Low Meng Tak Foundation

Our mission with the Low Meng Tak Foundation is to preserve and enhance the quality of life for the people of Malaysia and those around the globe by embracing and perpetuating the philanthropic vision of Low Meng Tak, the Malaysian successful businessman. Low Meng Tak not only contributed to the community from his wealth which he earned by years of hard work, but also passed the mission to his descendants. Among them are businesspersons and philanthropists Larry Low Hock Peng, Low Jho and Low Taek Szen who were taught from a young age that real wealth is the ability to contribute to your fellows.

We initiate grant incentives in support of programs of youth development, health, education, and the environment. We believe in a better Malaysia and are willing to contribute both through the Low Meng Tak Foundation and through our businesses to fulfill his vision.

Our mission as the Low family is to engage with the community, provide financial grants that have strategic value. Our goal is to fulfil an ongoing commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our province of Penang and Malaysia as a whole.

Our community contributions are not specialized. We support a variety of worthy charitable organizations across many sectors. In the past, we have funded charities focused on social services, culture, education and health.


Born in Guangdong in China, Low Meng Tak came as a teen to Malaysia in the 1940s. He was a businessman dealing in iron-ore mining and liquor distilleries in Thailand in the 1960s and 1970s, and in real estate in Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Meng Tak donated money to build schools in Puning, as well as scholarships for primary schools. He did not forget his hometown of Guandong, where he donated money to help build medical centers.

To commemorate his memory, the Lows established the Low Meng Tak Foundation.


  • Grants supporting student success and engagement
  • Education Funding Priorities
  • Support school-day academic and transitional programs that encourage student success.
  • Provide after-school enrichment and support for extracurricular activities in middle schools.
  • Support the basic needs of students with limited economic means on their path to a high school diploma or GED.
  • A closer look at our current funding priorities in Education:
    In-school programs in public schools or independent schools that serve children with special needs
  • Programs that support Career Technical Education (CTE) initiatives, first-generation college students, and schools serving low-income youth
  • We accept grant requests that have clear letters of support, signed by the school administrator (e.g., superintendent) if applicable.


  • Grants serving Oregonians affected by life-altering events
    Health Funding Priorities
  • Serve children affected by a severe health diagnosis or life-altering event.
  • Support the basic needs of children with limited economic means.
  • Help underserved adults to achieve independence or improve quality of life after a severe health diagnosis or life-altering event.
  • A closer look at our current funding priorities in Health:
  • Requests that address food insecurity, safe housing and basic necessities accessibility equipment and assistive technology, evidence-based therapy, counseling and advocacy that improve long-term outcomes.


  • Grants supporting either the natural environment or the built environment
  • Environment Funding Priorities
  • Cultivate the long-term resiliency and vitality of our natural environment while engaging communities.
  • Support community and economic development in the built environment that create sustainable community improvement.
  • A closer look at our current funding priorities in environment
  • Requests for programs and activities that will affect change, increase efficiencies and create new opportunities for community engagement
  • Public access riparian restorations that involve community
  • Athletic facilities in public schools that promote community
  • Other building projects that improve community livability

Children, Youth & Family

  • Low Meng Tak Foundation’s grantmaking in the area of Children, Youth & Families seeks to improve well-being among vulnerable children and families.
  • Low Meng Tak Foundation distributes personal hygiene products that are not eligible for purchase through government assistance programs, filling a hole in the social service safety net and allowing greater personal dignity. Items distributed by the organization include soap, shampoo and toilet paper, among many others.
  • Low Meng Tak Foundation partners with schools, police departments and various emergency assistance nonprofit organizations to distribute items to those children and families who are most in need, using an efficient system to ensure that the necessary products are procured and transferred to partner organizations for distribution.