The American Association Founded in 1927 as the first association of the Order of Malta in the Americas, the association is headquartered in New York City with over 2,000 knights, dames and volunteers in 16 states working with the poor, sick and incarcerated and giving witness to the Catholic faith.
Spirituality Knights and Dames join the Order of Malta to pursue their spiritual growth over a path laid out by Blessed Gerard more than nine hundred years ago, seeking to nurture and witness the Faith and assist the sick and the poor.
Spirituality in Action Members are involved in hands-on work involving over one hundred organizations and ministries. Food banks, hospitals, pregnancy support centers, homeless shelters and mentoring at risk children are just some of the activities in which members engage.
To help accomplish the Order’s mission to defend the faith and serve the sick and the poor, the American Association extends grants that exceed one million dollars each year. The Grants Program is at the very core of the Association’s raison d’etre.
The funds are derived from a portion of the members’ annual contributions, the income from the Malta Human Services Foundation, friends and corporate gifts. The Association does not have a commercial arm and does not receive support from the government or other agencies.
The majority of the grants support domestic projects in which American Association members are actively involved. A portion is allocated to international projects in which Association members or the Order have an active role. The list of grants extended by the Association is a list of the works undertaken by the membership each year – but only a partial list.
The President of the Association appoints the Grants Committee whose task it is to review all of the applications and present recommendations to the Board of Councillors. All non-Board of Councillor Members of the Foundation Board of Directors also sit on the Association Grants Committee. Final approval of all grants is vested in the Association Board of Councillors.