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Thank you for your interest in finding out more about Gawad Kalinga. We would like your GK encounter and journey to be as meaningful and fulfilling as possible. In this regard, the following are the most common questions we encounter. We have provided simple answers and links to specific pages in this website that will give more detailed information or guide you through the needed steps.


Q: What does 'Gawad Kalinga' mean and what does it aim to do?

A: 'Gawad Kalinga,' translated in English means to 'give care,' is a Philippine-based movement that aims to end poverty by first restoring the dignity of the poor. GK began with a simple desire to give care and leave no one behind, and our mission is to end poverty for 5 million families by 2024. We do this by employing an integrated and holistic approach to empowerment with values-formation and leadership development at its core. Read through OUR MISSION to learn more.


Q: When and where did GK begin?

A: Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, Inc. (GK) was formally established in 2003, but the work began as early as 1994 in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, the biggest squatters relocation site in Metro Manila. Read through OUR JOURNEY for our milestones, development roadmap, and what we have learned so far.


Q: What is GK's current scale and impact?

A: Gawad Kalinga is present in almost every province in the country, spread in over 2,000 organized communities and affecting 60,000 families. There are 16 Area Coordination Teams that are on ground, going where help is needed the most. The GK model has also been adopted in other developing nations like Cambodia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It is also in the forefront of peace-building work in conflict areas in Mindanao and reconstruction work in post-disaster communities. Visit OUR SCALE and OUR IMPACT to find out more.


Q: What is the GK model of ending poverty?

A: The GK Roadmap to End Poverty begins with dignity restoration and continues on to include community empowerment, access to mainstream opportunities and basic services, and eventually to character building and good citizenship. We do this not only by working closely with the poor as they journey out of poverty but by creating a bigger platform whereby we could attract more volunteers and partners from all sectors of society, thereby helping more people.

Gawad Kalinga did not go for a project mentality with a timeline for entry and exit. Instead, we went for a nation-building movement strategy with a 21-year development timeline. Our idea was to create an open platform for massive volunteerism and heroism, where measures are both quantitative and qualitative, with a clear end-goal of helping end poverty in our country by 2024. We know that our goal is a giant one, but our commitment to its success is, too. Read through OUR MODEL to learn more.


Q: Why GK?

A: It is the mandate of Gawad Kalinga to concretely deliver against its goal of ending poverty to families who have lived in slums and squalor from one generation after another. We measure ourselves against the better quality of life that families in our GK communities have achieved. Partners who have been with us from the very beginning recognize that the journey is rewarding, being witnesses to the transformation of the poor from a life of despair to one filled with hope. You may visit the following pages for more details:



Q: How do I volunteer with GK?

A: Gawad Kalinga welcomes volunteers all year round. We aim to promote social awareness and involvement in all sectors of society, especially the youth. Here's how you can volunteer:

  • Interact with other volunteers in exciting activities. Visit our JOIN AN ACTIVITY page for options.
  • Sign up and BE ON CALL so we can alert you when and where your help is needed the most.
  • Visit our WORK WITH US page for postings on internship, research, caretaker and full-time work.
  • Involve your organization in volunteer work. Visit our BE OUR MISSION PARTNER page to find out how.
  • Sign up for this year's Bayani Challenge and go on mission with at least a million volunteers this coming April 9 to June 12. Visit the BAYANI CHALLENGE 2014 page for more details.


Q: If I am not from the Philippines, how do I make volunteering with GK part of my itinerary?

A: Volunteering in GK activities presents a unique opportunity to get to know the Filipino people, work closely with them and get to understand the local culture better. We offer Volun-tours through GK Mabuhay, wherein volunteer activities are packaged together with sightseeing and other tourist-oriented activities. Visit the VOLUN-TOUR page to explore this option.


Q: What programs are available that volunteers can help with and what level of expertise does GK expect?

A: We usually require nothing more than a willing heart to serve, because there are easy-to-follow templates for each activity or program. GK volunteers participate in activities that range from the construction of infrastructure to facilitating support programs such as health, education, values formation and productivity. For construction or build activities, volunteers are assigned to non-critical and less hazardous tasks to ensure a meaningful experience without it becoming too tiring or stressful for the participant.




