The Mark Benevolent Fund

The Mark Benevolent Fund is a registered charity (No. 207610) which came into existence in 1868 and whose overriding aim is to disperse aid swiftly and without bureaucratic formality to needy Mark Masons and their families. Thus, the motto “Bis dat qui cito dat” - “He gives twice who gives promptly” - is the principle guideline of the MBF.

The Fund also supports many Worthy Causes and the Board of Trustees meets quarterly to consider applications, although emergency procedures are in place to deal with urgent cases. Major grants include the R.N.L.I., St. Bartholomew's Hospital (Barts), Addenbrooke’s Hospital for prostate cancer diagnosis, Hope for Tomorrow Cancer Charity, and most recently a donation of £3m to St. John Ambulance.

Donations within Middlesex include Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Funds are raised by the generosity of the Brethren on both an individual and Lodge basis, mainly through the Festival System and soon put to good use. The MBF has dispersed many millions to individual petitioners an even greater sum in grants to charities within the wider community.

Detailed information about the Mark Benevolent Fund can be obtained via the MBF website

Notes to Charity Stewards

Festival Finance Booklet as at September 2021

MBF Guide to Honorifics - 27.07.2021