Supporting organisations, artists, scientists, young minds and innovators to improve our communities
Every year we select a number of projects to support, projects that we believe will make a significant contribution to our community and the people that live in it.
These include a mix of ongoing commitments as well as new and unique projects. Below are some of the most recent projects we have been involved in.
Charitable Support in Action
Freemasons Foundation is a charitable organisation founded in 1956 to develop and run the Roskill Masonic Village. The Foundation has evolved from an aged care village into an organisation that now provides support to many community organisations. This philosophy of supporting a strong and healthy community is shared with Freemasonry.
We provide financial support to registered charities, supporting organisations, artists, scientists, young minds and innovators to improve the communities we live in. Our logo represents this concept of supporting the growth of a strong and healthy community – with flax a symbolic representation of the Freemasons Foundation woven into the fabric of our organisation.
A Focus on Community
Historically, medical research and community health have received the majority of our support. However, we have now expanded our interests across many other areas of need, such as our programmes for youth in higher education, arts and culture as well as many other community activities.
Our operations are based on the income derived from investing the proceeds of the sale of the Roskill Masonic Village in 2005. Since the sale we have made donations of over $15 million in the name of the Freemasons of New Zealand. The Trustees aim to give away over $1m each year. In 2022 $1.3m was donated back into the community.