Founded in 1884, we are a world-class horse racing club that acts continuously for the betterment of Hong Kong society. The Club’s unique integrated business model generates economic and social value through racing, racecourse entertainment, sports wagering and lottery with surplus revenues channeled to the Club’s Charities Trust. The Charities Trust makes a positive impact on communities all across Hong Kong and is one of the world’s top ten charity donors.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
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.Learn More
Five Priority Areas
Over many years, the Club has established its position as a major social partner in fostering a caring and inclusive community in Hong Kong. It accomplishes this through donations made to its community partners via The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust; various Trust-initiated projects; and by organising its own events that allow people to experience a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. Working with various Government departments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other community partners, the Club is committed to fulfilling its mission of promoting the betterment and future success of Hong Kong. Our contributions help fulfil the needs of people from all walks of life, across 5 distinct categories of social need.
Positive Ageing & Elderly Care
Youth Development & Poverty Alleviation
Talent & Sector Development
Sports & Culture
Institute of Philanthropy (IoP)
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has a rich history of giving back, particularly during the city’s most challenging hours, with its first charitable donations dating from as early as 1915. For over a century, we have witnessed how philanthropy, embedded in the Club’s integrated business model, has positively responded to the ever-changing social, economic and welfare needs of Hong Kong, bringing hope to the people and bettering society. In partnership with our non-governmental organisation grantees, we have learned the synergistic power of collaboration to create greater and longer-lasting impact for our beneficiaries.
This legacy has presented an exceptional opportunity for the Club to establish the IoP, a “think-fund-do” tank dedicated to promoting philanthropic thought leadership at the local, regional and global levels together with its funder partners.
The IoP was formally inaugurated at the “Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum” on 11 September 2023.Learn More