Charity is one of the benchmarks of Freemasonry and, particularly, Royal Arch Masonry. Grand Chapter of New York, Royal Arch Masons, sponsors three charities.
The Royal Arch Scholarship Fund, the Royal Arch Medical Research Foundation, Inc.,, and the Medical Relief Fund have, collectively, over the past several years realized annual donations approaching $100,000 thanks to the generosity of our Companions. Our total charitable donations rank in the millions. The Zerubbabel Society, while not a separate charitable entity, was created several years ago as a means to donate to the charity of your choice in a gradual and consistent manner.
ROYAL ARCH SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Royal Arch Scholarship Fund provides scholarships of $500-$1000 to wives, children, grandchildren, and family members of Royal Arch Companions. Funding is through the Zerubbabel Society memberships and directly via the twice-yearly fundraising of the Charities Committee. Those seeking scholarships are requested to complete the online form or print and submit the form via mail. The forms should be submitted between January 1st and June 5th each year. Scholarships are awarded on academic achievement, character, and financial need. Forms submitted by mail may be sent to:
Grand Chapter State of New York
RAM Scholarship Committee
2150 Bleecker Street
Utica, N.Y. 13501-1788
To avoid any possibility of favoritism, the applications are assigned a number so that the Committee is unaware of whom they are considering. The scholarships are presented in July at several locations throughout NYS in tandem with the Grand Lodge of NY scholarships.
Please follow the directions found on the link on this page carefully and submit by the June 5th deadline. Incomplete applications will be automatically rejected.
MEDICAL RELIEF FUND
This Fund, formerly called the Diseases of the Lungs Fund, was initially set up to help those suffering from the effects of illnesses associated with such professions as mining and trades involving the use of asbestos. However, since those professions are no longer prominent in our State, the focus on this fund has expanded to any diseases – including cancer – which affect the lungs. It is available to any Companion or direct family who is in financial need due to the costs associated with such a disease, including transportation to and from hospital, CPAP equipment, nursing visits and similar needs. This fund is paid as a monthly grant, and the individual’s situation is reviewed on an annual basis. A couple of years ago this charity funded the installation of an oxygen system to all the beds in the hospital facility. Anyone who knows of a Companion suffering from any disease affecting the lungs is encouraged to bring it to the attention of their High Priest, who can find the necessary forms on our website and begin the process to bring a measure of financial relief to him and his family. It is expected that this fund will further broaden its scope over time, subject to legal restrictions on use. If a New York Companion or a member of a New York Companion’s immediate family might benefit from this fund, please download the form on this page, complete it and submit it to your High Priest..
THE ROYAL ARCH MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION, Inc.
The Royal Arch Medical Research Foundation, Inc., was created to support charitable activity directed at the world renowned Masonic Medical Research Institute located in Utica, New York.
Over the years, the Royal Arch Medical Research Foundation, Inc., has provided substantial monies and ongoing support for research labs, expansion programs and equipment. The foundation was primarily responsible for the construction of the two-story Royal Arch Medical Research Wing.
Companions should consider the Royal Arch Medical Research Foundation, Inc. as part of their charitable giving each year. Grand Chapter receives donations through direct mailings and focus campaigns as well as participating donations ear-marked through the Zerubbabel Society.
THE ZERUBBABEL SOCIETY
The Zerubbabel Society was founded several years ago to facilitate a way to contribute to the charity of your choice while enjoying the added benefit of being a member of a unique and special group of Royal Arch Masons. A Companion must commit to donating $1000 at the rate of $100 per year for 10 years. He may also make the donation in its entirety if he so chooses.
As an incentive, the new Zerubbabel Society member is presented with an attractive jewel which may be worn at all Royal Arch function as well as a pin which may be worn as part of the jewel or by itself. The pin contains a ruby-like stone and upon completion of the $1000 pledge, is replaced by a diamond-like stone. For each $1000 donation, another diamond-like stone is displayed on the pin. Look carefully as you might meet generous Companions with pins displaying 7 or 8 diamonds! Each year at the Annual Communication in March, before the GHP Banquet, a private cocktail reception is held for Zerubbabel Society members. This is a wonderful event full of like-minded Companions who can socialize and share their Royal Arch experiences in an intimate setting. The prestigious event alone has been responsible for generating a very respectable cash flow for our charities. Also becoming quite popular is for an individual Chapter to become a Zerubbabel Society member. By doing so, the High Priest representing the Chapter at the Grand Convocation may attend the private reception on behalf of his Chapter.
To become a member, simply download and complete the form on this page and send it with your first installment to the Grand Secretary’s office in Utica. A Grand Line officer will then attend your Chapter and present you with your jewel and pin.
Click here for the Zerubbabel Society Form
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
Twice each year the Royal Arch Charity Chairman will send a letter to each Companion soliciting donations. Fulfillment gifts for donations of $100, $250, $500, & $1000 are offered, or you may choose to opt-out of the gift and have 100% of your donation utilized.
Note* Payments for your Zerubbabel commitment are eligible for any Grand Chapter fulfillment gift equal in value to the amount of money contributed during that particular calendar year. (For example‐If you donate $500.00 for this year, you are entitled to receive the $500.00 fulfillment gift for this year unless you choose not to).
Perhaps attend a charity event in your District. Check with your D.D.G.H.P. or District Charity Chairman for events in your District. You may earmark your donation for a specific charity, or have it allocated by the GHP to a charity that may have special needs. You might also consider speaking with your financial advisor about the tax benefits of planned giving such as; IRA Charitable Rollovers, Memorials and Honoraria, or Stocks and Bonds. Small or large, every penny helps us support our Companions and their families in need.
A newly added credit card link is now up and working on the Charities webpage for your convenience. No checks. No stamps. Just doing what Royal Arch Masons do—helping others!