Our Mission

The Malaysia-America Foundation (MAF) is a non-profit, non-partisan and bi-national NGO, chartered in Washington, D.C., and Kuala Lumpur, which is dedicated to enhancing people-to-people ties and mutual understanding among the Malaysian and American people and policy-makers. 

Our Programs

Seminars and conferences on bilateral relations and regional topics

Internships and exchange programs to deepen business relations, student and young professional interchange, and short -term academic research

Events for Malaysia and American policy leaders, annual achievement awards, and enhancement of Malaysia-America Society programs in the United States.

Cultural events

Collaboration with leading think tanks, business organizations, and other institutions in Malaysia and the United States

Travel grants and research studies

Promoting information flows to legislative bodies, think tanks, and policy institutions in both countries



The Foundation is an IRS Sec. U.S. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and is registered in Malaysia as a non-profit organization. Contributions are sought from American and Malaysian businesses, foundations, and individuals. MAF will provide verification of all corporate or individual contributions for the current year. Multi-year pledges of financial contributions are encouraged to help provide continuous support for Foundation initiatives in years to come. 

The levels of giving established by the Foundation Board of Directors are:

  • Berlian/Diamond - $50,000 and above

  • Platinum - $25,000 - $49,999

  • Emas/Gold - $10,000 - $24,999

  • Perak/Silver - $5,000 - $9,999

  • Gangsa/Bronze- $2,000  -$4,999


How to Donate

Contributions may be made by contacting:

Ambassador (ret.) James R. Keith

Ambassador (ret.) Alphonse F. La Porta

YM Syed Haizam Jamallulail

Vice President



Bankers: Citibank N.A. (U.S.), Bank Muamalat (Malaysia)