Frequently Asked Questions
How can I help our Masonic widows and orphans?
Spread the word about the Funds existence by talking about it with your fellow Brethren; both in and out of Lodge. You should print a few copies of the information and membership application and take them to Lodge with you.
What can I do to help support the Fund?
Recruit new members. You can solicit membership! Talk about it in Lodge. You should print a few copies of the information and membership application and take them to Lodge with you.
Do I need to be a member of a Lodge in the listed Masonic Districts? (No)
No, you only need to reside (live) within the jurisdiction of one of the Districts. You can be a member of any recognized Lodge in the World.
Where can I get a list of Masonic District locations?
Click Here to see a list of Divisions, Regions, and Districts of the Grand Lodge A.F & A.M. of Virginia.
Are there age restrictions? (No)
There are no age restrictions for membership. You can join at any age. Once you are a member, you will remain a member no matter how old you get.
If I move to anther state, and also move my Masonic membership to a Lodge in a different state, can I still maintain my membership? (Yes)
Yes, to join The Masonic Benefit Fund you must be a Master Mason in good standing in a Masonic Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Virginia. You also must be living within the Virginia Masonic Districts 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10. After you are accepted as a member of the fund you may remain a member as long as you remain a Master Mason in good standing in a Masonic Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Virginia. You must be up-to-date on payment of your assessments as well. You may move to another state, or out of the country if you wish. You may change your Lodge affiliation, if you wish, as long as your new Lodge is recognized by the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Virginia. We ask that you keep us informed as to your correct mailing address, email address (if you have one), and your telephone number(s). If you change your Lodge affiliation; we need to know your new Lodge and Jurisdiction.
How and When does the beneficiary receive the benefits?
The Secretary-Treasurer of the Fund mails or hand delivers a check in person to the beneficiary within days of being notified of the passing. In order to assure that your Death Benefits are paid, you need to 1) Assure that the executor of your estate or your designated Beneficiary knows how to inform us when you die (2) Informs us of any changes you wish to make regarding your Beneficiary (3) Keep the Fund updated with your mailing address, email address, and telephone number(s) of your Beneficiary 4) In order to receive benefits a member must have been a member for a minimum of one year and current on his assessments.
How many Fund members are there?
As of March 2012 there were about 574 members. At onetime membership was around 2,000. The main reason for the decline in membership has been the lack of knowledge that "The Masonic Benefit Fund" even exist. We are now once again spreading the word about this great benefit.
When a member passes and I get assessed $3.00; why is only $2.50 given to the beneficiary?
The extra 50 cents is needed to defray the cost of sending out the notices, postage, printing, and supplies.
Does the Fund get audited? (Yes)
Yes, The Fund is audited each year and also files a 990 form with the IRS.
How much does it cost to be a member of the Fund? ($10*)
There is an Initiation fee of $10.00 for new members. Member assessments are $3.00 for each member of the Fund that passes. Assessments are billed after ten (10) brothers have passed, typically $30. Or annually. See About page.
Can I pay by Credit Card? (Yes)
Where do I mail my assessment payments to?
Payments are mailed to the Funds Secretary-Treasurer. See the Contact page.
Will I be notified when a member passes? (Yes)
Yes, about 4 times per year or when 12 Fund members have passed you will receive a list naming all members who have passed along with your assessment.
Are the assessment taxes deductible? (No)
No, The Masonic Benefit Fund is a 501(c)(8) IRS registered non-profit origination.
Can I change the beneficiary? (Yes)
Yes, you should make sure the beneficiary information stays accurate by contacting the Secretary-Treasurer of the Fund. In order to assure that your Death Benefits are paid, you need to (1) Assure that the executor of your estate or your designated Beneficiary knows how to inform us when you die (2) Informs us of any changes you wish to make regarding your Beneficiary (3) Updates the mailing address, email address, and telephone number(s) of your Beneficiary (4) You need to stay on top of assessment payments.
How do I change my beneficiary?
You must provide the name and contact information of your beneficiary to the Funds Secretary-Treasurer. See the Contact page.
Can I cancel my membership in the Fund? (Yes)
Yes, at anytime by contacting the Secretary-Treasurer of the Fund. See Contact page.
Can I pay for and enroll another member besides myself? (No)
No, Membership cannot be applied for by a 3rd party. See by-laws, section 3.
How long do I have to pay an assessment for? (30 Days)
30 days, see by-laws: section 5.
Does The Masonic Benefit Fund have meetings? (Yes)
Yes, see by-laws: section 2.
This website and/or documents may have typos or be out-of-date, any discrepancy will be decided at a meeting by the Officers.