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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 115 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 2022-23 Annual Report

Read our 2021-2024 Purpose-led Strategy

Read our Consolidated Financial Report 2022-23

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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.

Latest news

News24 01 16 Seq Storms Latest News

$150,000 donated on behalf of the Freemasons of Queensland to help our disaster-affected communities recover this summer

Hand Heart Pocket has responded quickly each time disaster has struck over the summer, with $150,000 now donated on behalf of the Freemasons of Queensland to our disaster response partner GIVIT since December 2023.   Our response includes:  – $100,000 in disaster assistance in North and Far North Queensland, after Tropical Cyclone Jasper and Tropical Cyclone […]
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Voices of young people influence millions in funding for Youth Foyers for young Queenslanders

Hand Heart Pocket welcomes today’s announcement by the Queensland Government for eight new Youth Foyers across the state. The first three of the new Youth Foyers will be delivered in Cairns, Hervey Bay and the Moreton Bay region, with the remaining five pipeline sites to be confirmed. The announcement comes after 18 months’ of advocacy […]
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How the Freemasons of Miles are contributing to their community

They say that volunteering is good for you and the Freemasons of Miles would be the first to agree. While there might only be six Freemasons in the Western Downs region, they are as active as ever in the community, pitching in alongside other local volunteers. You’ll find them sorting fiction from non-fiction at Fully […]
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Our disaster relief donation in response to the Far North Queensland floods – how you can give too

Communities in Far North Queensland have had a devastating start to the holiday season, with a catastrophic rain event drenching the region in the wake of ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper. Entire towns have been evacuated, with authorities confirming that this is a record-breaking natural disaster. As the full impact of the disaster continues to be assessed, […]
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Inaugural roundtable of new collaboration between government and philanthropy to better support Australia’s children

A new collaboration between government and philanthropy aiming to improve the lives of children, young people, and their families, has taken a step forward recently with the first Roundtable meeting of the Investment Dialogue for Australia’s Children. To mark this development, philanthropic Dialogue Members announced approximately $65 million dollars of recent investments aligned to the […]
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Our $50,000 disaster recovery donation for Queenslanders impacted by bushfires and how you can give too

The devastating fires affecting the Western Downs community of Tara have heralded a long hot summer, and the heightened risk of further bushfires for communities across the State. The Tara community is still coming to terms with the aftermath of the recent fires, having lost 56 homes. Many residents are displaced and need support with […]

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