As Freemasons, charity forms an important principal of our Order and one of our main objectives is to make significant donations to various Non-Masonic and Masonic charities. To achieve this, funds are raised by individual Lodges who organise a variety of different activities such as golf days, bowls days, social functions etc. The funds raised by the Lodges for charitable purposes are then forwarded onto to the District to be administered by the Board of General Purposes, a committee comprising 21 members appointed in terms of the District’s by-laws. The Board ensures there is good governance regarding the allocation of charitable donations. The administration of the funds is overseen by a Chartered Accountant with regular reports for approval by the Board and its accounts are subject to annual audit.
Donations to the DGLSAN are tax deductible in the hands of the donors and are subject to the limitations prescribed in section 18A of the Income Tax Act. Donations made to or by the DGLSAN are exempt from Donations Tax in terms of section 56(1)(h) of the Income Tax Act.
Over the past 20 years, donations of more than R25 million have been made by the District Grand Lodge of South Africa, North and its Lodges.