Charitable donations made at Lodge meetings, unless required for immediate disbursement, should always be deposited in the Lodge’s bank account . Thereafter they can be forwarded to any of the following, provided a) Gift Aid envelopes have been used to collect charitable donations and b) the chosen destination has been made clear to Lodge
members at the time of the collection.
The use of Gift Aid envelopes enables the Relief Chest or relevant Benevolent Fund to claim an additional 25% in tax refunds from HM Revenue and Customs in respect of UK tax payers. Higher rate taxpayers are also able to claim personal tax relief on donations made via Gift Aid.
In addition to donations to charity made at Lodge meetings, members of Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Lodges are also able to make “one off” or regular donations to the Relief Chest or Fund of their choosing by using the forms which are available from Lodge Charity Stewards or by clicking on the appropriate link below.
Click here for forms for
1) Regular & Single donations into a Relief Chest
2) Regular & Single donations to Herts Mark Provincial Ben’ Fund
3) Regular donations to the Mark Benevolent Fund
4) Single donation to the Mark Benevolent Fund
Donations to the Mark Benevolent Fund count towards personal or Lodge honorifics (see table below).
Donations to the Provincial Benevolent Fund are recognised by a certificate to the subscribing member and the Lodge being awarded an inscribed maul (in the case of Mark Lodges) or an inscribed sceptre (in the case of Royal Ark Mariner Lodge) for every £1000 in total subscribed by the Lodge.
- Donor £100
- Vice-Patron £250
- Patron £500
- Grand Patron £1,000
- Grand Patron Gold £2,500
- Grand Patron Diamond £5,000
Lodge members are encouraged to identify suitable local charities in their area which might benefit from a charitable donation. Amounts given to local charities, may be matched by a sum from the Provincial Benevolent Fund at the discretion of its Trustees. Fuller information about this is available from Lodge Charity Stewards.
Charity, lovely in itself, is the brightest ornament which adorns our organisation.
Provincial Grand Charity Steward