The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada
The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada was established in 1964 “to promote charitable work within Canada including the relief of poverty and the advancement of education by making grants to educational or other charitable organization which carries on its work solely within Canada”.
Since its inception, The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation has been funded entirely by donations and bequests from members, families and friends of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada. Its inaugural donation was made to what was then known as the Canadian Association for Retarded Children specifically for the financing of a seminar to bring together leaders in the field of research in the problem of mental retardation, from across Canada and thus started the Foundation’s 50 years of support for research into the “Puzzles of the Mind”.
The Foundation ardently labours for the benefit of all Canadians, regardless of race or creed, with particular interest in funding medical research into areas including dyslexia and autism in children and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the aging population. Each year, the Foundation donates more than $420,000 in research grants to universities and research hospitals across Canada with the aim of discovering the causes and cures for these “Puzzles of the Mind”.
In addition, the Foundation supports its local Valleys to establish Learning Centres for Children with Dyslexia. The first Learning Centre opened in 2003 in London, Ontario, providing free, one-on-one tutoring to children with reading and comprehension difficulties associated with dyslexia. Now, with eight Learning Centres across Canada utilizing the Ortan-Gillingham method, The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation continues with its unique approach to freely helping children learn by tailoring to their individual needs.
Funding for The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation’s honourable endeavours is provided by an established endowment built, managed and supported by Scottish Rite Masons, family and friends as well as the general public. With their mission to fulfill their belief in benevolence and sharing of what they have with their fellow humans in need, the demand for Foundation funding far outstrips its means. As such, you may have been asked by your Scottish Rite friend, “Will you help us solve the “Puzzles of the Mind” with a donation?” The Foundation’s continued work and belief that the human mind is key to physical, mental and spiritual well-being is surely its lasting legacy.