2017 Annual Report

In 2017, Forest Foundation Philippines started implementing its Results Framework, 2017-2021, a five-year program that serves as the backbone of the Foundation’s grantmaking plans. The framework’s main goal is the protection and sustainable management of Philippine forests and its biodiversity, which will be accomplished through four main objectives: grow forests, grow livelihoods, grow partnerships, and grow advocates. This is being implemented in the Foundation’s focal landscapes: Sierra Madre, Palawan, Samar and Leyte, and Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.

The Foundation conducted several project development and proposal generating activities since launching its Results Framework. The core strategies for these involved:

  • Conducting stakeholders’ consultation workshops in the focal landscapes to generate strategies for sustainable forest management
  • Publishing Request for Proposals (RFPs) based on the consultations
  • Collaborating with stakeholders at the focal landscapes to generate, develop, and enhance project proposals

Grant Program: Project Highlights

Protecting Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park Biodiversity and Existing Natural Forest Cover through LAWIN and Incentive-based Livelihood Project

The Foundation awarded a grant to the Kitangland Guard Volunteers Association Inc. to implement forest protection, conservation, and agroforestry activities within the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park in Bukidnon.

Sustainable Livelihoods Strategy

The Foundation launched its sustainable livelihoods strategy in support of the Results Framework. 

Forest Fest PH

In July 2017, the Foundation held a one-day event for environmental advocates and social entrepreneurs to showcase innovative solutions in forest protection and management.

Sustainable and Inclusive Landscape Governance Program

The Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with Tropenbos International to promote sustainable landscapes in the Philippines. Together, we will strengthen the capacities of civil society in the development of policies and  programs that enable the inclusive and sustainable governance of the landscapes.

The Foundation rolled out its  knowledge management and communications strategies in support of the Results Framework. 

Knowledge Management Strategy

This focuses on delivering relevant knowledge products on forest conservation to stakeholders, and providing platforms that encourage discussions on forestry sector challenges.

Communications Strategy

To sustain efforts in forest protection and enhancement, the Foundation aims to build a strong network of advocates, especially among the millennials who are a significant force in addressing the country’s development concerns.

Administration of the Fund

Following the TFCA 2 agreements, the Foundation regularly organizes Board of Trustees meetings to discuss institutional programs and evaluate proposals. The BOT  met three times in 2017.

In Numbers

  • Proposals received grew by 2.5 times from the year before, from 85 to 213.
  • Approved funding for grants jumped by 770%, from US$ 740,886 in 2016 to US$ 5,698,351 in 2017. 
  • Disbursed funding increased by 407% from US$ 179,026 in 2016 to US$ 728,770. 
  • By the end of the year, the fund balance stood at US$ 20,344,864.


No. of proposals received


No. of proposals approved

US$ 5,698,351

Total approved funding for grants

US$ 728,770

Total disbursed funding for grants

US$ 1,493,471

Total counterpart match


Total matching funds as % of approved grants

US$ 353,810

Amount spent on indirect costs

US$ 634,326

Interest & capital gained on

US$ 20,344,864

Fund balance at the end of the year