Members and Friends can give in these extraordinary ways!
The Humanitarian Foundation is the official charity of Grottoes International. Created in 1949 by the Supreme Council of the Grottoes International, the Foundation conducts the Dental Program for Special Needs Children for the Grottoes.
Prophets (Grotto Members) and their friends are encouraged to help continue the work with children who have cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, mental retardation, Down syndrome and organ transplant by supporting the Enchanted Lantern Society, Fairchild Society, and Legacy Society.
In the early days of the Grotto, members would hang a red railroad lantern in the window to indicate the location of their next meeting. This history of the lantern was not forgotten when, in 1953, the Grottoes adopted the “Enchanted Lantern” as their emblem to represent each contribution of $50 or more.
The annual sale of Enchanted Lanterns to Grotto members has become the backbone of the Humanitarian Foundation’s fund raising efforts for nearly 60 years.
Donations support the Dental Program through the Endowment Program.
A commitment to the Fairchild Society creates smiles for more children each year. A healthy Fairchild Society ensures the healthy growth over time of the Humanitarian Foundation and helps us our reach our goal of serving more children.
On September 10, 1889, in Hamilton, New York, LeRoy Fairchild and friends held the first meeting of an organization that would become Grottoes International. It is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.
The Fairchild Society is a donor program established by Grotto members. Named for the Grottoes’ chief founder LeRoy Fairchild, the Society offers a variety of gift levels from which to choose and corresponding membership pins.
“The Humanitarian Foundation Supreme Council had unrestricted financial reserves of $5,564,566 in 2014, approximately 4.4 times the $1,264,499 in total expenses for the same year. But, the foundation uses interest only to cover dental treatment and administrative expenses.”