Inspired by St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Consuelo believed in the principle that "what matters in life are not great deeds but great love". Thus, she hoped that "good will be accomplished through my Foundation" and she explained what she had in mind by quoting from the Gospel of St. Matthew: "For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; naked and you clothed me; sick and you visited me; in prison and you came to me. Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me."
She ended her July 1990 message with this phrase of St. Paul: "in all things be ever mindful of the poor."
As concrete expression of her spirituality, Consuelo decided "to spend her heaven doing good on earth" through her foundation. She wanted her Foundation to "serve the most needy or the poorest of the poor" and to "assure a decent quality of life for the most needy families and children throughout the Philippines." In her July 1990 message, she outlined her most significant concerns, foremost of which is to prevent and ameliorate abuse and exploitation of children and women. She wanted "to make it possible for abused and neglected children to have a permanent and loving home". Her other significant concerns are on conditions common to the poorest of the poor: homelessness, lack of income generating skills, lack of self-help skills, and lack of access to medical, dental and social services. She may have seen these as contributory conditions to neglect, abuse and exploitation of children and women.
Consuelo was quite clear on what she wants her Foundation to do when she wrote, "I would like us to renew hope for those who have lost it or give hope to those who have never had it." She believed that the most needy are those who have no hope. In determining what to do, Consuelo's answer was "whichever is the greatest need." When asked up to what point help should be provided, her response was "until the need is filled."
Through her decisions, actions, articulations of important concerns and instructions to the Founding President and Board Members of her Foundation, Consuelo Z. Alger, indicated her other important beliefs and wishes. All of these were compiled and organized with appropriate introduction by Patti Lyons in an unpublished document entitled "Consuelo Philosophy."
Consuelo's philosophy is aptly summarized in her Chairman's Message issued in July 1990. In formulating this overarching framework and for future review and/or revisions, it is mandatory to refer to the Consuelo Philosophy and directives from the Consuelo Board of Directors.