The Alexandria – Washington Lodge, No. 22, Foundation, Inc., has been established to support specific operations of the Lodge and preservation of our museum collection. This is an exciting first step toward elevating our museum collection to the level of scholarship and care worthy of the many important Washington, Early American, and Masonic artifacts that we possess. The Foundation provides an avenue for tax-deductible donations to the Lodge, establishes a 501(c)3 status that will allow us to apply for grants, and demonstrates our willingness to further invest in the health and future of the Lodge.
As a tax-exempt charitable foundation with purposes that include museum artifact preservation, education, and scholarship, the Foundation may compete with other like organizations for grants that fund specific projects. Preservation of certain types of artifacts, digitization of historical records, and educational programs are all causes supported by numerous national and international grant making organizations. Being able to compete and receive these funds increases our ability to not only safeguard our invaluable collection, but also to get it out into the world, raising awareness of Washington, Freemasonry, and Alexandria – Washington Lodge, No. 22.
The current Lodge endowment supports regular Lodge operations. However, the annual endowment draw is only one third of our yearly operational budget. Funds for projects like the restoration of the G over the Master’s chair, evaluation of art hanging in various spaces throughout the Memorial, and development of educational programs beyond our membership can be both significant in amount and outside of our normal budget. The establishment of the Foundation ensures that neither normal or special operations will have to suffer from lack of funding. The Lodge will be able to do more, engage more, and support more. We are at the beginning of an exciting new era at AW22.
The Lodge and the Foundation Board of Directors seek your involvement and engagement. Join us in preserving our past and enshrining our legacy. Become one of the many stones that will make this living temple shine generation after generation. Donate today!
Establishing the Foundation with a significant principal endowment will ensure its continued success. Those donors contributing $1,000 or more before the Foundation’s third birthday (April 2023) will be included among its charter members. Masons do not require recognition to give charitably but demonstrating the Lodge’s support of the Foundation will be inspirational for future supporters. Help lay the foundation for the magnificent temple we will build together as a charter member. Click here to Donate.
Every contribution counts. Every donor counts. To encourage support from all members, the Cornerstone Club has been established as a means of contributing incrementally over time. Enrollees in the Cornerstone Club may make a single annual contribution of $240 or allow automatic monthly withdrawals or credit card payments of $20.23. These values have greater meanings: while celebrating the Cornerstone Centennial in 2023, the Lodge will also be celebrating its 240th birthday. Everyone has the ability to support the Foundation and lead by example through their membership in the Cornerstone Club. Click here to Donate.
Wor. Jesse T. McMahan, PM 2005 and a Charter Director on the Foundation Board, challenges the Lodge to follow his lead in giving. In addition to his significant gift to the Foundation last year, he will match, dollar for dollar, every contribution made up to $10,000! Wor. McMahan’s generous contribution is rooted in a desire to ensure the Lodge collection is preserved and that it is used to educate. He believes in spreading the Light of Freemasonry to the world and calls on every member to join him in the same. Click here to Donate.
The Foundation is still in its infancy and not yet distributing grants; however, once threshold funds have been raised, efforts will begin to preserve the Lodge collection and improve educational programming. In time, the Foundation will welcome proposals from members for their own initiatives to tell the AW22 and Washington stories while educating the greater public on Freemasonry. This section of the website will, when grants can be issued, have information on submitting proposals and the outline the Board of Directors methodology for awards.
There is much work to be done, but it is work that is definitely worth doing. Please reach out to one of the Foundation’s Directors or Officers if you have any questions or would like to learn more. Foundation Directors are elected from the Lodge membership for five-year terms. Directors have voting rights and Officers support regular operations.