Templar Missions as Non-Profit Humanitarian Projects Upholding the Pillars of Civilization for the Benefit of Humanity
The following are summaries of only some of the projects which are being developed or implemented by Knights and Dames of the Templar Order. Such missions are usually conducted in cooperation with external non-profit institutions, with volunteers and sponsorship contributed by the Order.
These projects, at all stages, require your tax-deductible donations to fund the necessary activities and provide essential resources, to ensure that the projects move forward and yield results and benefits internationally.
All contributions are fully tax deductible as non-profit gifts, grants or donations, in accordance with standard laws which are fairly universal in all jurisdictions. Donations for projects of the Order of the Temple of Solomon are paid to and received by an authorized registered non-profit institution or foundation as a trustee, which can provide receipts supporting tax-deductibility.
Why Knights Emphasize Charity & Humanitarian Work
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom… For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:34-45.)
Guardians in the Tradition of “Protecting Pilgrims”
Knights Templar were most famous for their general mission of “protecting pilgrims”. In the modern era, it is archaeological sites, museums and artifacts around the world which are often the destinations of a personal spiritual “pilgrimage”. Increasingly, during times of instability or upheavals, religious minorities are threatened, and sacred sites or museums are damaged during related riots.
Similar to the famous “Legion of Frontiersmen” founded in 1905, the Templar Order can organize specialists from among its Knights and Dames, to serve as an auxiliary corps of volunteers. Such teams can be formed and dispatched to remote locations, as a group of security guards, mediators, curators, relief workers, or any needed specialty.
In this way, Templars can support local authorities by providing security or humanitarian relief for persecuted communities, or protection or emergency restoration of historical sites, museums or artifacts which may be at risk. Visible personal support on-location can be supplemented by charitable grants for infrastructure or restoration efforts.
The Order of the Temple of Solomon strives to protect the heritage of all religions and cultures, whether Christian, Muslim, indigenous or others. Volunteers for humanitarian or preservation missions can wear the official Templar uniform. Security operatives serving as volunteers under a local police force or licensed security firm can wear a Templar badge on the authorized security uniform.
Supporting Human Rights & Social Justice
Since the earliest origins of knightly Orders, the core essence of knighthood itself has always been the principle of social justice. The legendary archetype of the “Knight in shining armor” is a reflection of the public perception of chivalry throughout the ages. This reputation was rightfully earned, by steadfastly defending the innocent against injustice.
In keeping with that venerable tradition, the modern Templar Order supports our Knights and Dames in their personal Quests for defending human rights.
The field of “Human Rights” is much larger than mainstream media leads us to believe. Beyond the more obvious cases such as war crimes, human rights also include civil rights, constitutional rights, and even economic rights. Arguably, most charitable causes and humanitarian relief needs are ultimately symptoms of underlying human rights violations.
The Templar Order actively cooperates with lawyers, judges and UN NGO institutions, persistently developing new strategies for protection and enforcement of human rights, and innovative applications of international law to effectively invoke and enforce the Rule of Law. Knights and Dames who are lawyers and judges are encouraged to volunteer under cooperation programs with international judiciary bodies.
World Heritage Preservation by Book Publishing
Heritage of all world peoples is the birthright, and fundamental human right, of access to over 12,000 years of the collective knowledge and wisdom of humanity. The distractions and pressures of modern materialistic society have too often caused important historical knowledge to be lost, misunderstood, overlooked, dismissed, or never applied to solve modern problems of society.
Preservation of the world heritage, much of which is highly relevant to resolving issues in modern civilization, is a necessary priority, which contains a wealth of un-tapped resources as direct contributions to enhance education, economics, commerce, government, living standards, family values, healthy relationships, freedom and liberty, and prosperity.
Historians of the Order of the Temple of Solomon are constantly working on historical research and archaeology on many overlooked or underdeveloped topics of key relevance to modern society. Isolated facts from diverse separate bodies of knowledge are constantly correlated and reunified into salient and comprehensive topics of “lost” history, giving deeper understanding of our world and of the keys to human prosperity.
All historical preservation work will be of institutional scholarly quality and solid academic caliber, unveiling many “secrets” of lost history. Resulting research will be made readily available to the general public, as books published by a cooperating university. All net proceeds of book sales will be used to further support this and other charitable and humanitarian missions of the Order.
Projects for International Faith Restoration
The essence of “faith” is much more than mere “belief” in any particular religion. Faith itself is truly the emotional and intellectual awareness of the underlying life force and mechanics of the universe. While these are only tangentially detectible by us, they are still discernable and perceivable by our experience.
The key element of faith is a conscious appreciation for a semi-apparent higher purpose and a grander scheme of cause and effect, that is beyond the limited abilities of individual or collective human planning. Only faith helps us experience the fullness of life and our relationships, and carries us through life’s hardships by the guiding light of a genuine sense of higher purpose and dedication to goodness.
The Order of the Temple of Solomon endeavours to actively support all traditional religious and ecclesiastical organizations. We must all take seriously our responsibility, as voluntary agents of God, and as fellow human beings, to continue the historical missions of our ancestors to defend and preserve the principle of faith itself, regardless of religious personal preferences.
The Knights of Solomon actively work on various projects for reconciliation and cooperation between Christians and Muslims, science and religion, archaeology and theology, and more. Many projects of the Order are dedicated to promoting faith itself, supporting diverse traditions and denominations. By restoring faith internationally, we can thereby restore the collective human heritage of kindness, goodness, wisdom and knowledge, bringing essential humanitarian values back into their rightful place of relevance in modern civilization.
Online Platform for Small Business & Non-Profits
An engineering design for an online business networking platform was funded by the Order, to meet the needs of people in developing countries or those struggling with economic recessions. The system is capable of creating more jobs, by a “social media” type interface supporting “online commuting”, while dramatically reducing overhead. As the worldwide user base grows, the platform itself will create job opportunities for moderators, content writers, technical support and customer relations staff.
The platform integrates semi-automated professional database management ideal for small businesses and non-profits, giving a powerful infrastructure to manage simple or complex operations. It is designed to easily manage multiple businesses or transactions, without distractions, while helping to focus on deal-making and revenue generation. Intuitive group collaboration features optimize the cost-effectiveness of working from home, or running a side business while working at another business location.
Many of the most valuable paid subscription features of the platform will be made available free of cost to disadvantaged people worldwide who qualify as beneficiaries of charity. Special modules to boost operations and membership management of non-profit organizations will be free for many qualifying humanitarian groups, who will be given permanent “free subscriptions” to that capability.
This is a project of a cooperating non-profit United Nations NGO institution, to be operated as a service. All net proceeds from the online platform will be used to sponsor various charitable and humanitarian missions of the NGO which are supported by the Order. More fundraising is needed for implementation and launch of this project of great benefit to people worldwide.