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Malaysian NGO of the year

Howard Lake | 21 May 2008 | Blogs

Interested in how charities in Malaysia raise funds? If so some good examples to look at are this years winners of the 2008 Malaysian NGO of the Year Award. The winners were announced at a gala event here in Kuala Lumpur on Monday night and this year’s overall winner is Pink Triangle Foundation (www.pt-malaysia.org). PT was established by a group of gay men in 1987 after the first cases of AIDS were diagnosed here in Malaysia. In those early years – as elsewhere in the world – no one wanted to talk about the virus. Today PT does extensive outreach work amongst vulnerable groups including drug users and sex workers. Their work is supported by the Malaysian Government.
The runners up were the National Kidney Foundation (www.nkf.org.my) a well known and highly respected NGO – there’s a section of their website on fundraising.
The joint winners of the third place were a Cheshire home(www.cheshire.org.my) and Befrienders (www.befrienders.org.my) who work with people who are suicidal.
You’ll recognise a lot of similarities with UK fundraising – direct mail, corporate partnerships, events.
The Awards were announced by YB Dato’ Dr Ng Yen Yen, Minister for Women, Families and Community Development.
Resource Alliance works with local partners to organise the Awards here as a way of recognising good practice, creating role models and educating the NGO sector. We also helped set up a fundraising course at one the universities here. I discovered at the Awards ceremony that the fundraiser at PT attended the fundraising course here a couple of years back.