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Project Phil

Philanthropy for the Philippines



Project Phil educates, feeds and cares for underprivileged students and families in the Philippines. Our charitable programs award private school scholarships to deserving students and support families living in extreme poverty in Manila. Through our charitable work, we strive to break the generational cycle of poverty that has plagued the Philippines by delivering educational opportunity and elevating underserved communities.

Ruling Year


Co-Founder & President

Benjamin Pousty


Catherine Valeros

Main Address

2303 31ST AVE APT 2A



Educational Opportunity, Health, Fighting Hunger, Community Building, Philanthropy, Philippines





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Over 25 million Filipinos live in poverty without access to proper education, food and healthcare. The average Filipino household makes around $10 a day, making it difficult to meet basic needs.

Access to quality education also continues to be a challenge for underprivileged students, as public schools suffer from overcrowding, lack of learning resources and, in some cases, the absence of grades 11 and 12.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Scholarship Program

Health & Hunger Initiatives

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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Project Phil educates, feeds and cares for underprivileged students and families in the Philippines. Our programs aim to provide access to quality private school education and elevate underserved communities with food, healthcare and economic support.

Project Phil offers two programs to accomplish our educational, social and humanitarian mission in the Philippines.

Project Phil awards private school scholarships, covering tuition, books and learning resources for one full school year, to high-achieving public school students facing financial hardship. Students are required to demonstrate a track record of academic excellence and pass an entrance exam to earn a scholarship. Project Phil pledges to support our scholars through high school graduation. In return, our scholarships students must maintain an grade average above 85 and be model citizens on and off campus.

Project Phil's health and hunger initiatives provide food, healthcare and personal hygiene supplies to families living in extreme poverty. We also work with community leaders to identify socio-economic initiatives that help lift underserved communities out of the vicious cycle of generational poverty.

Project Phil's scholarship program partners with Mater Dei Academy (MDA), a well-respected private school located in Bulacan province in the Philippines. We work directly with MDA's leadership team to thoroughly vet all scholarship students and monitor their progress throughout the school year. This ensures our scholarships are being awarded to the most-deserving students.

Project Phil's health and hunger initiatives work with community leaders to identify and address the needs of the underserved populations we serve. Our volunteers on-the-ground are continuously assessing the needs of the community and making sure resources are allocated to the highest-need families.

The core indicators we track to measure the success of our scholarship program annually are graduation rate, grand point averages and honors earned by our scholarship students. Long-term, we track high school graduation rate and college acceptance rate.

For our health and hunger initiatives, key indicators we assess within the population of underprivileged families we serve include the parents' employment status, children's educational status and family health issues.

As of April 2018, Project Phil has awarded 40 private school scholarships to Mater Dei Academy for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, covering full tuition, books and learning resources.

Our health and hunger initiatives launched in February 2018 in an impoverished community in Pasay City, Manila with a social lunch event. Our volunteers served hot meals and distributed clothes and personal hygiene supplies to 60 children in the community. The event also allowed us to build a deeper relationship with the community and start to develop a long-term plan to serve the broader community. Currently, we are supporting 20 high-need families living in extreme poverty and testing a variety of socio-economic initiatives to help lift the residents of this community out of the cycle of generational poverty.

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