The Henry Sy Foundation, Inc. was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit corporation on October 21, 2008, founded by SM Founder and Chairman Henry Sy, Sr., to promote the general well-being of the human individual and to foster education by providing assistance, scholarships and endowments to various institutions. The Foundation began with donations to health care centers and hospitals and continued with providing assistance to educational institutions. The foundation’s projects are undertaken in partnership with civic organizations in pursuit of Mr. Sy’s passion for social responsibility and civic duty. It is a grant making organization. Its main office is located at 10th Floor, L.V. Locsin Building, 6752 Ayala Avenue, Makati City.
Its purposes, among others, are “to support the empowerment of Filipinos through education; to extend immediate and long-term assistance to various sectors of Philippine society, particularly the educational and health-care sectors; it aims to be a leader by example by advocating and providing long-term and sustainable solutions to the needs of the less fortunate; and to develop and implement programs to improve and/or establish public and private health care and educational facilities”. The Foundation’s programs focused on giving grants to health care centers and educational institutions.