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About Us

CSOcommunity is an online forum where practitioners from Philippine civil society organizations (CSOs) interact with each other and share and access information and resources on organizational development issues of Philippine non-profits.

This site is developed for the participating CSOs of the project “Strengthening the Capacities of CSOs in the Philippines” being implemented by the Ayala Foundation, with support from USAID. At the end of the project, it is expected that more local CSOs are able to achieve sustainable and significant impact, are accountable to their constituents and are able to effectively compete for and manage donor resources.

The following technical partners support Ayala Foundation in implementing the project: Association of Foundations, Caucus of Development NGO Networks, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Philippine Council of NGO Certification and the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance.

CSOcommunity online forum on Resource Mobilization and Development held


Last April 23, 2014, another online forum titled, “Proposal Development: Challenges and Recommendations for Civil Society Organizations” (under Resource Mobilization and Development Group discussion), was organized. Ms. Vicky Garchitorena, Chief of Party of the Philippine-American Fund/Gerry Roxas Foundation served as the resource person for the forum. Around 26 participants from the CSO loop were into knowing common issues and concerns on developing proposals and getting tips on how to write effective and winning proposals. Here are some interesting points from Ms. Garchitorena:

 CSOcommunity online forum on Governance and Leadership held

On February 27, 2014, a 1.5-hour online forum on “Practicing Good Governance through NGO Certification” (under Governance and Leadership discussion group) was conducted with Mr. Luis Morales, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC), as the resource person. There were around 22 participants – CSOcommunity members, mentors, CODE-NGO secretariat, who either posed questions pertaining to issues and concerns on getting NGO certification, probed on ways to meet good governance standards, or simply lurked through the discussion thread. Highlights, as discussed by Mr. Morales, included: