary for the Mark Degree to have its own Benevolent Fund because he was certain that if charity was to be effective it had to be dispensed swiftly, and without the bureaucratic formalities from which the other Masonic charities appeared to suffer. It was an anathema to him for there to be any delay in providing assistance to those in need and the Grand Master’s own Latin motto, “Bis dat qui cito dat” – he gives twice who gives promptly – became the principal guideline of the Fund of Benevolence.

Today, the MBF administers to Mark Master Masons and their dependents in need by means of grants, subject to the provisions of Rules 165-167 and Annex B of the 2012 Constitutions and Regulations. Petitions for relief are received from Lodge Almoners via their Provincial Grand Almoners or Secretaries, the MBF Petitions Committee sits on a near monthly basis to consider cases and relief is almost immediate upon approval.

The income to the MBF is principally from individual and Lodge contributions towards Life Governor, Vice Patron, Patron, Grand Patron, Grand Patron Gold and Grand Patron Diamond Award of the Fund. The qualifications are as follows:

Lodges Province/
Life Governor
£50 n/a n/a
Vice-Patron £250 £125 £25 per member £50 per member
Patron £500 £250 £50 per member £100 per member
Grand Patron
£1,000 £500 Patron plus £1,000 Patron plus £2,000
Grand Patron Gold Award £2,500
£1,250 Grand Patron plus £2,500 Grand Patron plus £5,000
Grand Patron Diamond Award £5,000 £2,500
Grand Patron Gold plus £5,000 Grand Patron Gold plus £10,000

Lodge Donations
Once you reach Patron level, to achieve Grand Patron a further £1,000 donation will be required. To achieve the Grand Patron Gold Award a further donation of £2,500 will be required. To achieve Grand Patron Diamond a further £5,000 will be required.

Province/District Donations
Once every lodge within a Province/District has achieved the Patron Status, they may qualify for Grand Patron if all their Lodges have Grand Patron status and they then contribute a further £2,000 to the fund. After Grand Patron Status they may qualify for Grand Patron Gold Award if all their Lodges have Grand Patron Gold Award status and they contribute a further £5,000. To achieve Grand Patron Diamond a further £10,000 will be required.

Click here to see the MBF 2020 Annual Report