The Priory in the USA of the Order of St John is a chivalric, charitable Order funded by members, friends and foundations. The Priory receives additional support from its endowment. The majority of funds raised are given to the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group, and designated charities as approved by the Chapter and membership. The full membership is invited to participate in the Annual Meeting. The Order is regularly audited, and publishes an Annual Report.
In 1957, the Priory in the USA of the Order of St John was incorporated in New York and recognized by the IRS as a public charity for the purpose of supporting the international humanitarian endeavors of St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group.
In 2008, the Priory in the USA (previously located in New York City) permanently relocated to Washington, DC, in order to advance its mission and more effectively partner with similar organizations and volunteers.
In 1999, the Order of St John, which has over 25,000 members worldwide, was granted Special Consultative Status by the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Order worldwide encompasses two charity arms: St John International, a leading first aid and healthcare service whose global volunteers and staff number over 400,000 in 42 countries, and St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group.