The Philippine American Foundation, Inc., also known as the FILAMCCO Foundation is the charitable arm of FILAMCCO, established under the administration of the late Dondon Diao in 1992. It is incorporated in the State of Michigan. Donations are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c)(3).
The foundation was formed for the following purposes:
To receive contributions, donations in money or property, and to receive public or private grants.
To raise funds by means of, but not limited to, holding and or conducting millionaire parties, raffles, public solicitation and through other means of fundraising events sanctioned by law, subject to strict compliance with the laws and after obtaining prior license or permission from the State or Federal governments, governmental agencies or units of government.
To hold, administer and disburse the Foundation’s funds exclusively:
- To provide food and medical relief for the poor and underprivileged and to victims of a natural disaster;
- To provide technical and material assistance and aid to poor and underprivileged people in developing and third world countries;
- To advance and promote education and culture and to promote and enhance educational and cultural exchange;
- To provide scholarship funds and material assistance to students based upon need and merit;
- To hold and conduct conferences, seminars, and lectures designed to lessen or eliminate prejudice or discrimination, racial, cultural or neighborhood tensions and to provide assistance for the enforcement of fundamental civil rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of fifteen members including the incumbent FILAMCCO Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Immediate Past Chairperson. The FILAMCCO Council shall elect among themselves the remaining 10 members of the Foundation Board. Presidents of member organizations shall serve as Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Foundation.
In the past, the Foundation has supported the following: PACCM and the Paaralang Pilipino, NANAY, Tagumpay Cultural Group, World Medical Relief, Evangelical Homes of Michigan, Spiritual Women Midwives of the Millennium (a scholarship for Indigent Women), Muscular Dystrophy Association Fund, Medical Missions, etc. Funds were also disbursed to different regions of the Philippines stricken by typhoons, floods, volcano eruption, and earthquakes.
The FILAMCCO is the biggest benefactor of the Foundation, donating funds raised from major events like the Miss Philippines Pageant, the Mrs. Philippines Pageant, Rizal Day, and the Bulilit Fashion Show.