By-Law 9 of the Craft's
Constitution declares that the funds of the Incorporation are to be
exclusively appropriated to charitable and benevolent purposes,
principally in giving aid to indigent Members and widows and
orphans of Members. How the funds are applied in satisfaction
of this objective is at the discretion of the Craft's governing
body, which is known as the Master Court.
Over the last 100 years there has
been a steady drop in the number of grantees which is a welcome
sign that the need for help has diminished. All applications
for assistance are treated by the Craft with sympathy and
understanding and consideration of each case includes a visit by
representatives of the Master Court. Such visits are
considered to be extremely important, not just because they can
often result in the re-assurance of financial support but also
because they show that the Craft is interested and concerned in its
grantees. Anyone admitted as a grantee can expect to receive
financial assistance from the Craft, but he or she will also be
invited to a summer outing, a trip to the pantomime and a Christmas
lunch in the course of the year. It is not appropriate to go
into details of the amounts distributed annually to grantees, but
suffice to say that the grantees are extremely appreciative of the
assistance that is afforded to them.
In addition to providing support to
Members, their widows and dependents, the Craft also seeks to
promote the furtherance of the woodworking industry and trade
education. Each year the Craft runs the McDonald Prize
Competition for school children, and the Craft Competition for
those studying at technical colleges. In the last year £1,800
has been distributed in prizes.
The good of the community in
Glasgow is not ignored by the Craft and donations are frequently
made to local charities and organisations for the advancement of
appropriate causes. Individuals are also awarded grants at
the discretion of the Master Court.
The Craft also promotes fellowship
amongst its Members by hosting various social and sporting events
throughout the year. Members represent the Craft in bowling,
angling, curling and golf.