AmCham partners with various organizations and non-profit organizations to support meaningful projects helping children, the elderly, and disadvantaged people with health and special needs.
Our annual program includes the following:
In 2017 we raised close to HK$400,000 for the Charitable Foundation at the Ball
The AmCham Charitable Foundation is a registered charitable organization and donations are tax deductible.
Ira Dan Kaye Community Service Award
Introduced in 1986, this annual award recognizes individuals who have performed outstanding service to the Hong Kong community on a voluntary basis. Recipients of the award receive a check for HK$30,000 for a charity of his/her choice and an engraved silver plate. The award was renamed the Ira Dan Kaye Community Service Award to pay special tribute to our past chairman who passed away on June 6, 1999.
In 2019, we presented the Ira Dan Kaye Community Award to Irene Wrigley, HELP for Domestic Workers pictured above.
Click here to learn more about the award and how to nominate.
The Charitable Foundation also awards scholarships to students every year
The AmCham Lyn Edinger US Studies Scholarship
Established in 2002 to present a one-time scholarship to secondary school graduates from Hong Kong who have been successfully admitted to a US university for a full-time undergraduate program. The students are recognized for exceptional academic records with a good combination of leadership skill and community service work. Each winner receives a HK$24,000 scholarship and a Certificate of Merit from the foundation. This program is administered by the Institute of International Education.
Click here to learn more about the scholarship and how to apply.
The AmCham Charitable Foundation Scholar Award
Introduced in 1977, the Scholar Award aims to recognize full-time MBA students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, and the University of Hong Kong who have achieved outstanding academic results during the first year of their studies. The award winner from each university receives a check for HK$15,000 and a Certificate of Merit.
Click here to learn more about the award and how to apply.
The AmCham Charitable Foundation Prize Book Awards
Introduced in 1986, this is an annual educational incentive scheme involving 20 Hong Kong secondary schools and colleges. A prize book and book coupon of HK$1,000 is awarded to students in the next to graduating class who combine excellence in scholarship with achievements in community service, leadership, and other related fields.
Click here to know more about the award's application details.
Partnering with AWA (American Women’s Association), AmCham provides financial assistance to smaller and lesser known charities helping children, elderly, and disadvantaged people with health and special needs.
2018 is the AmCham Charitable Foundation’s 12th year of collaboration with the AWA. As a volunteer organization open to all women in Hong Kong regardless of nationality, AWA provides support to local charities and schools through community service and monetary grants. This often involves tireless on-the-ground work with disadvantaged groups to understand their genuine needs that are lesser known to all of us.
Since our partnership with AWA in 2006, the Foundation has provided financial assistance (totaling over HK$1.4 million) to around 50 smaller charities that focus on helping children, elderly and underprivileged groups with health and special needs.
We are deeply grateful for all the time and efforts contributed by AWA in vetting funding applications to identify suitable and credible charities, so AmCham could make a small but solid impact to the lives of the local people.
The AmCham Charitable Foundation supported projects from the following NGOs in 2018 through our partnership with AWA.
Feeding Hong Kong; Justice Center Hong Kong; Little Life Warrior Society; Love 21 Foundation; LoveXpress; Project Concern; RUN (Free to Run)
Video highlights of projects made possible due to the 2016 grants:
Finale of Charitable Foundation’s annual programs is the Charitable Foundation Dinner
Each year, AmCham hosts the highly anticipated Charitable Foundation Dinner, where business leaders and friends of the Chamber gather for an evening of fine dining, music and entertainment. The dinner marks a celebration of the year’s achievements and brings in new hope for future accomplishments.
Click here to view more highlights about Annual Charitable Foundation Program.