Fulfilling Our Obligation
For nearly a half century, Kansas Masonic Foundation’s philanthropic efforts have been funding effective programs that both embody and encourage the power of cooperation. Generous gifts of $600,000 from the Edward and Bernice Seidel Trust as well as $160,000 from the Grand Lodge paved the way in 2013 to create this new initiative – a $1.5 million Freemasons Endowment for the Fulfilling Our Obligation program.
In the past, we learned of a brother’s family in need and quietly put together some money to help, perhaps by passing the hat at the local lodge. But frequently, more resources are deserved and that’s where the Fulfilling Our Obligation program comes in, by giving us the opportunity to leverage our good works and give even more. Together, we can make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of our brothers, widows, and orphans – when they need us most.
When the Kansas Masonic Foundation approved the creation of this new endowment, President Michael J. Tavares said, “KMF has been working closely with the Grand Lodge to develop this program to help out our Kansas Brothers and their families in time of need. When we became Masons, we all made a promise as part of our obligation to help out exactly these groups of people. This program will help us live up to that promise.”
To apply for funds from this matching program, please contact your local Lodge.
Annually since 2014 proceeds from the auction, held during the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Kansas, have benefited Kansas Masons, their widows and orphans through the Fulfilling our Obligation Endowment. This years proceeds will benefit the newly created Almoner’s Fund.
The 8th Annual Online Auction will consist of a silent and live auction. The silent auction will take place at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka on Thursday, March 18, 2021 and will close at 6:00pm on Friday, March 19, 2021. The live auction will take place during the All Masonic Banquet on Friday, March 19, 2021. To donate an item, click the link below.