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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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Hand

Practical Help
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Heart

Genuine Empathy
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Pocket

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 2020-21 Annual Report

Read our Consolidated Financial Report 2020-21

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OUR PURPOSE AND OUR GOAL

OUR PURPOSE

To partner for change for people in need.

OUR GOAL

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

  • Compassion

    Alleviate suffering and misfortune

  • Integrity

    Moral and ethical

  • Empowerment

    Equip people directly or through others to lead better lives

Latest news

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Collaborating for Queensland Kids

Today leading philanthropic agencies, community groups, research organisations, universities and government are taking forward a bold initiative in support of Queensland kids. The Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership (TQKP) is bringing together organisations and leaders to translate experience and science into policy and practice, while supporting capacity building across the community and our workforces, to improve […]
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Bursaries for young social entrepreneurs to attend SEWF22

If you’re under 30 years of age and a social entrepreneur in Queensland or Papua New Guinea, you could be awarded a bursary to attend The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF22), but be quick applications close 1 June. This international event will be held in Brisbane in September. Attendees will get to: -meet the movers […]
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Defence force personnel and first responders to triumph over trauma with Freemasons help

A Queensland charity that runs life-saving mental health rehabilitation programs for current and former defence force personnel and first responders, has been backed by the Freemasons. Moved by the demand for these programs, Enoggera-Thistle, Barron Barnett and Thespian Freemason Lodges, donated $50,000 to the 4 Aussie Heroes Foundation last month. The donation will help support […]
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Helping community organisations realise their potential

Leaders across the youth and families sector in Queensland will tell you, the challenges facing young people today are growing and the resources to support them are scarce. This also means that most of these leaders don’t have the time or resources to focus on building their organisations’ capacity. Hand Heart Pocket is stepping in […]
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$80,000 disaster relief donation for South East on behalf of Freemasons of Queensland

Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the severe weather events in South-east Queensland. This rain event has caused devastation for thousands of households so far and we are not out of the woods yet.   The event spans 17 local government areas and is going to require a mammoth recovery effort. Following discussions […]
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Bowen Meals on Wheels receives early Christmas gift

For almost half a century, Bowen Meals on Wheels has been helping to improve the quality of life of the sick, aged and disabled in their community through the provision of good nutritious food and companionship. Each week their army of volunteers help to distribute around 100 meals across the region. Just recently the local […]

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