The Club has been contributing to the betterment of Hong Kong for over a century, both directly and through The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Today the Club contributes across ten areas of social need: arts, culture & heritage; education & training; elderly services; emergency & poverty relief; environmental protection; family services; medical & health; rehabilitation services; sports & recreation; and youth development.
With significant improvements in its business performance in recent years, the Club has been able to substantially increase its support for the community. In 2016/17 the Charities Trust donated a record HK$7.6 billion. This included HK$4.1 billion to 215 charitable and community projects and a special donation of HK$3.5 billion to construct the Hong Kong Palace Museum in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR. The Club is one of the world’s top ten charity donors.
In recent years, the Club has been increasingly proactive in tackling more complex social issues. Working with the Government, NGOs, academia and business, the Charities Trust has initiated and implemented its own Trust Initiated Projects. A particular focus at present are four strategic themes – Youth, the Elderly, Sports, and Arts, Culture & Heritage – which have been identified as important for the future development of Hong Kong.