California Masonic Foundation
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Together we make a profound difference
The Masons of California are committed to personal growth and making a profound difference in the lives of others.
We are committed to engaging and retaining members and their families through an enhanced, sustaining, and relevant membership experience. Fellowship, family, and lifelong learning are important to us. Leadership development and Masonic education are offered in a variety of formats to assist members in their continuous pursuit of knowledge, helping them excel both inside and outside the fraternity.
For California public education
As a fraternity, we have championed many great causes – but perhaps none so personal, or so affecting, as that of public education. From helping to establish the nation’s first public school systems to helping bring California’s public schools out of crisis in 1920, Masons have been on the forefront.
We continue to be leaders in statewide support of public schools through early literacy skills for kindergarteners at high risk for educational failure; scholarships for deserving – but often overlooked – high school seniors who might not otherwise have the ability to obtain a higher education; and a number of other critically needed programs benefiting underserved youth.
For those in need
Relief is one of our enduring and relevant values. We take responsibility for the well-being of our brothers, our families, and our communities. It’s our obligation. Our philanthropic causes are supported entirely by our members’ generous contributions.
Through the Masonic Homes of California, excellent care and critical services are provided for Masons and their wives and widows at our residential communities for seniors and through our statewide outreach programs.
The Masonic Center for Youth and Families (MCYAF) answers the need for integrated help for youth who struggle with behavioral or mental health issues. MCYAF is an expansion of the fraternity’s commitment to serve youth and families in a meaningful and innovative way, providing an integrated model of care that is unavailable anywhere else in the United States.
Let's Write the Future
Let’s Write the Future
Our brothers need our help. California kids need our help, too.
When help is needed, Masons provide it. We’ve supported schools and aided hospitals. We’ve sent kids to college and looked after our brothers and their spouses in their golden years. Today, we’re putting that tradition to the test with our biggest challenge in years. We call it “Let’s Write the Future.”
We need to build memory and advanced care facilities for our most vulnerable.
Today, our brothers and their spouses at the Masonic Homes may be forced to live apart to access the memory care and advanced medical services they so greatly need – in their most desperate hour. Our vision: to build and expand the memory and advanced medical care services we offer at our Masonic Homes campuses. Residents must not be separated from their supportive, nuturing, communities during the most vulnerable time in their lives. It is now that we can make a dramatic difference – and we must heed the call to help.
We need to double the number of children and families that we help throughout the state.
Studies show that if a child can’t read at grade level by third grade, it’s impossible for him or her to ever catch up. We proudly support Raising A Reader, which helps children and their families develop strong literacy habits that impact their comprehension, vocabulary, and listening skills – breaking multigenerational cycles of illiteracy. This program can’t currently reach all the kids in California who need it. The “Let’s Write the Future” campaign will raise $2,500,000, which will double the program to 1,000 classrooms – and ensure more young Californians can look forward to a brighter future.
Will you heed the call of those in need? Let’s write the future – give today.
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The Masons of California have supported public education since 1850. Scholarships awarded annually by the California Masonic Foundation have enabled thousands of students to attend college.
The Masonic Scholarship Finder will guide you through four questions to determine your eligibility for various scholarships offered by Masonic-related organizations in California and throughout the U.S. Once you find a scholarship that interests you, you can submit a request for more information. Please begin by clicking here.
We hope your education will enable you to make a profound difference in your local community, and the world.
Best of luck!