A nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1986, the National Masonic Foundation of Children’s (NMFC) goal is to encourage communities to help the young of today become productive, healthy and successful adults of tomorrow. This is accomplished through student assistance programs aimed at preventing destructive behaviors and addictions. Freemasons strongly believe in helping our youth through the immense challenges they face, so that they may grow into leaders of the future.
An excerpt from the Shriners Creed reads, “As Shriners we look beyond ourselves to serve the needs of others, especially children who cannot help themselves. We believe Shriners Hospitals to be the world’s greatest philanthropy, and we covenant with each other to support its “temples of mercy” with spirit, time, talent, and means.”
The Knights Templar Eye Foundation has given thousands the gift of sight over its illustrious fifty-year existence. Since its inception in 1956, the foundation has helped nearly 80,000 people in need of surgical treatments to prevent blindness and has spent $98 million. In addition, $9.2 million has been spent on research grants for the prevention of blindness.