Philanthropy

Through the generosity and compassion of Masonic Fraternity members past and present, Minnesota Masonic Charities has grown to become a leading grantmaker in the state, capable of influencing outcomes in significant causes such as cancer research and children’s health. The organization provides over $6 million annually in mission and other grants, addressing the most critical issues faced by our society today, and becoming the University of Minnesota’s largest single donor in history.

“Charity is a supreme virtue, and the great channel through which the mercy of God is passed onto mankind.”

– Conrad Hilton

Lodge & Chapter Grants

Minnesota Masonic Charities provides matching funds to Lodges and Chapters that raise money for organizations within their communities and that provide student scholarships. Visit our Masons & Stars page for more information.

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Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

Since 1955, Minnesota Masonry has partnered with the University of Minnesota to eradicate cancer. Masons, Stars and Minnesota Masonic Charities have invested $100 Million in the Masonic Cancer Center since they helped build the Masonic Cancer Clinic in 1955. Why? Among many organizations worldwide working toward advances, the Masonic Cancer Center was designated as one of only 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers nationwide by the National Cancer Institute. That’s a federal seal of approval that signifies the depth and breadth of the research performed at the Center.

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University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

In October 2014, a gift from Minnesota Masonic Charities prompted the renaming of the University’s Children’s Hospital to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. The gift allowed MMC to impact children’s health at a significant level, partnering with professionals at the University’s medical school and within pediatric research.

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Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain

In addition to the Masonic Cancer Center and the Masonic Children’s Hospital at the University of Minnesota, a first-of-its-kind institute was established in 2020 with the help of a $35 million pledge from Minnesota Masonic Charities. A natural off-shoot of MMC’s Masonic Children’s Hospital gift, the unique institute will bring together teams of researchers and clinicians who study how the brain grows and develops during early childhood. Their mission: to get young brains back on track before early stressors – everything from trauma to toxin exposure – leads to lifelong complications that could have huge social and economic implications.

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Mission Grants

With a purpose to extend the reach of Minnesota Masonry’s philanthropy, Minnesota Masonic Charities funds several “mission grants” each year. These grants are provided to organizations that exemplify the values of Freemasonry and the charitable interests of the Fraternity. Such efforts include veteran-focused organizations, and those that address children’s health and development.

Why donate to Minnesota Masonic Charities? Because we are capable. Combining your dollars with ours exponentially increases your ability to make a significant difference in the areas that most concern you. And MMC makes sure every cent is invested prudently.

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