St. Paul's No. 374 E.R. Charity Trust
St. Paul’s Lodge Charity Trust has been registered since 1992 as a Public Foundation and has obtained a charity number from both Revenue Canada and Revenue Quebec. It was created primarily for the benefit of members; to be able to issue receipts for charities received which will be deductible from their income taxes.
Since the inception of the Trust it has received donations from and through St. Paul’s Lodge No. 374, St. Paul’s Chapter No. 374, St. Paul’s Mark Lodge No. 131 and St. George’s Lodge No. 440, exceeding $76,000 and the disbursements by the Trust to charities have exceeded $60,000. The principal recipient over the years has been Montreal Hospital Foundation, to which the charity has donated $24,550. Since St. Paul’s moved to Harmony Hall on the West Island our pattern of donations to other charities has shifted, primarily involving Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation, the West Island Palliative Care Residence, Vaudreuil Soulanges Health Care Foundation, Quebec Veteran’s Hospital and the Lachine food bank.
In response to the disaster in Haiti the Trust disbursed $3,000 in 2010 to the Canadian Red Cross to be matched by the Canadian Government.
In September 2013 to mark the occasion of the Shriner's Hospital Cornerstone Laying Ceremony a special donation was made of $2,000 to the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Montreal by the Trust on behalf of St. Paul's Lodge and St. George's Lodge.
In November 2013 in response to super typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines the trust disbursed $1,000 to GlobalMedic to be matched by the Canadian Government.
In response to the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon in August 2020 the trust collected donations amounting to $5,552.25 for the Canadian Red Cross from the Lodge benevolent fund and members and brethren from different jurisdictions, following lectures presented by the WM. Companies donated to our trust through the Benevity platform such as RBC, Bell Canada, Sunlife and many others.
The Charity Trust is administered by five trustees appointed annually; three by the Craft Lodge, one by the Chapter and one by the Mark Lodge. The Trust operates with a minimum of expenses for banking; stamps and stationery are provided free by the Lodge. Your efforts to support this good work will be gratefully received by the trustees and diligently remitted to best help our community and other emergencies.
Since the suspension of our Lodge and Chapter meetings due to the coronavirus pandemic and for future use, we have set-up a separate email account linked to our St. Paul’s Lodge No. 374 Charity Trust bank account. Donations can be made directly by interac e-transfer to email@example.com - no password required. Tax receipts for the government will be available early next year.
Current Trustees -2020:
BN/registration 892290560 RR 0001
A Public Foundation