The Benevolent Foundation fund was created by the Washington Grand Court and consists of two sections. One is comprised of all funds in the Amaranth Benevolent Foundation and the second section is known as the Emergency Fund. This section receives all interest earnings from the permanent fund.
As to where the money comes from for the permanent fund, each court is assessed ten cents for each of their members, based on the year-end report. Also, any gifts, donations, or bequests and endowments from court members or other persons or corporations, are deposited in the permanent fund and/or Lois Levine fund.
There is also a fund that is administered by the Benevolent Committee and that is the Lois Levine foundation which is to be used for the relief of members suffering from Cancer.
The interest earnings only of the permanent (emergency fund) are to be used for the relief of members of subordinate courts or their minor children. All disbursements must be authorized by a majority of the Executive Board which is composed of three members, one of which is elected each year at the Grand Court Session.
To assist the Executive Board in identifying members needing assistance the Grand Court is broken up into eight districts and courts within each District elects an area Director for a three-year term. To help the area Directors, if you know of a member needing assistance, please let them know, remember we cannot help unless we know there is a need for it. Assistance is given confidentially and we believe it has been maintained through the years.