The Grand Lodge of New Jersey – Knights of Pythias
The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal order founded by Justus H. Rathbone on February 19, 1864 at 914 E Street in Washington, DC. Rathbone together with six other men had an objective to found a society whose ultimate objectives were Friendship, Benevolence, and Charity.
In 2018 the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, the third Grand Lodge founded in Camden, NJ on March 16, 1868 will celebrate 150 years of helping people.
In 1980, the Grand Lodge created a Tax-deductible foundation – the NJ Knights of Pythias Charities Foundation, Inc. whose purpose is to raise money through the subordinate lodges and that donate money to worthy charitable causes in an around New Jersey. Through the efforts of local lodges and lodge members, the Charities Foundation has raised nearly $1 million and distributed the funds to over 25 different charities including: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Deborah Hospital, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Autism Speaks, The Lymphoma & Leukemia Society, Alzheimer’s Association of Northern Jersey, The Alliance for Lupus Research, The Juvenile Diabetes Association, Mended Hearts Chapter #140 Bergen/Passaic, Arthritis Foundation, Jersey Cares, Camp Sunshine, Local Emergency Services and local food banks across the state.