Five years Five years of impact

The impact of our first five-year strategy

Supporting Freemasons and their families

in grants awarded

households supported

children supported

grants given

people helped

66+ years old beneficiaries supported

gender split

59% male     41% female

Beneficiaries’ age analysis

The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) is the official measure of relative deprivation in 32,844 small areas or neighbourhoods in England. We wanted to know how our beneficiaries in England were categorised in the index to understand whether we are directing our support to the most deprived, as might be assumed.

23 per cent of the total value of our grants over five years supported people living in the most deprived areas. Although it might appear that we are not directing enough of our support to those in the most deprived areas, this is a reflection that the levels of household income and savings we allow a beneficiary to hold is higher than most grantmaking charities and therefore our beneficiaries may live in more affluent areas. We also have a separate and more generous financial test for our health, care and wellbeing support which are included here.

Proportion of total grant value by financial year by deprivation indices


Proportion of grants by household
type and deprivation indicies


The people behind the numbers

A young swimmer that is reaching his full potential in the sport; a Fundraising and Communications Manager tells how the MCF supported their charity; and a volunteer speaks about how they play an important role in helping others in need.

When analysing our support by age group we can see that we have been increasing our support to younger people aged 18 or under and our support to those aged over 85 has reduced.

Proportion of beneficiaries by
age and financial year

The majority of our grants each year are consistently directed to those in financial crisis. We saw a fall in support for health care needs during the pandemic which rebounded significantly in 2022. 

Proportion of grants by per year grant type and financial year


We learnt that we have awarded larger grants to working age households, many of which will have children and therefore higher living costs. We know that many of these households struggle to make ends meet.

Proportion of grants by household type and deprivation indicies


We identified that only 33 per cent of pensioners we supported were in the lowest Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index (IDAOPI). We are using insights such as these to reflect on how we target our support in different ways to make sure we are reaching people most in need and making a positive difference.

Proportion of pensioners by family status and
Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index


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