Middlesex joins Masonic Merry Men in Nottingham

The MIddlesex Merry Men in Nottingham

Shades of Robin Hood as Charity Stewards from all over the UK met to discuss best practice in fundraising with the Province of Middlesex being represented by Provincial Grand Charity Steward W Bro John Briggs and W Bro Alfie Buckland.

While the primary focus in Middlesex in recent years has been the immensely successful 2020 Festival, which has raised in excess of £4m, it is worth remembering that at a national level the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the UK, donating over £5 million each year to charities helping thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives and to participate actively in society.

At this national event, Provincial representatives from across the country participated in discussions covering topics as diverse as:-

– Communications and fundraising support from the MCF to Provinces

– Fundraising initiatives including updates on the importance of will making

– Teddies for Loving Care

– How effectively funds raised are being deployed to charities

– Compliance with new regulations governing fundraising

– Support from MCF for Charity Stewards

W Bro John Briggs sharing ideas with fellow Provincial Grand Charity Stewards

The MCF also showed it listens and values feedback from Provinces with sessions on the results of a survey of Grand Charity Stewards and the creation of a focus group to provide ongoing feedback from the Provinces to the MCF.

W Bro Alfie Buckland commented: ‘This was a very useful event, highlighting best practice nationally that we can use to become even more effective in Middlesex.

As Masons we are rightly proud of the contribution we make to charity and there are many people involved in making sure that the money makes its way from our wallets to where it is needed most. It was really useful to share experiences and hear insights into how we can continue to do this as efficiently as possible, so that Middlesex can continue to support the charities close to our hearts.

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