The Association of Foundations Phils. Inc. was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit organization on December 11, 1972 by a group of incorporators who were interested in setting up a network of non-government organizations that would develop sustainable programs that serve their communities. It started primarily as a clearinghouse of information among foundations. It then initiated the accreditation of member foundations at a time when foundations lacked the esteem they deserved and in the late 70s it included fund sourcing to ensure survival of its member foundations. It is almost five decades of service, AF has made achievements in information management activities, database gathering on foundation profiles and best practices, trends in development work, and institution and capacity building opportunities. With local and global partner institutions, AF continues to work on improving the enabling environment for Philippine philanthropy and foundation development. Its main office is located at Room 1102, 11/F Aurora Tower, Aurora Blvd., Cubao, Quezon City. The network’s secretariat has a regular staff of four (4), one (1) part-time staff, and fifteen (15) members of the Board of Trustees.
It was first certified for 5 years on June 11, 2004 and which ended on June 10, 2009. First Renewal was for 5 years in December 21, 2011 and which will end on December 7, 2016.
Its purposes, among others, are “to create a vibrant community of reputable foundations working together to build a progressive and inclusive Philippines; and to support its members to enhance their capacities for good governance and program effectiveness, and mobilizes them to shape and to participate in the development agenda of the Philippines”. The Foundation’s programs focused on the following areas: 1) Members Capacity Building; 2) Good Governance Practices and Policies; 3) Development Agenda Participation; and 4) Institutional Sustainability.