Charitable & Educational Trust
The Charitable & Educational Trust of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts supports various charitable organizations and causes, several in partnership with the National Sons of Italy Foundation.
Additionally, the Trust raises funds to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors as part of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts' annual Scholarship Program.
The Charitable & Educational Trust is the 501 (c)(3) charitable arm of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and donations are tax-deductible.
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for affected patients and their families, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
The Cooley's Anemia Foundation is dedicated to serving people afflicted with various forms of thalassemia, most notably the major form of this genetic blood disease, Cooley's anemia/thalassemia major, which most often occurs in people of Mediterranean descent. Their mission is to advance the treatment and cure for this fatal blood disease, enhance the quality of life for patients, and educate the medical profession, trait carriers, and the public about Cooley's anemia.
To collect, hold, own, maintain, preserve, and exhibit historical objects and artifacts relating to the lives of General Giuseppe Garibaldi and Antonio Meucci; promote an understanding of Italian-American heritage and a positive image of Italian-Americans; conduct educational, cultural, and artistic programming designed to eliminate ethnic and racial prejudice for a diverse and growing audience.
The Casa Monte Cassino provides free housing to families who come to the Boston area seeking medical treatment. The Casa helps visiting families navigate the city, provides assistance with transportation, and incorporates the cultural traditions of visiting families to make them feel more at home. The Casa also hosts events to connect with the doctors they frequently work with, and symposiums to explore the human side of medicine.
The Commission for Social Justice operates under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and as a subsidiary of the National Commission for Social Justice. It is the anti-defamation arm of the Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America, its main efforts include fighting the stereotyping of Italian Americans, and working to inform the media and general public about Italian American achievements, contributions, history, and culture.
Each year, the Scholarship Commission, through the Charitable & Educational Trust, awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors continuing their education in an accredited, four-year college or vocational/technical school. Several of our Filial Lodges also give scholarships through the Grand Lodge's scholarship program.