At the end of the 1960s, a group of enthusiastic and visionary volunteers came up with the idea of raising funds on behalf of all social welfare agencies, leaving them to focus on delivering their services. This led to the establishment of The Community Chest of Hong Kong on 8 November 1968. Please read more at About Us.
The Community Chest is an independent, non-profit making organisation neither funded nor operated by the Government.
All funds raised by The Community Chest go to over 160 member social welfare agencies without any deduction of administration expenses. The Chest’s administration costs are covered by an annual grant from the Hong Kong Jockey Club and by returns from prudent investments. Campaign expenses are sponsored by other donors.
The Community Chest’s member agencies provide services in six major areas including children & youth, elderly, family & child welfare, medical & health, rehabilitation & aftercare, and community development.
Every year, The Community Chest organises over 40 fund-raising events, including the signature events Walks for Millions, Dress Casual Day, Flag Day, some designated ones for the Corporate and Employee Contribution Programme, and others.
Two large-scale walks were held in 1971, which raised nearly HK$1 million for charity and came to be known as “Walks for Millions”. The Community Chest Walks for Millions set records in two categories in the Guinness Book of Records: the most number of participants – 57,000 at the “Kowloon Walk for Millions” in 1977; and most money raised - nearly HK$2 million at the 1979 "Kowloon Walk for Millions".
There are many convenient ways to donate to The Community Chest. For details, please click Donation Channels.
The organisation must first be admitted as a member agency of The Community Chest before applying for Chest funding. For details, please click Allocation Strategy and Processes.
The admission criteria for member agency of The Community Chest are as follows:
All admission applications will be vetted by Admission, Budgets and Allocations Committee in a rigorous vetting process. For details, please click Allocation Strategy and Processes
Each year, member agencies will be invited to submit their project proposals with funding requirements to The Community Chest. Agencies are also required to submit their progress reports bi-annually, and submit their annual reports, annual audited accounts and management letters. All admission applications will be vetted by Admission, Budgets and Allocations Committee in a rigorous, fair and transparent vetting process. For details, please click Allocation Strategy and Processes.
Individuals in need can apply for The Community Chest Rainbow Fund. The Fund was established in 2004 to provide rapid response to people who find themselves in an emergency financial crisis. For details, please click Rainbow Fund - Introduction.