As a visitor to this site you will most likely be already aware that “Charity is the distinguishing characteristic of a Freemason’s heart”.
With this in mind, please allow us to explain a little more about the national and provincial Mark registered charities that our members support, either directly or via Lodge activities.
Our national charity, the Mark Benevolent Fund (MBF) came into existence in 1868 at the suggestion of M.W. Bro. Reverend George Raymond Portal, Grand Master of the Order of Mark Master Masons.
He had a very strong belief that for a charity to be effective it had to disburse funds swiftly. In his opinion, it was wrong for there to be any delay in providing assistance to those in need and his own Latin motto of “Bis dat qui cito dat” – he gives twice who gives promptly – became, and still is, the principal guideline of the MBF.
Locally, The Provincial Grand Mark Lodge of Kent Charity Fund, better known as the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund (KMBF), was established in 1985 following the 117th MBF Festival hosted by Kent.
The KMBF was introduced to fulfil two major objectives – Benevolence and Charity. The former is focused internally within the order whilst the latter is focused on supporting external good causes. Details of recent grants made by the KMBF can be found below and in the News section of this website.