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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

We are an independent charity and philanthropic foundation that provides support to registered charities and businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, as well as families and individuals, to help improve outcomes for the community.

Hand Heart Pocket is the trading name and brand for the Board of Benevolence and of Aged Masons Widows and Orphans’ Fund, which was founded by the Freemasons of Queensland over 110 years ago and has an extensive history of charity, benevolence and philanthropy.

At a state-wide level, we partner with other charities and philanthropists and provide Significant and Flagship Grants which mainly focus on improving outcomes for youth at risk.

Hand Heart Pocket also provides a smaller portion of its larger grant funding for programs and initiatives that support men’s mental and physical health, women’s financial and physical security and our ageing population.

At a grassroots level, we work with Freemason Lodges across Queensland and in Papua New Guinea who know exactly which local initiative, individual or family needs our support, so together, we can strengthen families and communities.

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WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON OUR

Wwaico Identity
Identity
Building on the legacy of Freemasonry, we empower, support and enable humanity in an ever-changing world.
Wwaico Purpose
Purpose
Through engagement with members and communities, we identify opportunities to provide sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes.
Wwaico Values
Values
Our values bind us together as an organisation and are reflected in everything we do.
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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

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