Tabung Amal Aidilfitri (TAA) Trust Fund, or Hari Raya Charity Box, was founded in 1992 with a mission to help the poor, needy and less fortunate Malay/Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan (fasting month).
The idea was first mooted by the late Dr Tay Eng Soon, the then Senior Minister of State for Education, who had suggested that Malay/Muslim organisations could organise a public charity drive during the Ramadan / Syawal season as an annual affair.
In response to the call, Hj Sidek Saniff, the then Minister of State (Education) invited several Malay Muslim Organisations and formed what is known as Tabung Amal Aidilfitri or TAA. Hj Sidek became the first Chairman of the TAA Committee.
During its first year, at the launch of TAA, the then First Lady, Mrs Wee Kim Wee graced the occasion. Since then, the Committee agreed that TAA would continue to collect donations from the general public during Ramadan.
Donation boxes were set up at several strategic places such as shopping centres, restaurants and mosques, with its main centre of collection at Joo Chiat Complex.
TAA has been in existence for the past 25 years with the support of 17 Malay Muslim organisations (Click here for the list of participating organisations). It became a legal entity on 30 June 2006 when it was officially registered under the Charities Act, as TAA Trust Fund. In 2007, TAA was accorded the Institution of Public Character (IPC) status.