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Masonic Festival Guidelines - First Edition - February 2011

Masonic Festival Guidelines - First Edition - February 2011

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The current Festival Matrix is included in Appendix B. Further

information on the matrix is contained on page 11.

Pre-Planning

Planning

Launch

Management

Event

Pre-Planning

Planning

Launch

Management

Event

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The importance
of Provincial

Festival
Appeals

On average just over 60% of the Charities’ income is derived from
Festival Appeals.

The Charities are often faced with the misconception that additional

donations are not needed due to the income they receive from their

endowments (or in the case of the Grand Charity, the annual

contribution), however this is not the case.

In 2009, the Charities spent over £26m supporting beneficiaries.

Income from investments amounted to only £8.7m. This clearly

demonstrates that the Charities rely on successful Festival Appeals

to continue their life-changing work.

Chart 1 shows the ‘funding gap’ between the income the Charities

receive from their investments and their total expenditure.

Reducing the funding gap is important to enable the Charities to

continue operating without severely depleting their investments. In

view of the substantial annual income received from investments, it is

vital that the Charities do not allow their core investments to be

significantly eroded. Without the funding from Festivals, the

Charities’ would be unable to survive in the long-term, or would have

to severely limit the assistance they provide. For a detailed

breakdown of the income and expenditure, see Appendix M.

Graph 1 - The 'Funding Gap'

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£5m

£10m

£15m

£20m

£25m

£30m

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Investm

ent incom

e / total expenditure

Investment Income

Total Expenditure

“The Festival system provides a major part of the fundraising

effort for the Charities. Without it we would have to

significantly reduce the scope and scale of our life changing

support.”

Les Hutchinson

Chief Executive, Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys

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What the
Province

receives from
the Charities

each year

Every Provincial Grand Charity Steward and Provincial Grand
Almoner should receive quarterly statistics (see Appendix C) from the

Charities detailing the total financial assistance given to members of

their Province over the previous 12 months and the previous five

years.

These statistics are a vital tool in demonstrating the tangible

assistance provided by the Charities to each Province. The statistics

will assist in making the case for supporting the Festival Appeal.

The

Freemasons’
Grand Charity

Annual

Contribution

The only permanent commitment to fund any of the Charities is the

requirement for each Lodge to make an annual contribution to the

Freemasons’ Grand Charity on behalf of each member recorded on

the Annual Return.

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