Mount Apo Foundation, Inc. (MAFI) is a non-stock and non-profit corporation duly organized under Philippine laws. The foundation was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 13, 1993 under SEC Registration No. ANO 93-00161, by a group of incorporators composed of sectoral representatives from the local government units, indigenous/tribal people, national government agencies, corporation and non-government organization. It is an operating organization. Its main office is located at 2114 Perez Street, Kidapawan City, North Cotabato. The foundation has 6 regular staff, various volunteers, and 9 members of the Board of Trustees.
The Foundation envisions empowered upland dwellers and cultural communities capable of self-direction consistent with their common aspirations and values, working in cooperation and unity among themselves and with support groups. Its mission is to endeavor to achieve the total development of all upland dwellers and cultural communities within and around the Mt. Apo National Park , and preserve and enhance the environment and biological diversity of Mt. Apo through the provision of culturally acceptable, ecologically sound, and sustainable technologies and processes. Its main thrust is in education, environment, tribal welfare and social services to which its programs were designed to address four major programs/areas: (1) educational development (2) environmental consciousness (3) tribal capability and (4) community assistance.
It was certified for 3 years on September 11, 2012 and which will end on July 25, 2015.
The foundation’s main source of fund is the Environmental and Tribal Welfare Trust Fund (ETWTF) which comes from the one centavo for every kilowatt-hour of generated power from the Mt. Apo Geothermal Plants operated by Energy Development Corporation (EDC). The Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to the Mt. Apo Geothermal Project called for the establishment of such fund for various development programs and projects within and around Mt. Apo.