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BAPA (Badan Agama & Pelajaran Radin Mas) is a non-profit social organisation formed in 1957 and was registered as a society on the 6th of Aug 1960.

BAPA is also a registered Charity under the Charities Act since 24th January 1989.

Its original objective was to uplift the education and economic status of the residence of Radin Mas district by providing access to affordable education, both religious and academic. BAPA has managed to touch hundred thousand of beneficiaries from its services since then.

Today, BAPA has undertaken bigger roles. It is reaching out to more people at the national and international level. It aims to create a niche in developing a community which celebrates life guided by the Holy Quran, emulating the sterling qualities of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through Sekolah Ugama Radin Mas (SURM) as well as its Islamic Religious programmes both formal and informal such as Tradisi Halaqah, Institut Pengajian Al Quran (iPAQ) and Programme for Muslims with Disabilities (PMD).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes an organization an NGO?

In the Republic of Singapore, an NGO is often a non-stock, nonprofit organization and meets several criteria:
1. Its founders or decision-making body do not involve people who work for the government.
2. It has a self-regulatory mechanism to certify that the organization is legitimate,accountable,and transparent – especially if it receives donations or government funds.
3. Its aims are non-commercial, non-lucrative, of public interest, and for the common good.
4. It has the structure of an organization, statutes, and a legal form/registration.

What is the difference between NGOs and NPOs?

Most NGOs in Singapore are non-stock, nonprofit organizations, so most people use the two terms interchangeably. Technically, however, not all NGOs are NPOs, and not all NPOs are NGOs.An NGO (non-governmental organization) can actually either be nonprofit or for-profit entities.On the other hand, an NPO (non-profit organization) is not a profit-making entity. It can’t simply make a profit and distribute it among its members. An NPO does not necessarily mean ‘charitable’ either.

What do NGOs do?

NGOs under the Republic of Singapore Laws operate and organize for any of the following purposes:

1.Social welfare, such as human rights, sexual abuse victims, child labor, prostitution, juvenile crimes, counseling (e.g. Red Cross, Amnesty International)
2.Charity, such as orphanages, basic services for/distribution of food, clothing, or medicine to the poor, housing, disaster relief services (e.g. Visayan Forum Foundation)
3.Education, such as scholarships, journalism workshops, school materials (e.g. Vibal Foundation, Tapulanga Foundation)
4.Environment, such as the restoration or conservation of nature, animal rights (e.g. WWF, PETA)
5.Health, such as hygiene, vaccinations, medicine, waste disposal, drug addiction recovery
6.Scientific research
7.Religion
8.Culture, such as the arts, music, and sports/athletics
9.Economic, such as loans, skill training, financial consulting, job search assistance

How do NGOs get funding?

  • Accept voluntary private donations
  • Sell handicrafts, artwork, goods, etc.
  • Charge for services
  • Receive other grants from local agencies
  • Charge membership dues
  • Organize fundraising events, like charity sports
  • Are partially or fully funded by the government

Are “nonprofit” and “not-for-profit” the same?

Some groups make a distinction: not-for-profit refers to an activity – a hobby, for example (i.e. fishing). Nonprofit refers to an organization established for purposes other than profit-making.Technically, however, there is no significant difference between the two terms.

What skills are necessary in running an NGO?

Working in an NGO requires basic bookkeeping, events management, great communication and leadership skills, an ability to empathize, and a genuine desire to lend a hand and/or serve the NGO’s purpose.

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