The Club can trace its long tradition of donating to charitable causes back to at least 1915, but it was in the 1950s, as Hong Kong struggled to cope with post-war reconstruction and a massive influx of immigrants, that this role became integral to its operation. In 1955, the Club formally decided to devote its surplus each year to charity and community projects, and in 1959, a separate company, the Hong Kong Jockey Club (Charities) Ltd, was formed to administer donations. In 1993, a new entity was established, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, to reflect the evolving nature, scale and scope of donations. The Charities Trust is one of the world’s top ten charity donors.
The Trust’s substantial donations to the community are made possible by the Club’s unique integrated business model, which comprises racing and racecourse entertainment, responsible sports wagering and lottery, a membership club, and charities and community contribution. Approximately 90% of the Club’s annual operating surplus after tax is donated to the Trust, enabling it to play a significant role in the community’s development.
Working with the Government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community partners, the Trust is committed to improving the quality of life of the people of Hong Kong. As a philanthropic organisation in its own right, the Trust also proactively identifies and initiates projects that anticipate future community and social needs.
The Trust serves ten principal areas of civic and social need:
While the Trust funds a wide range of projects, it is also placing special emphasis on four areas:
Over the past decade, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has donated an average of HK$4.5 billion a year to the community. In 2021/22, its total approved donations were HK$6.6 billion, benefiting 292 charity and community projects.
Responding to the latest wave of the pandemic, and in particular the urgent needs of the most vulnerable members of the community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced today (19 February) the injection of HK$100 million to its COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Established in February 2020, the fund provides f
With Christmas around the corner, The Hong Kong Jockey Club invites the public to join its new online Gifting for Good initiative to support The Community Chest of Hong Kong (“the Community Chest”) and its member agencies. On 6 December 2021, Club Chairman Philip Chen and the Community Chest Campaig