The Association of Foundations (AF) hosted a small-group discussion about the general public’s perception and understanding of the NGO sector and its role in the development agenda of the country. The discussion which was held on August 3 via Zoom was hinged on the Philippine Trust Index which apparently showed a low trust rating for NGOs.

Forum participants agreed that such trust rating adds to the challenge of attracting and keeping young development workers in the sector as well as promoting and nurturing a culture of philanthropy amongst Filipinos. The group likewise agreed to continue discussions on the issue including how to communicate the good that the sector does and determining how to continue building and protecting the sector’s credibility and reputation.