The Creating-A-Partnership (CAP) Program provides matching funds for Lodges and Chapters to help children in need within their communities.
In Fiscal Year 2021, the Masonic Home and participating Lodges and Chapters provided $208,364 in assistance to help nearly 10,114 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, 2022, 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.
There are two types of donations that qualify for CAP funding:
Lodges and Chapters can work within their community to identify a child or children in need through schools or other local organizations. Funds can be used to provide items like school supplies, coats, shoes, hygiene items, and glasses.
Lodges and Chapters can identify projects within their communities. Recipients of the funds must be a 501(c)(3) as defined by the IRS or a public entity, such as a school.
Funds can be used for projects like a backpack food program, which provides children in need with food for the weekend. The matching funds must go toward the purchase of children’s items, 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.
Approved funds will be sent to the Lodge or Chapter payable to the designated store or 501(c)(3) organization. The Masonic Home will not reimburse Masonic Lodges, Chapters, or individual members of a Lodge or Chapter.
The Lodge or Chapter must provide a copy of the receipt(s) or a letter from the organization showing how funds were spent. All matching funds must be raised by the Lodge and/or Chapter and the application must contain two members’ signatures, with one being the Worshipful Master, Worthy Matron, Secretary, or Treasurer.