Volune LIIIJanuary 2006Number 1

Preserving Our Masonic Heritage

The Masonic Temple in Philadelphia stands as a significant symbol of Masonic heritage to Pennsylvania Freemasons and Freemasons around the world. Ours is the grandest Masonic Temple in the western hemisphere and unlike anything else in the nation, or the world, according to architects and artists, structural engineers and scholars.

More than 132 years old, the Temple is in need of significant funding to strengthen its permanent endowment fund and to complete essential interior and exterior restorations, refurbishments and renovations. Freemasons and friends interested in making a difference by helping to preserve this magnificent structure for future generations are invited to consider an outright or planned gift to the Masonic Temple's Gold Book Society Fund and/or its Philanthropic Endowment Society Fund. Gifts to the Gold Book Society Fund are used, principal and interest, to maintain and preserve the Temple.

Gifts to the Philanthropic Endowment Society Fund become a permanent part of the Temple's endowment fund where only the interest generated by the fund is used to preserve and protect the Temple. Many fitting opportunities currently exist to honor or remember loved family members or persons held in respect and esteem.

While outright gifts best enable the Temple's pressing physical needs to be addressed, planned gifts such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, pooled income funds and bequests help to build the Temple's endowment while at the same time affording donors opportunities to realize important personal goals and objectives. The donors of a gift annuity, for example, can choose to start receiving payments in the year their annuity is funded or to defer such payments until a future time ...perhaps to increase income during their retirement years.

To learn more about the benefits you might realize from an outright or planned gift in support of the Masonic Temple, in complete confidence and at no cost or obligation, simply complete and return the accompanying response form or call to speak with one of our Office of Gift Planning staff members in the geographical region nearest you:

Central Pennsylvania
717) 367-1121, ext. 33460
or (800) 599-6454
    Western Pennsylvania
(412) 741-1400, ext. 3011
or (866) 872-0664
Eastern Pennsylvania
610) 825-6100, ext. 1348
(800) 599-6454

Sample Gift Annuity Payment Rates*:
656.0%60 & 655.5%
706.5%65 & 705.7%
757.1%70 & 756.1%
808.0%75 & 806.6%
859.5%80 & 857.3%
*Rates recommended by the American Council on Gift Annuities, effective July 1, 2004. Two-life rates are less due to added life expectancy.

The official registration and financial information for any of the Masonic Charities may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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