The Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) is a non-stock, non-profit organization that serves as the socio-cultural development arm of the Ayala Group of Companies (AGC). Through various social development and cultural programs, AFI works to fulfill the needs of the whole person, firmly believing in the human being as less of an object of charity but rather, a cause for celebration.
AFI was established by Col. Joseph McMicking and his wife, Mercedes Zobel in 1961. Then called the Filipinas Foundation, it was primarily dedicated to technical and vocational education, social science and research, livelihood and the arts.
It was renamed Ayala Foundation, Inc. in the 1990s, renewing the commitment and support of the AGC. Through its divisions, the present foundation moves along a holistic response to the complex needs of the Filipino.
Today, the Ayala Foundation is also working to extend the benefits of recent technological developments to a greater number of men, women and children. Through these new technologies, AFI continues to work for the cultivation of Filipino ingenuity and talent, as well as the preservation of our rich culture, history and traditions.
The Leadership Communities Program (LeadCom, is a multi-stakeholder program developed by Ayala Foundation, Inc. and Ayala Corporation, and is a leadership development program for college student leaders of identified LeadCom partner schools. LeadCom partner schools are higher education institutions in a defined area (city, town, municipality, or province). Partner schools understand and agree to be part of LeadCom, to jointly organize and jointly conduct a 3-day leadership training camp for their respective college student leaders, commit facilitators and participants for the program, and cascade the program to student leaders in their respective schools, following the model developed by Ayala Foundation, Inc.
Active Aid Partnership (AAP) is a newly established Non-Government Organization (NGO). We started our aid work in autumn 2010 focusing our work on the Philippines. We are now in the process of starting several projects for the benefit of less privileged Filipinos. Our focus is on children and young people. We believe that empowerment and development should be essential elements in our projects and we have a developmental perspective on aid work wishing to support sustainable projects that focus on empowerment.
We are committed to finding strong local partners, who can ensure that our goals are carried out responsibly and compassionately. Professional skills are of course a prerequisite, but a passion for the cause is equally important.
We believe successful aid projects require a mutual commitment between the receiver and donor. We are a non-sectarian NGO with a sincere wish to aid people regardless of political or religious beliefs.
Geographically we have so far focused on the Philippines. However projects in other countries could be considered. Our selection of projects will reflect the above beliefs and considerations.