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Who we are

For centuries Freemasons have used the symbols of hand, heart and pocket to pledge practical help, genuine empathy and financial generosity to those who need it most. Inspired by this spirit of benevolence,
today we promise that same support.

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Practical Help
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Genuine Empathy
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Financial Generosity

Hand Heart Pocket is an independent charity and philanthropic foundation established by the Freemasons of Queensland with a history of helping the community for more than 110 years. We partner with other charities and philanthropists to create positive change for people in need in Queensland and Papua New Guinea, particularly young people. At a local level, we also back Freemason Lodges to support people in need and their local communities. Our Members’ deep connections to their local communities means they know exactly which local initiative to support, so together, we can help to bring our purpose – to partner for change for people in need – to life in communities across Queensland and Papua New Guinea.

Hand Heart Pocket is the trading name for the Board of Benevolence and of Aged Masons Widows and Orphans’ Fund.

Read our 2021-22 Annual Report

Read our 2021-2024 Purpose-led Strategy

Read our Consolidated Financial Report 2021-22

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To partner for change for people in need.


Our goal is by 2030 to ensure 10,000 of Queensland’s at-risk young people have the outcomes they need to thrive in adult life.

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Our values are


We honour Freemason traditions of empathy, respect, friendship and giving to those in need.


We approach challenges with an optimistic mindset to inspire creative solutions and positive change.


We actively collaborate with each other and our partners to achieve shared goals.


We apply judgement to unlock opportunities and take risks, that deliver impact and rewards.


We align our actions with our intentions and strive for meaningful and transparent contributions to society.

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