The Grand Almoner's Fund

Grand Almoner's Fund recipients

In 2009, 32° Scottish Rite Freemasonry renewed its commitment for caring for each other. We adopted the vision statement:

We will strive to be a fraternity that fulfills our Masonic obligation to care for our members.

Since that time, a renewed Grand Almoner’s Fund has benefited countless members who faced hardships. Each situation we encounter is unique: some are dire, some are less so. Yet each has a common solution: putting into practice the simple obligation we took kneeling at the sacred altar. We pledged to help, aid, and assist all poor and distressed Master Masons, their widows, and orphans to the best of our ability and within the length of our cable tow.

The Grand Almoner’s Fund is crucial in the fulfillment of our Masonic obligation to care for our Brothers. As such, 32° Freemasonry has raised more than $10,000,000 to be duly prepared to lend support to any member facing a debilitating hardship.

Learn more on our Charities page or make a donation.

Photo: Brother Chris Shetler, Tyrian Lodge #12, Goshen, IN, with son Caden; wife Robin; and infant twins Evan and Owen. The Grand Almoner's Fund assisted the Shetler family with the medical bills they faced due to Owen's congenital heart defect. Baby Owen is now thriving.

Brother to Brother Cards

Masonic square and compass

As Brothers, Freemasons take an obligation to look after each other, and we honor that promise. If a Brother needs support, our community is here to help him. If you know a Brother that could use support, send a card using our online form. Sometimes a simple card to let him know that we are here can make all the difference.

32° Freemasonry Americanism Award (ROTC/JROTC)

32° Freemasonry Junior ROTC Program for High Schools

This initiative recognizes high school youth enrolled in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) with an award for their scholastic excellence and demonstrated ideals of Americanism.

32° Freemasonry ROTC Program for Colleges/Universities

This initiative recognizes second- and third-year cadets enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) who are outstanding in their class academically and in character.

In order to be eligible for this recognition, the cadet must:

  • Have contributed the most among cadets on campus to encourage and demonstrate Americanism by deeds or conduct during participation in extracurricular activities or community projects;

  • Have demonstrated academic excellence by being in the top 25% of his or her academic class;

  • Have demonstrated a potential for outstanding leadership by exhibiting qualities of dependability, good character, self-discipline, good citizenship, and patriotism; and

  • Not have previously received this award.

Learn more about how to submit a nomination for the Americanism Award.

Abbott Scholarships

Abbott Scholarship recipient

The Abbott Scholarship awards grants to children of Scottish Rite members and young people active in youth groups affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. Created in 1922 with an appropriation from the Supreme Council, the fund was modified in 1932 when Leon M. Abbott established an Education and Charity Fund. The first Abbott Scholarship was awarded in 1951, and in the 2015-16 academic year, funds were allocated for 330 scholarships. Learn more on our Charities page or make a donation.

To apply for the scholarship, download the application.

Photo: Abbott Scholarship recipient, Chandler R. Gordon, PIMC, celebrates commencement at Arizona State University

Children’s Dyslexia Centers

Tutoring at Children’s Dyslexia Center

For more than 25 years, 32° Freemasonry has been a national leader in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia. There are more than 40 Children’s Dyslexia Centers in 13 states in our jurisdiction providing free tutoring for children with the disorder. We also train a growing cadre of highly skilled and dedicated tutors. Children with dyslexia need professional help, and the earlier they receive it, the greater their chances of achieving normal, fully functional lives.

Learn more on our Charities page or make a donation.

Photo: Student and tutor at work in the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Susquehanna Valley, Bloomsburg PA.

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library exhibitions

Located in Lexington, Massachusetts, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library serves as the historical society of American Freemasonry. Today, more than 40 years after its founding, the museum holds more than 17,000 objects forming one of the largest collections of American fraternal and Masonic material in the country. Since 2004, the museum has managed an additional 10,000 objects and documents on long-term loan from the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts. The Museum & Library also collects objects associated with American history that relate to themes of liberty, patriotism, ingenuity, leadership, fraternity, and family. Objects in these categories help to provide context for the Masonic objects in the collection.

The Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives
With more than 60,000 books and over 2,000 cubic feet of archival materials, the Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives is one of the premier repositories in the United States for the study of Freemasonry and fraternalism. It also serves as the institutional archives of the museum and the Supreme Council, and its holdings include founding documents of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

Staffed by a professional librarian and archivist, the Library & Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to materials related to Masonic, fraternal, and American history. Digital initiatives provide worldwide access to the collection.

For more information, visit the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library website.

While there is no admission charge, donations are gratefully accepted to keep this museum open for generations to come.

Photo: Freemason group enjoys a tour through the exhibition "A Sublime Brotherhood: 200 Years of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction."