The Creating-A-Partnership (CAP) Program provides matching funds for Lodges and Chapters to help children in need within their communities.
In Fiscal Year 2017, the Masonic Home and participating Lodges and Chapters provided $237,546.83 in assistance to help nearly 12,400 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
“This program was made for helping those in our own community and working towards a great cause.”
Secretary of Violet Chapter #480
“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 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 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!”
“Many children will benefit from this kind gesture and we are most appreciative of your generosity”
“… thank you to you and everyone who made the donation possible for our students at Swedeborg! You all have met the needs of many students.”
“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
“Thank you so much for the school supplies you furnished for our students. Those without supplies were so excited to receive their own and had such happy little faces.”
Platte City, MO