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Masonic Charitable Foundation, Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ is a Data Controller and in the execution of our legitimate business interests we may hold and process personal information about you or from which we can identify you.

This Privacy Notice describes how we deal with any personal information that you give to us or any that we may hold about you. Our Data Protection Lead can be contacted at any time, including if you have questions about this Privacy Notice, or wish to exercise any rights contained in it.

The MCF is committed to ensuring the privacy of the personal information we collect from our donors. This Privacy Notice sets out how the MCF protects personal and any other information provided in both paper and electronic formats.

Purpose for processing personal information

Our legal basis for collecting, processing and sharing personal information as described below is based on the legitimate interest of the MCF. To provide you with the services and information you request and for administration and processing purposes, including donations, gift aid tax reclaim, honorifics/patronage, statutory and compliance monitoring.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation acts as the Data Controller for these purposes.

What personal information we may collect

How we collect your personal information

Why we need to collect your personal information and how it is used by the MCF

Sharing your personal information

The MCF will not sell, share or distribute your personal information to any third party for marketing purposes. We will not use or share your personal data except for the legitimate purposes specified below.

We may share your personal information with

Safeguarding your personal information

All personal and other information collected from donors is stored securely by the MCF according to the MCF Retention Schedule. The records are only kept as long as the MCF is legally required to. Each set of information is retained in accordance with the statutory and regulatory requirements and is destroyed securely at the end of the retention period.

Personal and other information collected is not transferred overseas and the servers are located in the U.K.

The MCF staff is trained to handle personal data in accordance with appropriate data protection policies and procedures.

Your personal information and your rights/accessing and updating your personal information

Our third party data processors

The MCF may receive your personal information from third parties such as Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Just Giving, Givetap etc. who share information with us in order for us to process your donation. These independent third parties will only do so when you have indicated that you wish to support the MCF.

Use of cookies

‘Cookies’ are small pieces of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information from the browser.

There are two types of cookies used on our website:


Cookie Domain Description Duration Type
_ga This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors. 2 years Analytics
_ga_<container-id> This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is performing. It is also used to keep the session state persistent. The data collected includes the number of visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form. 2 years Analytics
__cfduid The cookie is used by cdn services like CloudFlare to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. It does not correspond to any user ID in the web application and does not store any personally identifiable information. 30 days Necessary
moove_gdpr_popup This cookie confirms the cookie settings the visitor has chosen when approving / declining cookies within their browser when using our website’s cookie banner. 1 year Necessary
wordpress_test_cookie This cookie is installed by WordPress to test whether cookies are enabled within the browser. 1 session Necessary
__cf_bm The cookie is used by CloudFlare to read and filter requests from internet bots which could attempt to automate actions on your website. 30 minutes Necessary


We do not use third-party retargeting cookies that are used for advertising.

Updating Privacy Notice

We may update or amend this Privacy Notice from time to time, to comply with law or to meet our changing business requirements. When we update our Privacy Notice, we will take appropriate measures to inform you, consistent with the significance of the changes we make. Any updates or amendments will be posted on the MCF website

How to contact us

If you have any questions about how we process your data or would like more information then please contact us.

John McCrohan, Operations Director, Data Protection Lead

Masonic Charitable Foundation

Freemasons’ Hall

60 Great Queen Street London


Telephone number: 020 3146 3333 / Email address:

This Notice was reviewed and updated on 14 December 2021.