History



The E. Zobel  Foundation is a  non-stock, non-profit organization established in April 24, 1990 by Don Enrique Zobel, also known as EZ to many, a distinguished businessman and philanthropist.  In its original statement of purposes, the foundation hoped to cater to the needs of a broader group of marginalized members of the society: the physically disabled, ethnic minorities, victims of natural disasters and calamities, children handicapped by physical or financial cause, and school dropouts.

In 1991, a year after the foundation was established, EZ suffered a near fatal accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down.  This incident did not affect the operation of the Foundation as EZ commanded his son, Iñigo, to oversee the business side,  while he focused more on the Foundation.

EZ’s active years with the Foundation led to a number of programs and activities : lecture series and symposia of national significance; Col. Jacobo Zobel Scholarship Program which helped send a number of PMAers to such prestigious colleges for their post graduate courses;  the Special Scholarship Assistance Project, as well as the Disabled Enablement and Empowerment Program, started in 1997 and 2000, respectively, whose beneficiaries range from elementary to college students who belonged to poverty-stricken families or handicapped.

The foundation has provided assistance and facilitated for the improvement of several institutions, notable of which were the National Orthopedic Center, Simon of Cyrene, Banawe Hospital, V. Luna Hospital, RITM, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, various religious institutions, and the Museo Pambata.

While these were remarkable undertakings, the E. Zobel Foundation ventured into the world of microcredit which also led to the establishment, in 2000, of Banco ng Masa, a micro-finance oriented bank.

In Calatagan, Batangas, said to be EZ’s most beloved spot on earth, EZ donated 13 school sites and has build 78 classrooms over the years.

With  so many  accomplishments  and lives  that  were touched,  EZ passed away on May 17, 2004.  His  wife,  Dee   Anne  Hora  Zobel   is   keeping   the   lights  on  at the E. Zobel Foundation.

Today, the Foundation continues to enrich the lives of  disadvantaged sectors of society through education.  This is carried out through the five major program areas:  school infrastructure development, teacher training, student health and nutrition, learning support and other special projects.

It   is  also  accredited   as   a   Donee   institution   by  the   Philippine   Council   for   NGO Certification, offering tax-deductible incentives on donations made to the Foundation.