The Grand Lodge of Alberta directly supports two specific charities
Masonic Higher Education Bursary Fund
The Masonic Higher Education Bursary Fund recognizes, promotes and supports excellence in education for the benefit of humanity.
Instituted by the Grand Lodge of Alberta, A.F. & A.M. at its Annual Communication in June of 1957. The intent was and is to provide assistance to those students wishing to receive a higher education but lacking the ever increasing funds to do so.
Today, the MHEBF Bursaries are awarded to students at the post secondary level of Education in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Bursaries are awarded on a basis of need and proven scholastic ability. The application deadline is February 1st. annually. Each year the Bursaries are provided in a three fold manner as follows:
- Thirty $5000.00 Bursaries are awarded across Alberta and the Northwest Territories (Excluding the Peace River Regional District) courtesy of the MHEBF.
- Eight $5000.00 Bursaries are awarded within the Peace River Regional District courtesy of The Mathews Konschak Trust Masonic Bursary.
- Two $7000.00 Bursaries are awarded across Alberta and the Northwest Territories to Pharmacy and Medicine students courtesy of The Lauraine Douchet Masonic Bursary.
Masonic Foundation of Alberta
The Masonic Foundation of Alberta is a Charitable Foundation established to assist Alberta’s Freemasons’ with their charitable endeavours and to enhance the profile of Freemasonry in their local communities. In addition the Foundation directly assists youth-serving organizations in their efforts to serve and protect at-risk youth in our communities.
The Foundation has provided assistance to more than 70 Registered Charities and since 2006 has donated more than $500,000 to various worthy causes. This assistance is only possible through the generous donations from Alberta’s Masonic Lodges and individual Freemasons.
Instructions on how to make donations to the Foundation, as well as the process and forms required to request assistance from the Foundation, for Lodge projects, can be found on the Foundations website on the “Donations” and “Request Assistance” pages.
Across our jurisdiction each Masonic body has a charitable organization. The impact of this practice shines a great light on the needs of those less fortunate and brings joy to those imparting. Our Lodges & Grand Lodge support charitable work of the M.H.E.B. and M.F.A. Many Lodges extend their charitable reaches to the local community, food banks, children, elderly, disease support and research. We as Masons join to make a difference and through contributions we “Do the Good Act” with support to a vast amount of “Good Work”. We are often called upon in our social and professional lives to support many other charities as well, whether by door to door canvassers, telemarketers or calendar purchases. Charity forms part of the masonic legacy our early Brethren brought to Canada. The lessons of our ritual reminds us that it is a fundamental principle and forms part of the foundation of you as Mason.
- Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation – funding medical research into puzzles of the mind; Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Dyslexia and Autism
- Scottish Rite Learning Centre – assist dyslexic children with specialized tutoring
- Royal Arch Masons of Alberta – Youth Endowment Fund
- The Cryptic Rite Charitable Foundation – providing assistance to persons afflicted with any form of neurodegenerative diseases and fund research to find a cure for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Knights Templar Charitable Foundation of Canada – dedicated to the assistance of divinity students, widows, orphans and destitute persons.
- The Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada Charitable Foundation – gift funds to medical researchers and other registered organizations dedicated to finding cures for illnesses such as Arthritis and other debilitating diseases affecting the aged of our society.
- Shriners Hospital for Children (Montreal + 21 others in USA and Mexico) – acute care center providing orthopedic specialty care for complex or chronic disorders, such as osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), severe spinal and limb anomalies, reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation