Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

Supreme Council, 33° Northern Masonic Jurisdiction — USA

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Scottish Rite Development

Opening doorways to higher learning and public education, advancing medical research, and improving basic skills for thousands of schoolchildren, Scottish Rite Charities has been making a big difference since the 1920s. Feel free to contact our team with any questions regarding the charities of the Scottish Rite.

Grand Almoner's Fund - The Commander's Circle

As the Membership and Leadership Team Leaders, we want to introduce you to a new initiative to continue to care for our members. “We will strive to be a fraternity that fulfills our Masonic obligation to care for our members.” This pledge is being lived out today through the reinvigoration of the Scottish Rite Grand Almoner’s Fund. The renewed and strengthened Grand Almoner’s Fund has made an important difference in the lives of members and their families. Since 2009, when the more active Fund was introduced, our members have faced disasters of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other debilitating hardships, proving that this effort could not have come at a better time. As we look to the future, the fraternity must be prepared to fulfill this vision to care for our members and to meet the challenges that they face. The Scottish Rite Benevolent Foundation seeks to raise at least $10,000,000 to be duly prepared to lend support to members as they face natural and other disasters. To commemorate the milestone of two centuries of Scottish Rite Freemasonry and to firmly recommit the fraternity to the values that defined its founding, Sovereign Grand Commander John Wm. McNaughton, 33 °, has commissioned a special honor that will recognize its most generous Brothers. The Commander’s Circle will recognize supporters of the Grand Almoner’s Fund. To learn more about the Grand Almoner’s Fund and the Commander’s Circle, you can download the brochure below. The Scottish Rite Benevolent Foundation, a qualified charity under section 501c3 of the Federal Tax Code. All donations are fully deductible to the extent allowed under law.

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Children's Dyslexia Centers

For several years, Scottish Rite Masons have been national leaders in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia. With many active centers in our jurisdiction, the Children’s Dyslexia Centers provide free tutoring for children with dyslexia and train a growing cadre of highly skilled and dedicated tutors.

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Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library

Located in Lexington, Massachusetts, the museum boasts one of the country’s finest collections of material and artifacts related to the history of American Freemasonry and fraternalism. The museum also collects decorative arts, documents, artifacts, photographs and fine art related to American history—with particular attention to material related to Lexington around the time of the American Revolution. A schedule of changing exhibitions and programs, and virtual experiences, serve a broad audience.   The Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives serves the Masonic community as a repository of the history of Freemasonry and as a research facility. It preserves Masonic and fraternal history in many formats, available to the public, to researchers, and to Masonic scholars. Its other major collecting area is American history.     The museum and library are open Wednesday-Saturday 10 AM - 4:30 PM. Click here for the schedule. There is no admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

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Abbott Scholarships

In 1922, a college scholarship program was inaugurated with an initial appropriation from Supreme Council funds. In 1932, Leon M. Abbott bequeathed additional funds to establish an Education and Charity Fund. The first Abbott scholarship was awarded in 1951. For many years, the scholarships were presented to journalism students at selected universities throughout the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. In 1984, it was voted to expand the scholarship program by awarding grants to children of Scottish Rite members and to young people active in the youth groups affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. In 1985-86, the first academic year, funds were allocated for 68 scholarships. Interested in applying? Click on the “Learn More” link below.

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Almoner's Fund

As Freemasons we have each taken an obligation to help, aid, and assist a worthy Brother in distress. When that call to duty is sounded, will we be able to answer? In these pressing economic times your help is needed now more than ever.

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Blue Envelope Appeal

​The “But for Scottish Rite…” Blue Envelope Appeal is currently underway. This is OUR opportunity to contribute to the relief of distressed Brother Masons, support our Children’s Dislexia Centers, provide scholarship assistance to our children, and help preserve the history and legacy of our Craft. YOU can make a difference.

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Membership Appeal

The Membership Appeal helps ensure the vitality of the Scottish Rite, and help uphold all we believe in.  Your ongoing support sustains tangible benefits enjoyed by all brethren in our Fraternity including, but not limited to: Birthday, Holiday, and Get Well Cards, Membership & Leadership Conferences, Masonic Anniversary Recognition, and Innovations in Communication.

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