Actor, acrobat, martial artist...philanthropist?
Jackie Chan is well-known, worldwide for his hilarious, stunt filled movies. When you see a Jackie Chan movie, it is easy to see that he is a talented, friendly, outgoing guy. What is not easy to see is the fact that he is a very serious philanthropist. In 1988, he established the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, and he has been working hard to help folks in need ever since.
Mr. Nice Guy
Dragon's Heart Foundation
One charity project that Jackie Chan holds near and dear is his Dragon’s Heart Foundation. He established it in October of 2004 to help children, the elderly, and people with disabilities in the impoverished, outlying areas of China. The Dragon's Heart Foundation’s main project is building schools in these isolated places. Jackie Chan is not an absent overseer of this project. His participation is hands-on. During the past four years, he has made numerous tours of these remote, impoverished areas. He brings greatly needed supplies along with a message of love, hope, and support to poverty stricken children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
For Many Rural Chinese Children, School Is Just A Dream...
All Children Deserve An Education
Jackie Chan and Dragon's Heart are dedicated to the idea that all children deserve an education. This is a tremendous gift to these children and their families. In China, many poor families cannot afford the fees (about nine US dollars a year) to send their children to school. Very often, the country dwelling children live too far away from school to be able to go. Other children must work and can’t go to school. Jackie Chan helps all of these children get an education by building modern schools near their homes to make it easier for them to attend. The new, centrally located Dragon’s Heart Schools make it easier for as many children as possible to go to school. The schools are open to all children, and the Foundation even gives the children warm clothes and school supplies if they need them. To date, Dragon’s Heart has built twenty-one schools and residences for the elderly. The funding to achieve this comes from donations to the Dragon's Heart Foundation. All of the donations go directly to help the children, elderly and people with disabilities and to build schools and senior centers.
Old, Dilapidated, Often Without Heat or Electricity, Rural Chinese Schools Are In Need Of Help!
Crowded, Outdated Equipment Makes Study Difficult
It's Easy to Help!
Many classrooms, churches and other groups around the world have helped with this effort. The total funds raised by the second round of fundraising as of September 29, 2008 is US $44,346. I hope you, your groups, churches, schools, and other organizations will support Dragon’s Heart. I believe it is an honest and worthwhile charity, and it is easy to help! All you need is a dollar and a little imagination! Jackie Chan has set up a matching funds project so that more schools can be built faster. He calls it Build a School For a Dollar. It is very straightforward and just what it sounds like. If you donate a dollar, Jackie Chan donates a dollar! In this way, the funding for the schools can be doubled and the schools can be built, replaced, and repaired twice as fast.
Let Jackie Chan Bring A Smile To Your Face! Help Build A School For A Dollar!
Build A School For A Dollar!
- Birthday Donations | Scrapbook
Read about how Jackie's fans donated generously and Jackie matched funds to build more schools in celebration of his 60th birthday!
- Dragon's Heart At Work
*Please note that the photos used here are not from Jackie Chan's website. They are stock photos of rural schools and children in China. To see photos of one of the actual schools replaced, its students, and a visit from Jackie Chan, click the link!
Donate A Dollar And A Work Of Art!
Jackie Chan asks that you be creative and include your dollar in a work of art (attach it with tape, not glue!) and send it along. Here’s the address:
JACKIE CHAN DRAGON'S HEART FOUNDATION
c/o The JC Group
145 Waterloo Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Or you can donate online:
To find out more about Jackie Chan and Dragon’s Heart Foundation, visit his website:
It is just full of interesting facts, *photos, and fun stuff as well as albums of photos of the schools, the children (and Jackie Chan visiting with them) the artwork/donations, Jackie Chan’s tours of the remote areas of China, and lots of other fascinating and enjoyable things.
Jackie Chan: In His Own Words :)
"I only want my work to make people happy." ~ Jackie Chan
"I do small things. I try to do good things every day." ~ Jackie Chan
The Myth & More Great Jackie Chan Movies! :)
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on May 30, 2013:
My pleasure! He's an inspiration, especially to people over 50! :D
Sondra Rochelle from USA on May 30, 2013:
What a neat guy. Thanks for letting us know more about him.
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on May 17, 2013:
Thanks, Sweetie! Now that Jackie Chan is older, his movies are becoming more interesting and complex. He is doing more directing and introducing new, young talent. I liked his recent historical movie, 1911, about the revolution in China. His role was not large, and there was not a lot of stunt action, but the story was interesting. I think many of his fans were a little disappointed because this is not a funny movie, but I am glad to see him branching out and showing more of his talent.
sweetie1 from India on May 17, 2013:
He is one of the all time great actor . His movies may not have great storyline but they are very good time pass.. voting up and interesting.
