Empowering entrepreneurs to become heroes of society and drive positive change

The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI)

Since August 2018, the ANPI was established to identify and cultivate 100 outstanding African entrepreneurial talents within a span of a decade. The Initiative's panel selects 10 African entrepreneurs every year through a rigorous screening process to participate in the "Africa's Business Heroes" show finale pitch, where they will compete for their share of a USD 1 million grant. Given its televised ratings, the show presents the perfect opportunity to publicize and showcase these entrepreneurs' stories, thus setting the right atmosphere to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and practice across the African region. Apart from getting a share of the grant and a significant amount of publicity for their businesses, it is also thanks to the show's cooperation with prominent local partners, service providers and celebrities in Africa that the finalists receive mentorship and entrepreneurial guidance from globally renowned business leaders. At the same time, "Africa's Business Heroes" extends priceless networking opportunities and exclusive training at the Alibaba Group headquarters.

Learn More


Enabling children to become a better version of themselves

Jack Ma Rural Teachers Initiative

Encouraging rural teachers to help rural children grow up healthily and happily.

The "Jack Ma Rural Teachers Initiative and Jack Ma Rural Teachers Award" was officially launched on September 16th, 2015. Every year, 100 outstanding rural teachers are shortlisted and granted RMB 100,000(USD 14,260) each to support rural education. Other benefits include three years of cash and professional growth support for awarded teachers to enhance their teaching skills, and to play an active role in helping rural children grow up healthily and happily.

Jack Ma Rural Principals Initiative

Empowering leading rural principals.

Established on July 4th, 2016, the Jack Ma Rural Principals Initiative awards 20 outstanding rural principals annually with RMB 500,000 (USD71,300) each. This amount goes towards improving all aspects of rural education from education theory to management practices, and social impact. Specific measures of the initiative include a Principals’ Leadership Forum, an international study tour, leadership training, practice fund, etc. All these efforts aim to support the innovation and development of new rural education.

Jack Ma Rural Pre-Service Teachers Initiative

Fostering the development of future rural teachers.

Established on December 11th, 2017, the Jack Ma Pre-Service Teachers Initiative was launched to identify and cultivate future teaching talent in rural regions by shortlisting 100 outstanding teacher graduates who are focused on rural pedagogical education. Granted with RMB 100,000 (USD14,260) over 5 years, the budding teachers are given support to achieve personal value on the rural front line and to bring high quality education to rural children.

Jack Ma Rural School Initiative

Ensuring children in rural boarding schools a healthy growth.

In November 2017, the Jack Ma Rural School Initiative was officially kicked off. Through a trilateral collaboration of "Enterprise-Foundation-the Education System", new examples of boarding school have been established in pilot schools in different regions. The project aims to explore best practice in children’s life space, extracurricular activities, self-management and the enhancement of teachers’ ability, so as to incubate the construction mode and implementation standard for boarding schools.
Since 2018, “Jack Ma Rural Children's Palace” has been implemented in schools whose principals are listed in “Jack Ma Rural Principals Initiative”. It promotes a rural education powered by science and technology. Through organizing interactive after-school activities that enable rural children to “meet the world, the future and yourself”, it strives for innovation and improving Children’s IQ, EQ, and LQ (Love Quotient).

Jack Ma Education Fund of Hangzhou Normal University

In April 2015, Jack Ma Foundation donated RMB 100 million (USD 14.28 million) to set up the Jack Ma Education Fund of Hangzhou Normal University to encourage education research and innovation. The fund aims to explore the future of China's normal school education and K-12 education. By the end of December 2019, 601 teachers and students of Hangzhou Normal University have been subsidized by the fund.

Ma & Morley Scholarship

In February 2017, Jack Ma Foundation donated USD 20 million to the University of Newcastle in Australia to set up the Ma & Morley Scholarship to support excellent students who want to see, experience and critically explore the world. As of December 2019, 59 students have received subsidies and support from the scholarship.

Learn More

Jack Ma Education Fund of Lhasa Normal University

On June 26, 2019, Jack Ma Foundation donated RMB 100 million (USD 14.28 million) to set up the Jack Ma Education Fund of Lhasa Teachers College. The project, themed: “a building, an award, a group of people”, aims to develop Tibetan education personnel by providing subsidies and training for 1,400 Tibetan teachers, 1,000 Tibetan principals and 800 teacher-trainees over 10 years.

Queen Rania Foundation of Jordan

On May 8th, 2018, Jack Ma Foundation donated USD 3 million to Queen Rania Foundation to establish a joint education project with Jordan. The project aims to support the principals’ training project by the Queen Rania Foundation and the development of an online learning platform, which will benefit learners from Jordan and surrounding Arab countries as well as support Jordan to provide more educational opportunities for refugee children.

Learn More

Medical and Environmental Protection

Working for bluer skies, cleaner waters and healthier bodies

Financial Aid Programme for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19

Sharing and Cooperation are the Best Prescription

The Jack Ma Foundation has been fully engaged in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak since it began. On January 29, a USD 14.30 million fund was introduced to support leading research teams around the world in developing drugs and vaccines for the coronavirus. In one month, cooperation agreements have been signed with renowned institutions such as the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Columbia University, Zhong Nanshan Medical Foundation and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Australia, and over 10 projects have been set up.
As the outbreak continues to proliferate globally, the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have been actively responding to the situation. Medical supplies such as masks and test kits have been delivered to the most affected countries with the hope of helping more people there.
This outbreak is a challenge for all mankind in our age of globalization. At this moment, we can’t beat this virus unless we eliminate boundaries to resources and share our know-how and hard-earned lessons. The real medicine to cure this infectious disease is not isolation, but cooperation.

Learn More

Xixi National Wetland Park Protection Project

On September 8th, 2019, Jack Ma Foundation donated RMB 100 million (USD 14.26 million) to Yuhang District Charity Federation of Hangzhou for the protection of Xixi Wetland. The project aims to protect Xixi Wetland’s environment (hoping to make it similar to New York’s Central Park) and the balance between environment protection and human activity.

International Medical Center of Zhejiang University

On June 9th, 2017, the Jack Ma Foundation, 17 founders and partners of Alibaba, Alibaba Group and Yunfeng Fund donated RMB 560 million (USD 79.85 million) to establish the Development Fund for the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, which is used to support medical education, personnel training, scientific research, and equipment procurement for the hospital’s Yuhang District branch. In 2019, the Foundation funded the hospital to purchase advanced medical equipment. The hospital has attracted 3,000 staff, including renowned professors and researchers.

Women's Leadership

Empowering women makes the world a better place

China National Women's Soccer Team Support Program

On July 5, 2019, Jack Ma Foundation, Alipay Foundation, and Joe Tsai Foundation launched a joint RMB 1 billion (USD 142.63 million) ten-year support program for China's National Women's Soccer Team. In the next decade, we will support the team in improving training, techniques, coaches, youth participation, injury management and post-retirement career development.