The Memphis Scottish Rite Foundation has been involved with the community of Memphis for over a century. It has hosted the Memphis Organ Guild and held organ concerts free to the public on a consistent basis since 1921. It has provided a stage for local productions as well as national productions such as the movie, Walk The Line. The Memphis Scottish Rite Players also travel in the area to perform the play, A Rose Upon The Altar and The Lincoln Degree. In recent years the Memphis Scottish Rite Foundation has been proud to host Art Exhibitions that are free and open to the public. The Foundation is currently working to accession its entire permenent collection and expand a rotating exhibition space at Masonic Contemporary that is dedicated to Masonic artifacts.
In the early 1950’s in Colorado, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language disorders. The results obtained from this program led to the establishment of RiteCare clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.The Memphis Scottish Rite has established the Scottish Rite Foundation which raises funds to support the language disorder center located on the UT Health Science Center in Memphis. This is a program contained within the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities. Since the 1976 the Memphis Scottish Rite Foundation has donated over two million dollars with seventy-five thousand dollars being currently being contributed on an annual basis as well as providing computers, audio equipment and toys for the children involved. The Scottish Rite also donates to the Veterans Hospital Hospitality fund on a regular basis.