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on May 16, 2013:
Thanks! Yes, I admire Jackie more than just about anyone else. He has done so much with his life and is such a wonderful example to people of all ages! :)
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 15, 2013:
Thanks for introducing me and others to the wonderful philanthropic work that Jackie Chan does. I would not have known about this were it not for reading this hub of yours. Hopefully his good works will continue to impact generations of kids in China who get the chance to attend school and prosper in their lives. That will be a great legacy of his to leave behind him. Up, useful and interesting votes.
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on June 06, 2011:
Yes, indeed! :)
sateesh on June 06, 2011:
jackie chan is a visible GOD.. He is a legend..
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on January 16, 2011:
Thank you! Yes, we really are not familiar in the West with all of his good works or the truly fine acting talent he displays in Chinese movies. I admire him greatly (obviously)! I hope you will also read my review of:
The Spy Next Door: DVD Review
PaperNotes on January 16, 2011:
Jackie Chan is one of my favorite actors and this hub made me admire him even more.
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on September 20, 2010:
Thanks, Vinayak! Yes, I really admire him, too! He is a terrific person! :)
Vinayak on September 20, 2010:
I am the biggest fan of Jackie in India, I hold 100+ of his movies.. I follow him everytime, he is my idol
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on July 28, 2010:
Thanks, Kalpana! I haven't seen that one yet. I am looking forward to it. :)
kalpana_1 from uk on July 28, 2010:
Jackie Chan is great in his role as an aging caretaker, battling his own demons, in the new movie Karate Kid.
It is really good that in real life he shares his good fortune with so many, especially after his own hard upbringing.
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on July 06, 2010:
Thanks, Hari! :)
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on May 18, 2010:
Gon, you can email me by using the CONTACT JUSTMESUZANNE button in the box to the right of the picture of Jackie Chan.
sarah on May 18, 2010:
hi my name is gon
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on December 08, 2009:
That's good to know! Thanks! :)
Taylor Finch from United Kingdom on December 08, 2009:
He is clearly doing some great work. He is/was also a goodwill ambassador for Unicef.
ColdWarBaby on March 30, 2009:
Hopefully others will follow his example.
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on March 29, 2009:
Yes, you are so right, and lots of people in this country still don't even know who Jackie Chan is - or if they do, they just think of him as a comic. He gets a lot of press in China for his good works. My students are all very proud of him! :D
ColdWarBaby on March 29, 2009:
This is wonderful and very heartening.
Why isn't this the kind of news that makes "celebrity" headlines?
These people, who make obscene amounts of money for basically playing pretend like children, should follow this example one and all. They should also make every effort to be sure that it becomes public knowledge. People of great celebrity have the ability to sell more than cars, cosmetics and fashion. They can inspire compassion, integrity and generosity. Their opinions and actions are often inspirational, especially to younger generations.
I think this story is a bit more worthy of note than some pop stars most recent trip to rehab.
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on March 17, 2009:
Thank you! I think he is just terrific! :)
yxhuang on March 17, 2009:
It's nice to meet Jackie Chan's biggest fan here. Thanks for sharing.
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on December 05, 2008:
Thank you for your comment! I will e mail you about the cards! :)
countrywomen from Washington, USA on December 05, 2008:
Suzanne- WOW!! Knew some more about Jackie Chan (my brother simply adores him). Can you read my cards: Coming to the "cross my palm with silver" By the way I know a little PALMistry and as they say speech is silver (will that do)..LOL
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on November 26, 2008:
Yes, he is a very good person. I admire him a lot! :)
tinacarla from USA on November 26, 2008:
wow! great hub! I always like Jackie Chan for being such a good martial artist ! Now I am more astonished with his good deeds!
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on November 24, 2008:
That would be wonderful! Thank you! :)
jim10 from ma on November 24, 2008:
I have always loved him as an actor. I have been watching his old films before he came to the U.S. for years. He always seemed very nice and genuine. My kids and I would watch his cartoon show. He always had little bits about himself at the beginning of the show. He always seemed very thoughtful and cared about others. I'm not surprised about him helping schools that is great. I'm glad you made a hub or I never would have known. Sometime I will get my kids to make a piece of art to send in.
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on November 22, 2008:
Read his autobiography, and you will really be impressed!
Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on November 22, 2008:
I always did like him. Now, he has risen in my eyes.
Thank you for the info.