Q: What is the difference between a donation and a partnership?

A: Donations are resources entrusted to GK for use in various activities. Donors usually opt not to participate in any way with program implementation and simply wish to be assured that their donations are able to help the GK cause.

Partnerships are collaborations between a partner, Gawad Kalinga and GK communities to achieve specific goals. These collaborations are, in most cases, defined through a Memorandum of Agreement between the partner and GK.


Q:  What are the different GK programs donors and partners can support?    

A:  Donations and partnerships for GK programs can generally be classified into these ways of helping:


Q: How do we find communities that need help?

A: Every GK community requires a unique set of intervention programs depending on what their current situation is. The GK approach to empowering every community is to allow the residents to collectively dream of what they can be, identify their needs and work towards achieving them through a bayanihan effort with GK partners and donors.

This is why every GK community has a GK Caretaker Team that handholds the community through their GK journey, facilitates program implementation and linkages with various partners.  Since it will be difficult for donors / partners to get to know and interact with all of these communities and their caretaker teams, there are two options:

  • GIVE NOW and let GK use the funds where it is most needed.
  • GK assigns a Partnership Coordinator that can guide you towards where donors and partners are needed, provide opportunities to link you and your activities with a specific community, and when needed, provide a report on the project. You may set a meeting or contact the Partnerships Group HERE.


Q: How do I donate to GK?

A: You may donate through one of these ways:

  • ONLINE VIA CREDIT CARD (currency is in Philippine Pesos). GIVE NOW.
  • Gawad Kalinga PHP Current Account # 3101 0977 56 BPI EDSA Greenhills
  • Gawad Kalinga US$ Savings Account # 3104 0162 34 BPI EDSA Greenhills (Swift code: BOPIPHMM)

    When giving via bank deposit, please scan the deposit slip or take note of the transaction number and email to with the following details:

  • Name of Donor
  • Date of Deposit, Amount, BPI Branch
  • Indicate the campaign or project you wish to give to
  • Deposits that are unconfirmed or unidentified for one month will be given to the ongoing campaign or to the community where it is needed the most.

  • CHECK PICK-UP. Set a meeting or contact the Partnerships Group HERE.
  • VISIT THE GK GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS at the 2nd Floor, Cheng Building, 212 Haig Street, Brgy. Daang-Bakal, Mandaluyong City. Click HERE for a location map.
  • THROUGH THE GK COUNTRIES, if you live abroad. Click HERE for more details.


Q: Are GK donations tax-deductible?

A: Yes. For donors based in the Philippines, GK is accredited by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) and donations to GK are 100% deductible as an expense in your accounting books. After you have made the donation, you may request for a Certificate of Donation from a Partnerships Coordinator to support tax-deductibility. You may set a meeting or contact the Partnerships Group HERE.

For donors who live abroad, only GK USA and GK Canada can currently issue tax certificates. Find out how you can donate through the GK countries HERE.



Q: Does GK accept 'in-kind' donations?

A: GK accepts two types donations in kind:

  • Help build a community by donating land/real estate. GIVE LAND.
  • Program materials such as construction materials, books, school supplies, medical supplies, etc. However, since GK does not normally have resources to transport these materials to the communities that need them, we suggest that you first coordinate delivery arrangements with our office before doing so. Set a meeting or contact the Partnerships Group HERE.


Q: Can we use our own institution’s established programs in partnership with GK communities?

A: It would be best for both our organizations to take a look at each others’ programs to see how an alignment can be reached in the attainment of our objectives. We need to ensure the consistency of our messaging and methods towards the GK communities’ expectations and vison. Visit our OTHER WAYS TO HELP page, or set a meeting or contact the Partnerships Group HERE.


Q: Can we use the GK logo and website materials for our corporate publications or social media posts?

A: There are specific brand guidelines for the use of the GK logo and other marketing materials. It is best for you to check with the GK Marketing Team for requirements and assistance. Please email


Q: I want to partner with GK but I live abroad. Does GK have international offices?

A: Yes. We have GK Country partners in North America (GK USA, GK Canada), Southeast Asia (GK Indonesia, GK Singapore), Europe (GK France, GK United Kingdom), and Oceania (GK Australia). They serve as local conduits to GK in the Philippines and are able to serve donations and partnership needs in their respective areas. For other countries, you may transact directly with the GK Global Headquarters in the Philippines.


