The GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. (GMAKF) was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit corporation on April 24, 1991 under the name Republic Broadcasting System (RBS) Foundation and then later amended to become GMA Foundation in 1996 and further amended to its present name in 2003 in response to the overwhelming needs of Filipinos suffering from the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and the Ormoc flood and landslide tragedy. Such were the needs for quick relief operations that GMA Network, then at the forefront of delivering news of the calamities, went beyond the responsibilities of professional news reporting and got involved in providing immediate aid to victims of calamities. With the desire to meet the increasing needs of its clients, the Foundation improved its systems, processes, and structures in June 1996. Since then, the GMAKF has expanded its involvement in humanitarian endeavors by launching diverse programs designed to meet the specific needs of impoverished Filipinos. It is an operating agency that also partners with other non-profit organizations to deliver its services.
Its purposes, among others, are: “to be the leader in serving & uplifting the lives of the underprivileged members of the society through Serbisyong Totoo and the responsible use of media; to provide quick response relief operations to fulfill the most immediate needs in times of crises; to undertake health, nutrition and medical projects to promote greater equity in heath and; to carry out developmental programs designed to promote education and foster learning”. The foundation’s programs/projects continue to focus on the following areas: health/medical assistance to indigent persons, educational assistance to elementary schoolchildren, disaster quick response & relief, and values formation. Geographical scope of programs is nationwide.