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The Mark Benevolent Fund is more vital and relevant today than at any period since its inception in 1868. It provides rapid financial support to the most deserving. The Mark benevolent fund is administered from Mark Masons Hall and the beneficiaries fall into two categories: “Worthy Causes” and Petition Relief”.

The Worthy Causes Committee meets two or three times a year to examine applications received from individual registered Charities looking for financial support or from Provinces and or Districts which may wish to support suitable registered Charities.

Major grants are made by this Committee to a wide range of qualified causes such as the R.N.L.I. and Shelter Boxes for the Haitian earthquake. The fund does not disburse funds for staffing costs, but supplies equipment and humanitarian relief. Since the start of this century, the fund has made over 145 grants totaling just short of £13 Million. These include grants of £1.4 Million to Barts Cancer Hospital in 2010, £1.6 Million R.N.L.I. – Tamar Lifeboat in 2008, £3 Million The Royal Life Saving Society in 2006 and over £2 Million to Prostate Cancer Care in 2004.