The story of the Consuelo Foundation goes back to October 1987 with the establishing of Child and Family Service Philippines by Patti Lyons, then with Child and Family Service Hawaii, and Danny Urquico, then a volunteer working with at-risk youth in the Philippines. CFSPI struggled with funding until Patti met Consuelo Zobel Alger, a wealthy Filipina who had retired in Hawaii. Inspired by the plight Baguio street children and the needs of the Baguio shelter, Consuelo became CFSPI's main benefactress. That same year, CFSPI opened its first program, the Consuelo Zobel Alger Home, a residential center for street children in Baguio City.
Having found inspiration in the children she was helping and in an act of extraordinary grace, Consuelo Zobel Alger created Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation (CZAF) primarily to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged children, women and families in the Philippines and Hawaii. Established as a private operating foundation under U.S. laws, and with headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Foundation operates programs either directly with its own personnel or by contracting other organizations.
The foundation established a Philippine Branch to manage programs for the prevention of abuse, the protection and recovery of victims of abuse, and the creation of opportunities for disadvantaged children, women and families. It forged an alliance with the International Youth Foundation to establish the Children and Youth Foundation of the Philippines (CYFP) which became the implementing arm of all the programs of foundation in the Philippines. In 2004, CYFP was renamed Consuelo Foundation , Inc.(CFI). Since 2005 to the present, all operations are managed by the Philippine Office.