WVM takes proactive stance, combat scams amidst funding challenges

NON-governmental organisations (NGOs) are grappling with not only dwindling funds but also the rising threat of scams that are further depleting their resources.

World Vision Malaysia (WVM) CEO Terry Leong expressed concern over the impact of scams on the public’s willingness to contribute, emphasising the potential harm to the reputation and legitimacy of genuine NGOs.

“Like it or not, these unsavoury acts will inevitably impact the reputation and legitimacy of genuine NGOs and cast a pall over the entire NGO community. Genuine, well-meaning NGOs will bear the brunt of these scammers indirectly,” noted Leong.

“While we tighten our belts and be more vigilant and austere in the use of funding received, we also need to be increasingly transparent and accountable to our donors, particularly in using the donations wisely.”

Terry Leong


To counteract this trend, WVM is adopting a proactive approach by enhancing transparency and accountability.

Leong pointed out the importance of being vigilant with funding usage while assuring donors and sponsors that the organisation is committed to providing detailed expenditure and impact reports on funded projects and communities. Donors are encouraged to inquire about the NGO’s financial reports for further reassurance.

“Accountability and transparency have always been the foundation of World Vision. This is particularly relevant in today’s environment. We strongly encourage our sponsors and donors to reach out to us if they have questions related to our expenditure,” she affirmed.

Looking ahead to 2024, WVM aims to secure sponsors for 5,000 children through its Child Sponsorship Programme. Leong view this programme as an excellent platform for Malaysians to make a meaningful difference.

To achieve this goal, the organisation is embracing digitalisation to extend its reach, recognising the significance of technology in facilitating public support, sponsor-child connections and donations.

“Urban Malaysia is very digitised. Investment in digitalisation is crucial if we are to extend our reach. Technology makes it easy for the public to support us, for our sponsors to connect with their sponsored children and for donors to donate,” Leong added.

Moreover, WVM is actively involved in community development projects in Sabah, particularly in Tulid and Tatalaan. Efforts in these communities include improving access to education, providing clean water, promoting proper nutrition, and equipping villagers with marketable livelihood skills.

Leong expressed hope for increased funding to enable the implementation of more local projects in Sabah.

Despite acknowledging the continued challenges in 2024, particularly for NGOs, she emphasised the importance of persisting in their efforts, as many, especially children depend on their support.

“Admittedly, 2024 will continue to be challenging for WVM as well as other NGOs. But we have to keep doing what we are doing because others, especially children, depend on us.” – Jan 11, 2023


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