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 and heritage; education and training; elderly services; emergency and poverty relief; environmental protection; family services; medical and health; rehabilitation services; sports and 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 2019/20, the Club’s Charities Trust approved a total of HK$4.5 billion in donations to 210 charity and community projects. The Charities Trust is one of the world’s top ten charity donors.
In recent years, the Club has been increasingly proactive in tackling 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 and Heritage – which have been identified as important for the future development of Hong Kong.
Over the years the Club has supported the community through many crises. When Hong Kong was hit by SARS in 2003, the Club provided emergency support for hygiene measures and in the aftermath funded the construction of the Centre for Health Protection. In 2020, to tackle the impact of COVID-19, the Charities Trust committed HK$346 million to help those hard hit by the pandemic. This included funding the purchase of 14 million face masks and half a million care packs; the establishment of two emergency funds supporting NGOs providing essential services; and the provision of free mobile internet data bandwidth for 100,000 underprivileged students during the school closure period.