The Creating-A-Partnership (CAP) Program is a matching funds program that creates a partnership between the Masonic Home and Lodges or Chapters to help children in need within their communities. There are two ways to work this program, learn more below.
In FY 2022, the Masonic Home and participating Lodges and Chapters provided $777,749 in assistance to help nearly 34,662 children statewide.
CAP is a donation matching program to help kids in need in your community, and this year we have made some BIG changes to the program.
We want to help you and your community recover from the financial impact of COVID-19, so we are doing a BIG thing! Until July 31, 2023, we are doubling our match for the Creating-A-Partnership program! That means that for every $1 your lodge raises, you can put $3 back into kids in your community!
Additionally, we increased the maximum we will match from $10,000 per Lodge or Chapter to $15,000 per Lodge or Chapter during this same time frame!
That means every Lodge and every Chapter has the opportunity to donate $45,000 to the needs of children in their community!
We cannot wait to see the impact we will make on your communities together.
Lodges and Chapters can work within their communities to identify a child or children in need through schools or other local community organizations. Funds can be used to provide school supplies, coats, shoes, hygiene items, eye glasses, etc.
Lodges and Chapters can identify projects within their communities through schools or through other charitable organizations. Recipients of the CAP Project-Based funds must be 501(c)(3) organizations, as defined by the IRS, or public entities, such as schools.
An example of a project that may qualify is the backpack food program found in communities statewide, which provides food over the weekend for schoolchildren in need. The matching funds must go toward the purchase of specific items for children, such as food or backpacks. The Masonic Home will not match funds for general operating expenses.
The CAP program is not intended to be used as a Thanksgiving or Christmas program.
The Masonic Home will match two dollars for every dollar raised by the Lodge or Chapter for a maximum of $45,000 per fiscal year. The CAP and PTH Programs each have an application that can be obtained from the Masonic Home’s website or by calling the office. After the application is approved, the Masonic Home will return to the Lodge or Chapter a check with the matching funds. Approved funds will be sent to the Lodge or Chapter payable to the designated 501(c)(3) organization. The Masonic Home will not reimburse Masonic Lodges, Chapters, or individuals of a Lodge or Chapter.
Once funds are donated, the Lodge or Chapter will be responsible for providing a copy of the receipt(s) and/or a letter from the organization showing how funds were spent. The Lodge or Chapter will not be able to make additional requests until all receipts are received.
All matching funds must be raised by the Lodge and/or Chapter, and the application must contain two members’ signatures, with one being either the Worshipful Master, Worthy Matron, Secretary, or Treasurer. The Lodge or Chapter must submit the application along with their matching funds to the Masonic Home.
For more information or to begin the process of applying:
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