About the Foundation


Background of the Foundation

The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada is a private charitable Foundation registered with Revenue Canada under Letters Patent of Incorporation (1964), funded by donations and bequests from the 26,000 members of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada. The Foundation labours for the benefit of all Canadians, regardless of race or creed. Over the years millions of dollars have been disbursed to assist dedicated researchers in a search for the causes and cure of cognitive impairment. The Foundation is governed by the Officers and Directors.

The Work of the Foundation

The aim of the Foundation as listed in the Letters Patent is to “make grants for charitable purposes to any educational or other charitable organizations, which carries on its work solely within Canada”.

The Foundation has been, since its conception, and continues to be, an example of benevolence without ostentation and assistance without self-interest.

From its incorporation, the Foundation has concentrated its efforts in support of research into the causes of and hopefully, the eventual cure of cognitive impairment, especially as it affects children and persons of advanced years in the form of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Foundation concentrates its assistance in focused areas of research into the causes of intellectual impairment. Research grants support research into the causes of the disease as opposed to active treatment or palliative care. Graduate Student awards may also support research into active treatment or palliative care.

The Scottish Rite Foundation Logo


The logo of the Scottish Rite Foundation combines two elements: the Masonic triangle and a maze containing a stylized human form. The triangle is a symbol of the Deity used around the world. The maze symbolizes the complex road to unravelling the puzzles of cognitive impairment. The stylized human at the end of the maze suggests the perfectibility of humankind.

The Grants and Awards Programme

The Grants and Awards Committee of the Foundation annually approves the awarding of over $440,000 in major research grants in support of studies relating to intellectual impairment.The Awards Program focuses it’s funding on approximately 12 Research Grants of $40,000 per year for up to 3 years to support Biomedical research into Puzzles of the Mind especially as it affects children and the causes and cure of Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

For more detailed information and the application form for the Major Grant Program click on the link.

The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre for Children

learning_centres_CMYKThe Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation developed its Learning Centres program based on the long and successful experience of the US Scottish Rite jurisdictions, where over 200 Centres are now in operation. The Canadian program is based on the one in the Rite’s Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, which addressed the remedial tutoring of children with dyslexia. For more information on this program just click on the following link to be taken to the Learning Centres.