Freemasons have been at the heart of local communities for centuries. Today they give, fundraise and volunteer for a broad range of social issues helping people in need
We support our Members to engage with their communities and support the causes that matter to them. Now more Members can get more money for more charities through our expanded Matched Giving program. Whether Members want to fundraise, volunteer, or make a personal donation, our Member-led giving program is here to help.
A pool of $500,000 is available for our Matched Giving activities each year, supporting Members community work, and giving them the flexibility to help in the way that works best for them.
Here’s how the Freemasons of Queensland and Papua New Guinea can access our newly expanded Matched Giving program:
What causes qualify
What causes don't qualify
Matched giving and volunteering is only available for organisations that meet all four of these criteria:
- Australian charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC), AND
- Have Deductible Gift Recipient status with the ATO, AND
- Have a Qld or PNG focus, AND
- Support people in need
- Aged and palliative care
- Disability support
- Community welfare and homelessness
- Mental health
- Volunteer rescue
- Disaster response and preparedness
- Domestic and family violence support
- Child, youth and family services
- Health services
- Medical research
- Education for disadvantaged children
Groups or activities that do not meet our objects or purpose, for example:
- Animal welfare
- Evangelism activities
- Political parties and trade unions
- Industry associations
- Sport and recreation groups
- Culture and arts organisations
- Schools in general
- Outcomes outside Qld or PNG
- Associations generally
- International aid
How to apply for Matched Giving
1. Download and read our Matched Giving guideline here (click on the word here) and read our FAQs below.
2. Download and complete either the Lodge Dollars 4 Dollars and Dollars 4 Doers request form or Personal Dollars 4 Dollars and Dollars 4 Doers request form and return this to:
Hand Heart Pocket PO Box 1202 Fortitude Valley Q 4006 or email through a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
MATCHED GIVING FAQs
Provided that the community organisation you are volunteering for is a registered charity and can provide a tax-deductible receipt, Lodges can take up a range of volunteer opportunities such as:
o Assisting community organisations with their operations (eg, preparing food, stocking shelves, general administration)
o Supporting community organisations with their fundraising activities (eg, selling merchandise for charities, helping during events, running stalls, stuffing envelopes for their annual fundraising appeals)
o Using your professional skills to assist community organisations (eg, attending working bees, building, teaching/instructing)
o Visiting the sick, elderly or person with a disability if they reside in a not-for-profit facility
o Serving on a not-for-profit board or committee
There is a total of $5,000 available from HHP per Lodge per year. For example, your Lodge might like to donate $2,500 to a charity matched by Hand Heart Pocket, and volunteer for a charity for $2,500 worth of volunteer hours, which Hand Heart Pocket will match with a $2,500 donation.
The volunteer hours you put in are more valuable to the local community organisations than you might think.
For example, if five Members of your Lodge volunteer together for a charity for four hours, Hand Heart Pocket will donate $1,000 to that charity i.e. Five Members x $50 x four hours = $1,000.
Number of Members volunteering together
$50 per hour
Number of hours volunteered
Total donated by Hand Heart Pocket
Yes, you can. For example, 10 Members could volunteer for two hours on one day and the other 10 Members could volunteer for three hours on another day. That would equate to $5,000 being donated by Hand Heart Pocket.
Yes, there is a total of $5,000 available from HHP per Lodge per year whether you split that across Lodge Dollars 4 Dollars and Lodge Dollars 4 Doers or not.
Yes, there is a total of $5,000 available from HHP per Lodge per year whether you split that across Lodge Dollars 4 Doers and Lodge Dollars 4 Dollars or not.
Yes, there is a total of $500 available from HHP per Member per year whether you split that across Personal Dollars 4 Dollars and Personal Dollars 4 Doers or not.
Yes, there is a total of $500 available from HHP per Member per year whether you split that across Personal Dollars 4 Doers and Personal Dollars 4 Dollars or not.
You can volunteer for more than one charity but to get the most out of Hand Heart Pocket’s donation it would be better to choose one charity. For example, if you complete 10 hours of volunteering, the charity will receive a $500 donation from Hand Heart Pocket i.e. 1 Member x $50 x 10 hours = $500.
You should apply for Personal Dollars for Doers when you volunteer on your own. If a few Lodge Members volunteer together, you should apply for Lodge Dollars for Doers.
For your giving or volunteering to be matched by Hand Heart Pocket your chosen charity must be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). They must also have tax-deductible gift status, otherwise known as DGR Cat 1 status.
Only charities with DGR Cat 1 status can issue a tax-deductible receipt for your donation and our matched donation. As a public charity Hand Heart Pocket is regulated by the ACNC. When we are audited we must be able to prove that our giving is for public benefit hence why the charity you choose must be registered and have tax-deductible gift status.
We are also governed by the Constitution of the Board of Benevolence that outlines charitable objects that determine our charitable giving.
To check you can call the Hand Heart Pocket team on 07 3493 6000 during business hours or go to the ABN lookup website at www.abr.business.gov.au/
Look under the two subheadings: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and Deductible gift recipient status.
For organisations operating in Papua New Guinea they must also have charitable entity status and be registered with the Investment Promotion Authority. Please also provide a copy of the organisation’s formal constitution. The constitution must include charitable clauses dealing with member benefits (if relevant) and winding-up.
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