Abstract: Public Benefit Organizations in Thailand were initially created to solve basic humanitarian needs in urban and rural communities throughout Thailand. Early organizations started out as charity handouts and later evolved and adapted policies on education, public service, agriculture, basic human rights, political awareness, environmental awareness and many more. The status and roles of these organizations has constantly changed and been improved. Many factors have contributed to the evolution of these organizations. But the most significant is the volatile political changes in Thai History. During these periods, Public Benefit Organizations have survived the numerous coupes and frequent change of government. Early founders of organizations were usually members of The Royal Family and upper class citizens, but currently groups and foundations from every walk of life have been actively participating. Thailand is currently going through the 2006 military coup and Public Benefit Organizations are actively monitoring and providing public awareness so that an elected government and constitution will be restored in December 2007. The trend before the 2006 coup showed progress. There have been misunderstandings and misinterpretations of NGO’s, but many improvements have been. Communities and government offices have a better understanding of Public Benefit Organizations. Society in general increased acceptance of the organizations. There were cultural changes from being handouts and takers to being true givers and supporters of communities. The general public is also willing to volunteer and participate with these organizations.
Mongkhonrat Piyanan , Songkoon Chantachon and Sunaet Postisarn , 2008. The Status and Roles of Public Benefit Organizations in Social and Cultural Changes for Thailand. The Social Sciences, 3: 256-260.