The Saint Lazarus Foundation is a fully registered organisation as per the laws of Malta and Gozo with its offices in Zebbug, Malta, with other premises on the islands. It is the charitable arm of the Grand Priories of Malta and Gozo of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, an international chivalric organisation operating in 71 countries with its Supreme Grand Priory based in Scotland.
The Foundation was established in Malta in January 2004. In its years of operation the Foundation donated more than €200,000 to worthy registered philanthropic organisations throughout Malta and Gozo. Funds were also raised and sent to various international non-governmental organisations and Hospices operating outside Malta. For the past four years, by means of its Believe in Me Project, the Saint Lazarus Foundation has been in the forefront in raising awareness for the need to create a sustainable national supported employment program for the vulnerable; a dream which came true in June 2015. During these last four years, albeit on a voluntary basis, the Saint Lazarus Foundation succeeded in securing supported employment for 30%+ of its beneficiaries.
The Foundation is a non-profit making organisation. It does not have employees and all its members aid and assist on a voluntary basis. Every year, at the annual investiture of this chivalric organisation, in various cathedrals and basilicas in Malta and Gozo, the Foundation’s accounts are published and full details of amounts collected and donated can be daily seen on the organisation’s web page.
The Honorary Chairman of the Foundation is the Grand Prior of the Supreme Grand Priory of the Order, HE Richard Comyns of Ludston GCLJ GCMLJ.
The Foundation emulates the Hospitaller and Philanthropic spirit of the medieval Chivalric Order of Saint Lazarus and proudly carries the Lazarite banner of Malta and Gozo.
Throughout the islands, a number of very prominent personalities, ecclesiastics, industrialists and business executives, members of Parliament, Mayors, Councillors, and volunteers, social workers, specialised medical personal and philanthropists form part of this international organisation.