A Broad Definition of Freemasonry (According to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania)

Freemasonry is a charitablebenevolent, and educational society. Its principles are proclaimed as widely as men will hear. Its only secrets are in its methods of recognition and of symbolic instruction.

CharitableIt is charitable in that it is not organized for profit and none of its income inures to the benefit of any individual, but all is devoted to the promotion of the welfare and happiness of mankind.
Benevolent It is benevolent in that it teaches and exemplifies altruism as a duty.
EducationalIt is charitable in that it is not organized for profit and none of its income inures to the benefit of any individual, but all is devoted to the promotion of the welfare and happiness of mankind.