The Creating-A-Partnership (CAP) Program provides matching funds for Lodges and Chapters to help children in need within their communities.
In Fiscal Year 2018, the Masonic Home and participating Lodges and Chapters provided $319,198 in assistance to help nearly 13,546 children statewide.
There are two ways for a Lodge or Chapter to receive up to $10,000 in matching funds per the Masonic Home’s fiscal year:
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.
Masonic Home of Missouri
6033 Masonic Drive, Suite A
Columbia, MO 65202
“Thank you for matching funds for my students! Because of the money you donated, my students will have warm shoes and adequate clothing this winter. We purchased shoes that will last with the money because shoes get passed down to siblings so often! I can’t wait to see the smiles on kids (sic) faces when they get their new items!”
“This program is wonderful, the forms are self-explanatory. There really isn’t a reason not to do it. You get to give back double what you raised and so many are helped. I really do encourage Lodges and Chapters to become involved in this partnership with the Masonic Home of Missouri and their own communities.”
Secretary of Ava Chapter #47
“We are so very grateful for your generous donation to “Blessings in a Bag”. At present we are feeding 69 children every weekend, and providing extra food for extended breaks from school. This could not happen without the generosity of those like yourselves.”
“Thank you so much for your generous donation. The students that received the items were so excited.”
Poplar Bluff, MO
“Thank you for your donation of $2,007.00 to Carden Park Elementary for clothing and school supplies. Your support of our school is much appreciated!”
St. Joseph, MO
“Thank you so much for the incredibly generous contribution to Grace’s Place for needed items! We are so grateful for your support of our mission to keep kids safe in times of crisis!”
“Thank you so much for matching the funds our local lodge donated to “Project Linus”. With the donation, we will be able to make at least 400-500 blankets, which will be delivered to children in need. Thank you again for the donation. With your help, we will be able to provide security and love to many children.”
“Thank you so much for your generous $500 donation to support Backsnack and help feed the children of Odessa.”