Annual Founders Letter
2017 was a busy and exciting first year for Project Phil with results that exceeded our wildest expectations. We spent much of the year planning, completing paperwork and building a team of caring volunteers. Project Phil officially became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in September and we celebrated with a kickoff fundraiser in NYC in December.
The event was a galvanizing force for our first Giving Season. Between ticket sales and public contributions, Project Phil raised $21,806.25 over the last four months of 2017 with 100% of donations going directly to our charitable programs.
Thanks to the support of over 100 donors, we have been able to accelerate the growth of our scholarship program and health and hunger initiatives. Project Phil awarded full private school scholarships to 40 deserving students covering tuition, books and learning resources for the 2018-19 school year. We are also providing monthly support for 20 families living in extreme poverty in Manila.
In 2018, we are focused on evolving and growing our charitable programs to provide more comprehensive, need-specific support. For our scholarship students, we are exploring partnerships with top universities in Manila to offer free college education to graduates with high marks that pass their university entrance exams. For our families, we are making a larger commitment to their community by identifying social and economic initiatives that can deliver greater stability and opportunity.
None of this would be possible without your generous donations of money and supplies. Thanks again for supporting Project Phil and our charitable mission in the Philippines.