Washington Masonic Charities

Masons Care

University Place, WA   |  http://www.wa-masoniccharities.org

Mission

Washington Masonic Charities mission is to create a culture of philanthropy to invest in youth and education, provide comfort and support for seniors and those in need, and to preserve and share the Masonic heritage of Washington State.

Notes from the nonprofit

Washington Masonic Charities is the 501 (c) 3 charity of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington. Our three areas of focus reflect Masonic values: 1) Helping older adults and those in need remain independent so they can live meaningful, dignified lives. 2) Assisting young people with their education, including assistance for K-12 students experiencing homelessness, teaching young people skills needed in civil society, and providing scholarships for higher education. 3) Preserving and sharing Washington state's Masonic heritage. Washington Masonic Charities's services and programs are available to everyone in the state of Washington, regardless of whether or not they are a member of the Freemason fraternity or Masonic family. The values of Freemasons are the cornerstone upon which we build our programs.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Mr. Ken Gibson MNPL

Main address

PO Box 65830

University Place, WA 98464 USA

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EIN

91-1663363

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Washington Masonic charities addresses three core issues. 1. The need for older adults to have support for their aging in place needs 2. Helping youth experiencing homelessness succeed in school to mitigate potential dropping out 3. Teaching young people the skills necessary to collaborate and cooperate in a diverse world - civility

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Masonic Outreach Services

This programs purpose is to assist older adults and adults with functional and access needs to be able to live at home or in the place of their choosing with the maximum level of independence and dignity possible. The program assists individuals to make the transition to higher levels of care by providing planning support, information and referral and case management. In addition, this program assists with financial stabilization planning, benefits assistance, such as VA Aid and Attendance applications. This program provides limited emergency needs financial assistance as long as funding allows.

Population(s) Served

The primary program is research, curation of the documents, books, and photographic collections, as well as the objects related to the Masonic heritage of Washington. This includes exhibits, programs and availability for independent research by scholars and members of the public.

Population(s) Served

The Washington Masonic Charities Children's Program enhances education success for youth experiencing homelessness, provides training and skills development for civility, scholarships for disadvantaged, deserving students, andreading incentive programs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Committee on Planned Giving 2015

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Masonic Outreach Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of older adults being supported to live at home through home care, assistive technology, and/or personal support plans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Masonic Outreach Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate civic participation skills (e.g., compromise, perspective-taking)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Children's Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Children's Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. To assure that youth in our state have opportunities to learn and to be safe.
2. Aid seniors and those in need to age in place and make the transition to increased care with financial solvency and dignity.
3. The residents of and visitors to the State of Washington are aware of the influence of Freemasonry on political and social aspects of society.

1. Partnering with local schools, libraries and lodges to create local incentive programs that promote reading and literacy and to bring financial and other resources to children experiencing homelessness.
2. Focus on seniors and their family members/caregivers to identify individual goals and to help create and facilitate plans and their implementation to help seniors stay stable.
3. Utilizing the Washington Masonic Library & Museum to provide a research and education platform to teach about the Freemason influence on Washington State's history and civic institutions.

Capabilities include 7 employees in two offices, one in Western Washington, one in Eastern Washington. In addition, there are more than 50 volunteers actively engaged in the effort to work specifically on each of these items.

Progress is being made in all fronts. We have assisted more than 750 older adults in the past year successfully age in place - bringing a value of more than $5 million in services to families and older adults.
We have served 179 youth experiencing homelessness, helping them succeed in school.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have narrowed our focus and assistance for youth experiencing homelessness, in part as a result of this. Feed back has also helped us more clearly communicate with our constituents and clients.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Washington Masonic Charities

Board of directors
as of 9/24/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Larry Foley

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Term: 2018 - 2020

Rory Johnson

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Clint Brown

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Charles Wood

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James Kendall

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Don Campbell

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Ron Horn

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Larry Foley

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Bill Hubbard

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Cameron Bailey

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Edward Woods

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Chris Coffman

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable