Don’t you have to be wealthy to join?
Apart from being able to afford the one off joining fee and annual subscription fee, wealth is not a consideration in Freemasonry.
How much does it cost to join?
The one-off joining fee and annual subscription vary depending on the type of Lodge. Some Lodges have particular interests such as history, research, and dining. For instance Dining Lodges have larger catering costs, so fees are higher, joining fees vary between $100 and $300, and annual subscriptions between $300 and $1,000.
Do you tithe or have to give to the organisation and charity?
Freemasonry does not do tithing or pressure members to contribute money to charity. Generally Freemasons contribute through a combination of time, skill and money.
How come Freemasons Charity has so much money?
The charitable arm of Freemasons is The Freemasons Charity. This charity has built up reserves from money continually given by Freemasons as well as bequests from Freemasons. Over the 150 or so years Freemasonry has been part of the New Zealand community it has been financially careful with its charitable funds.
The charity’s funds are used in a variety of local and national charitable projects.
Do Freemasons get special treatment from some banks?
Freemasons New Zealand maintains a Freemasons Deposit Scheme, operated by Heartland Bank. This scheme may attract a slightly higher interest rate than other commercial banks. Currently the Scheme holds 2,500 accounts.
Can a person who is a member of a Freemason’s family get the same interest rates?
Anyone who is a member of a Freemason’s family can get the same interest rates.
In their will, does a Freemason have to leave money or a proportion of their estate to the organisation?
Freemasonry does not expect or force any member to bequest their money or property to another Freemason or to the organisation. Over the years some Freemasons have bequeathed money to specific charitable purposes within Freemasonry or to The Freemasons Charity. Any bequest is a member’s personal decision.