Q: How can we open as a GK Country Partner in countries where you still do not have a presence?


A: We want to promote Gawad Kalinga and the 'GK Way' in all countries. It usually starts where GK advocates emerge as a result of being exposed and involved in GK. They embrace the vision and mission of GK and become our close friends. They then offer to open a GK Country partner office and enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with GKCDFI in the Philippines. We suggest this same route towards becoming a GK Country partner. You are welcome to visit the Philippines, work with us in the many facets of GK work to personally experience and get to understand GK, after which we can discuss the possibility of working with you as a GK Country partner. Contact the Partnerships Group HERE.


Q: How can I help Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors?

A: Visit the Operation Walang Iwanan: Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) main page for the status and needs of the GK rehabilitation and reconstruction effort.




Q: How does GK select communities to help?

A: Poverty in the Philippines is so widespread that we will be the first to admit that we will not be able to directly help all these poor communities. However, GK hopes to be able to provide a template so that other groups can easily align with our work or independently replicate it altogether. There are three basic requirements before we start a GK community:

  • Security of Tenure on the Land

    There has to be a clear and secure arrangement on the land where the GK village will be built. Clearly, GK cannot serve informal settlers unless it is part of a relocation plan to a secured site. “Secure” means the beneficiary community either collectively owns the land or in a usufruct agreement with a private/public entity for the land. Visit our GIVE LAND page for more details.

  • Willingness of Beneficiary Community

    The beneficiary community, after a GK appreciation session, must accept and enrol into the Gawad Kalinga program voluntarily.

  • Caretaker Team

    A Caretaker Team must be locally available and willing to guide the beneficiary community through the GK journey. GK Caretaker teams are volunteers formed and trained by GK Provincial Management teams in each province. These Provincial Management teams are in turn duly assigned by GK Head Office management.


Q: How are individual family beneficiaries selected?

A: GK beneficiary selection usually follows this process:

  • Establish an initial list of beneficiaries

    The local government unit (LGU) through their respective welfare agencies has an existing list of the poorest of the poor in their locality;

  • Validation
    GK validates this initial list through its own screening process;

  • Voluntary Enrollment and Fulfillment of Requirements
    The beneficiary enrols as a participant after an orientation on GK's program and its requirements. The beneficiary then fulfills the requirements satisfactorily and is endorsed by the community for doing so. This includes attending values formation sessions and completing the required hours of 'sweat equity' for building their homes with the community.

  • Agreement and Turnover
    The beneficiary signs an agreement with the community to abide by its 'guidelines of community living' formulated by the community itself with the assistance of the GK Caretaker Team.


Q: What is the standard design for GK houses and other infrastructure?

A: The design of the GK house and other infrastructure has evolved through the years. We began with 'starter houses' that provided for the most basic needs as we defined it then – i.e. roof over their heads, concrete floor, a decent toilet. Eventually, we redefined what this basic, decent house is and considered the community’s lifestyle needs, available land area, and vulnerability to prevailing weather patterns in their locality. You'll find that house designs in the urban setting vary from those in the rural setting and in relocation sites. Check our FUND HOUSES page for sample designs.


Q: Does GK allow more than one family to occupy one house?

A: As a general rule, the 'Guidelines for Community Living,' agreed to and signed by beneficiary families, allows only one family to occupy one house. There are instances however where families temporarily host close relative/s at their house but they will have to secure the consent of their Kapitbahayan (Homeowners’ Association)


Q: How can I formally become a part of the GK organization?

A: There are two ways:

  • GK hires people to fill specific needs. As a guideline, only support services at the GK Head Office and its coordinating arms hire full time staff. All operational functions are delegated to volunteer teams and/or project workers  duly designmated and authorized by the GK Executive Director.
  • Volunteer to be part of the GK operational backbone. Although GK shoulders logistical needs, authorized GK volunteers receive no compensation for their services. Visit our WORK WITH US page for postings on internship, research, caretaker and full-time work.


Q: Where can we buy livelihood products produced by GK communities?

A: Patronizing products produced by GK communities directly support its sustainability and further economic growth. Visit our SHOP page for options.


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