Policy on Charitable Donations
Albuquerque Lodge 60
July 10, 2013
Tiers of awards
Funds budgeted for charitable donations will be divided into three tiers:
- Up to 60% of the funds will be awarded to a single proposal, chosen from proposals submitted by February 1 each year. By the March meeting, the Charity Committee will recommend this donation to the lodge for approval. At any time, the committee may present two or more “competing” proposals for the lodge to choose among. Unfunded proposals may be carried over for future consideration, both for the following year’s 60% donation and for smaller donations.
- Up to 30% of the funds will be awarded in three donations of 10% each, chosen from proposals submitted by February 1 , June 1, and October 1. By the following months’ meetings, the Charity Committee will recommend these donations to the lodge for approval. At any time, the committee may present two or more “competing” proposals for the lodge to choose among. Unfunded proposals may be carried forward for future consideration.
- Up to 10% of the funds will be awarded to proposals from lodge members throughout the year. The Charity Committee will recommend these donations to the Master and Wardens for approval. These donations will be reported to the lodge.
Unspent funds in any year may be carried over to the next year.
First-tier and second-tier proposals not recommended by the Charity Committee for funding will be announced, but not debated, in lodge, and may be returned to the committee for reconsideration.
At any time the committee may propose, for lodge approval, a larger donation than one of the three amounts above. Any unspent funds may be carried forward.
Requirements for proposals
- Proposals must be submitted in writing to the Charity Committee. No requests may be made at lodge meetings, or approved without being referred to that committee.
- To qualify for a first-tier or second-tier donation, the applicant must provide:
To qualify for a third-tier donation, an applicant need not be a 501(c) organization, and need not provide a balance sheet and income statement. However, it must show a plan of how the money will be used.
All donations must go toward helping people, not animals.
Donations to organizations must be one-time gifts to help the organization become more effective, efficient, or self-supporting, not to support its administrative costs or ongoing expenses.
Masonic lodges and appendant bodies may be considered for donations.
Activities supported by religious organizations may be considered only if
- proof of its status as a 501(c) organizations
- a balance sheet and income statement
- a plan of how the money will be used
- a receipt for any donation
- the activity benefits those of any (or no) religious belief, not just the members of the supporting religious organization(s)
- the activity has no sectarian religious purpose or content
- funds for the activity and funds for other operations of the supporting religious organization(s) are kept entirely separate
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