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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

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Tony has his finger on the pulse at Atherton Hospital and beyond

Tony Birch has his finger on the pulse at Atherton Hospital. Not only is he the Hand Heart Pocket Champion for the Atherton region, but he is also the volunteer Treasurer at Atherton Hospital Friends of the Foundation, a volunteer group connected to the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, looking after people from Tully to […]
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David awarded Freemasonry’s highest honour for community service

David Hall of Hervey Bay Daylight Lodge is the latest recipient of the Order of Service to Benevolence Jewel, presented in May. David has been a Freemason for over five decades, commencing his masonic journey in Victoria. In Hervey Bay, where he now resides, David has long championed his local special school, helping ensure students […]
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Members get behind the causes that matter most to Australians: addressing domestic violence, homelessness and cost of living

Over the past year, more people have relied on charities than ever before. Almost all of us will either directly experience, or know someone who is grappling with domestic and family violence, homelessness, or the soaring cost of living. It is not surprising many local community organisations are stretched thin, with some charities being forced […]
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Putting our heads together to build the social systems of tomorrow

Across Queensland, there are many local leaders, organisations and communities working to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. Communities, and practitioners and young people themselves know what’s needed but all too often the system structures aren’t set up to centre this expertise. This is where the Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership (TQKP) comes […]

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