Consuelo Foundation is an operating foundation registered under laws of the United States of America. They are not a grantmaking organization. They operate programs directly through the staff or by contracting numerous non-profit or nongovernmental organizations in close partnership.
The benefactress Consuelo Zobel Alger left very explicit instructions on how she wanted her legacy honoured and respected. She did not want the vision and mission of other organizations imposed on her Foundation. Funding decisions are guided by a strategic plan, thoughtfully adopted by the Board of Directors and implemented by the CEO and Managing Director. The plan is an interpretation of Consuelo's wishes that she wrote and personally spoke.
One of the unique features of how they work as an operating foundation is the way the contract the services of NGOs and private organizations engaged in providing direct service to these children, women and families. The Consuelo Foundation has developed appropriate systems for selecting and working with the partners and invest heavily in their continuous capacity building and development.
The Mission of Consuelo Foundation is to operate and support programs in Hawai'i and the Philippines that prevent and treat abuse, neglect and the exploitation of children, women and families.
The story of the Consuelo Foundation goes back to October 1987 with the establishing of Child and Family Service Philippines by Patti Lyons, then with Child and Family Service Hawaii, and Danny Urquico, then a volunteer working with at-risk youth in the Philippines. CFSPI struggled with funding until Patti met Consuelo Zobel Alger, a wealthy Filipina who had retired in Hawaii. Inspired by the plight Baguio street children and the needs of the Baguio shelter, Consuelo became CFSPI's main benefactress. That same year, CFSPI opened its first program, the Consuelo Zobel Alger Home, a residential center for street children in Baguio City.