What is RAFI?

RAFI stands for the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. It is a non-stock, non-profit organization established in 1966 by its founder Don Ramon Aboitiz. It is accredited by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) and a member of the Association of Foundations (AF).

Where is RAFI located?

RAFI is located in the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center at 35 Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City.  It is in the heart of Parian, the historic trading site of Cebu.

How do I contact RAFI?

RAFI’s telephone number is (+63 32) 411-1700 or 343-1700. Fax numbers are (+63 32) 411-1790 to 92 or 343-1790 to 92.

What does RAFI do?

RAFI is a social development foundation committed to “touching people, shaping the future”.

Throughout RAFI’s 50-year history, the foundation has developed competencies and insights in community development.

Currently, the foundation is operated by a permanent team of more than 160 employees of multi-discipline. It is ready to upscale models and best practices in development.

What are the attributes of RAFI?

RAFI’s role is to provide the architecture of participation, setting the stage for partnerships, coalitions and project management by working with local government and civil society in bringing about positive change.

The position as an “architect of change” calls for the foundation to be:

  • Collaborative—adhering to an inclusive process as a venue for sharing knowledge to gather the best resources, and providing opportunities to establish partnerships;
  • Holistic—conceptualizing programs that look into multi-issues and draw comprehensive solutions, according to the foundation’s and the partners’ resources, with the end of empowering people; and a
  • Role Model—leading communities to sustained change and results by utilizing best practices at the same time exploring innovative solutions and setting an example to other development partners by promoting their work and causes.

What are the focus areas of RAFI’s programs and services?

RAFI’s focus areas are:

  • Integrated Development
  • Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship
  • Culture & Heritage
  • Leadership & Citizenship
  • Education

What are the capabilities of RAFI?

RAFI’S capabilities are:

  • Grants & Awards
  • Institutional Development & Planning
  • Knowledge Sharing & Advocacy
  • Services & Facilities

How is RAFI related to the Aboitiz Group of Companies?

RAFI is a family-based foundation that is rooted from the philosophy of our founder, Don Ramon Aboitiz, that “the dignity of man is best respected by helping him realize his hopes and by sharing with him the burden of his fears.”

The Aboitiz Group of Companies remains RAFI’s partner.  It has a corporate social responsibility arm, the Aboitiz Foundation Inc., or AFI.

Who is Ramon Aboitiz?

Ramon Aboitiz founded RAFI in 1966.  He was born on November 16, 1887, and closely assisted his father in the family business. From there, he learned the intricacies of business, by involving himself with the menial tasks and mingling with the laborers.  Despite his very busy schedule, he still found time to do charity work, from distributing simple giveaways to financially supporting the causes of charitable institutions.  He died on May 4, 1974.

What is RAFI’s area of coverage?

Various areas in Cebu province as well as from neighboring provinces and regions in the Visayas and Mindanao have benefited from RAFI’s services.

What are the awards given by RAFI?

RAFI confers the RAFI Triennial Awards every three years since it was launched on December 6,1996 during the foundation’s 30th anniversary to commemorate Don Ramon Aboitiz and his son Don Eduardo Aboitiz whose efforts have expanded from that of traditional philanthropy into democracy-based and people-oriented endeavors.

The RAFI Triennial Awards was established to recognize individuals and institutions who have committed themselves to building a more humane, equitable, and caring society.

The RAFI Triennial Awards are given in two categories: the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution.

What are the grants of RAFI?

RAFI provides more opportunities by making grants available for program and interventions designed to uplift human dignity and lead to community transformation.  RAFI works with other stakeholders in achieving these goals through its two grant-giving programs, the RAFI Education office (formerly known as the Office of Humanitarian Relations Services) and the Dolores S. Aboitiz Children’s Fund (DACF).

DACF focuses on programs or interventions for children.  Program clientele/beneficiaries can be normal children up to 17 years old as defined by the United Nation Children’s Rights Commission and special children whose age can be higher.

Meanwhile, the RAFI Education office focuses on programs or interventions addressing marginalized or vulnerable sectors of the youth and adult population.

RAFI provides financial support under two funding categories—RAFI Development Fund and RAFI Executive Fund.

The RAFI Development Fund is a grant facility for long-term programs or interventions of eligible partner institutions whose programs are eligible as defined under RAFI’s set criteria.

Programs/interventions under this call shall go through a standard screening and evaluation procedure to determine the merits of the program and the credibility of the proponent.

The RAFI Executive Fund, on the other hand, is another grant facility for short or medium term program / interventions or requests for special assistance (e.g. medical assistance, emergency and disaster relief, small-scale infrastructure projects, scholarships, and sponsorships and donations) of eligible partner institutions or those endorsed by the members of Executive Committee or Board of Trustees.

Recipients of this fund need not go through the standard screening process as the RAFI Development Fund grantees. However, program/project implementation shall still be monitored and evaluated.

How can I avail of the grants of RAFI?

Preliminary application for the RAFI Development Fund may be done online or can be downloaded from RAFI’s website, Project Concept Application (PCA) Form.  Fill up all the required information needed and mail to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., 35 Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City.  For those with no internet access, you may personally visit the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. and ask for a copy of the PCA Form.

To apply for the RAFI Executive Fund, submit a letter of request or sponsorship addressed either to the RAFI president or board of trustees, executive committee members, chief operating officer, or directly to the head of the grant-giving programs.

For more information on the application process, please call (+63 32) 411-1700 or 343-1700.

What are the facilities available at RAFI?

The facilities of RAFI include the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center, Casa Gorordo Museum, Kool Adventure Camp, School Rehabilitation Program schools, and the branches of RAFI Micro-finance (formerly Cebu Micro-Enterprise Development Foundation Inc.).

The Outdoor Education Center of RAFI Kool Adventure Camp is located in Barangay Cansumoroy, Balamban, Cebu and features reflection kiosks, low challenge elements, learning rooms, indoor challenge elements, challenge ropes course, tent areas, pond and hike trails, conference rooms and  multi-purpose halls, kitchen and dining hall, youth bunk houses, corporate bunk houses, and executive cabins.

RAFI Micro-finance has branches in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol and Leyte. Branches in Cebu Province can be found in Cebu City, Argao, Bantayan, Barili, Bogo, Camotes Islands, Liloan, Naga, and Toledo. Branches in Bohol include Talibon, Tubigon, and Dauis. In Leyte, RAFI Micro- finance branches are in Baybay and Sogod.

Who are RAFI’s Board of Trustees?

President: Roberto E. Aboitiz  

Vice-President: Jon Ramon Aboitiz

Secretary: Manuel S. Go

Treasurer: Mikel A. Aboitiz

Members: Fr. Ernesto O. Javier, S.J., Amaya Cristina C. Aboitiz, Romy S. Ronquillo

How do I apply for a vacancy in RAFI?

For information on employment at RAFI, please visit our website at www.rafi.org.ph.

Qualified applicants must submit their application letter, comprehensive resume with recent 2×2 photo, and Transcript of Records to:

Human Resources Department

Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.

35 Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City

Contact no. (+63 32) 411-1700 or 343-1700