Volume LIXMay 2012Number 2

Mission of Love Indeed!

Everyone connected with Freemasonry in Pennsylvania can take tremendous pride in the Masonic Village's Mission of Love. It has over a century-long record of compassion and practical help that is matched by few charities.

Visionary Masonic leaders in the early 20th century created the Mission of Love as the expression of the fraternity's values of brotherly love, charity and truth. Holding fast to these values, generations of donors have stepped forward to support the Mission of Love.

The cornerstone has always been compassionate caring for the dignity of human beings. This has taken practical form over the years in a range of charities, including the Masonic Villages and Masonic Children's Home. These have made a difference in thousands of lives, and continue to do so day in and day out.

For a resident of the Masonic Villages whose funds have been depleted, the Mission of Love provides dignified living. For a resident needing health care who lacks the resources to pay, it enables the highest quality care. For a child whose future is in doubt, the Masonic Children's Home is truly a life giver. These Masonic Villages examples are but a few of the many ways that the Mission of Love reaches into lives, and helps where needed most.

As a major charity under the Mission of Love, the Masonic Villages must be an excellent steward of donors' contributions. It must be financially healthy, accountable and transparent in its operations. In these criteria, Masonic Villages is proud to have received the highest rating of "Exceptional" from Charity Navigator, America's leading independent charity evaluator. This rating means "Exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause."

From the beginning, the Masonic Homes, as the jewel in the Mission of Love crown, was a whole fraternity effort. As the Committee on Masonic Homes wrote in 1909, "... we solicit the zealous co-operation of the whole fraternity ... (to) present to each other and the world the highest development of our fraternity and philanthropy."

Today thousands of donors, through outright contributions, gifts that pay lifetime income to donors or planned gifts such as bequests, continue to support the Mission of Love through the Masonic Villages and Masonic Children's Home. In doing so, they demonstrate the importance in their own lives of this principal Masonic value, and help to ensure its continuation after our generations pass.

When preparing your estate plan or changing your will, please consider supporting the Mission of Love by including the Masonic Villages or Masonic Children's Home for a charitable bequest. For information on how to do this, please call us at 800-599-6454, email giving@masonicvillagespa.org, or visit www.masonicvillagespa.org/giftplanning.php. Knowledgeable staff are available to listen and respond to any questions you may have.

Thank you!

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