Our Philosophy

It's part of Freemasons' tradition to care.

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.

Today, we promise that same support to Queensland 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 humankind 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 members and communities, we identify opportunities to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes.  We believe in creating strength not dependence so we give a hand up not a hand out to communities, to other charities and to individuals.

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 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:

Read about our Interim Strategic Plan 2016-2017

View our Annual Review 2016

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