As of August 2015, Shriners International headquarters are at 2900 Rocky Point Drive in Tampa, Florida. This location is home to the Imperial Divan, the official governing body of the organization, and the Imperial Potentate, the organization’s president and CEO.
Founded in 1872 as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Shriners International developed as a branch of the Freemasons. The organization has over 350,000 members and 195 chapters around the world. Its mission is to provide assistance to children and families in need.
The organization also establishes and provides funding for Shriners Hospitals for Children in 20 locations throughout the United States. These hospitals specialize in orthopedics, burn recovery, the treatment of spinal cord injuries, and cleft lips and palates. The hospitals provide free medical care to children regardless of race, religion or creed or their families’ ability to pay.