Charity has always been an important part of Freemasonry. From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today.
In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Shakespeare Lodge charitable donations are made exclusively on a discretionary basis by the Lodge and its members. The Lodge carefully monitors all of the charitable awards made to make sure that the highest proportion possible of all donations is given directly to the beneficiaries.
There are a variety of ways of making donations.