Our Philosophy

We are an independent charity founded by the Freemasons of Queensland, with a history of charity and benevolence spanning more than 110 years. We help communities and individuals across Queensland and Papua New Guinea and give major donations to worthy charities that address areas of significant and under-resourced societal need. 

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 to Queensland and Papua New Guinea through Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.

Building on the legacy of Freemasonry, we empower, support and enable humanity in an ever-changing world.  We believe that all people are equal, that human potential is worth nurturing, and that things can be changed for the better. These beliefs shape the goals of our giving and inspire us to make more possible.

Through engagement with the community, our members and the charity sector, we identify and support areas of broad societal need. Over the past few years, we have provided significant and flagship donations to a range of charity partners.

Through collaboration with Freemason Lodges, we also work to identify and support causes at a local level that need extra assistance – like the Joyful Foundation in North Queensland, equipment for local hospitals and respite centres and equipment to support the delivery of essential services such as Meals on Wheels, homeless and women’s shelters.

We believe in creating strength not dependence, so we give a hand up to communities, to other charities and to individuals.

Our values

Our values bind us together as an organisation and are reflected in everything we do:

Compassion: Alleviate suffering and misfortune
Integrity: Moral and ethical
Empowerment: Equip people directly or through others to lead better lives.

Our touchstone phrase: ‘You are important to us', underpins our caring culture.

At the heart of our philosophy is the understanding that, by helping others, we not only make the world a better place but also make ourselves better people. 

Find out more about our important work:

View our Annual Review 2019

Watch our whiteboard video about our refined philanthropic approach 

Watch our highlights video about our impact on families and communities in 2018/2019

Read Our Strategy 2018-2024

Take a look at our book "A legacy built on caring 1925 - 2016"