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Investing In Community Wellbeing
CHANGE Hawai'i for the Better

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CHANGE Funds focus on equity.

HCF is focused on rewiring the systems that are driving long-term systemic inequities across the state. Each letter of the CHANGE Framework represents a sector, or area, that affects our community and its ability to thrive—from our economy to education. Under each sector, HCF has assembled a curated set of data to track progress on where disparities exist; the organization is also making deep investments into the community with the support of hundreds of donors and working with partners across the state from government to nonprofits to find solutions together—all for its vision to see an equitable Hawaiʻi.

Community & Economy

Hawai‘i deserves a diverse and growing economy that allows people to earn incomes and build assets while also affording opportunities for a good quality of life. One of the projects supported by this fund is House Maui, making affordable housing available to Maui residents.

Health & Wellness

Hawai‘i deserves access to care that improves our quality of life and keeps our `ohana safe and thriving. One of the current projects funded in this area is Promising Minds, an initiative dedicated to improving early childhood behavioral health by investing in the future of our keiki, especially those at risk of trauma, abuse and neglect, or who are dealing with the aftereffects.

Arts & Culture

Hawai’i’s rich culture and arts enriches the social, economic, and physical elements of our community and needs to be nurtured to thrive. Artists in the Schools is just one way this fund supports current artists, helps create new ones, and reaches some students in ways that more traditional teaching methods simply do not.

Natural Environment

By combining efforts to protect and preserve our natural resources, we can keep Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i. Projects funded are protecting Hawai‘i’s fresh water supply as well its near shore marine resources.

Government & Civics

Working together, we can position Hawai‘i as a model for local and global civic responsibility and collaborative policy development. The Kauai Resilience Project that strives to reduce suicides among the island’s young people and Vibrant Hawai‘i focuses on building on Hawai‘i’s islands strengths to create a better life for all there.

Education

Only with a serious focus on educating the next generation properly can Hawai‘i hope to find solutions to our most invasive challenges. Current projects include the Kaua‘i Education Technology Pilot Project that has improved education in Kaua‘i public schools despite the pandemic. Promising Minds is an HCF initiative to teach compassion in our schools to build caring communities for the future.

Are you committed to supporting the whole community?

Then consider giving to the CHANGE Fund itself that provides funding where it’s needed most across all sectors.

Want to know more?

We have philanthropic advisors across the state who can help you. Contact our island teams or our donor services department at 808-566-5560 or email donorservices@hcf-hawaii.org.

 

Preserving LOCAL CULTURE & THE ARTS

How can you help enrich the community by supporting artistic and cultural growth?

Kukulu Ola Living Hawaiian Culture

Arts and culture are central to a vibrant and diverse community.

Establish a named fund to support arts and culture
A simple way to provide aid to other arts and cultural programs and institutions

Establish a named fund to support specific organizations dedicated to the arts or culture
Support your favorite arts and culture organization in perpetuity.

Include an arts and culture legacy in your estate plans
Help preserve the arts and culture for future generations.

Support the Artists in the Schools Program
Funding to bring literature to life or music and visual arts into the classroom helps students expand their minds.

 

Focusing on Education & Social Change

How can you help empower the community through education today?

Schools of the Future

Education is the gateway to an improved future, and has been an integral part of Hawaii Community Foundation’s mission for a century. 

Establish a named scholarship
Provide aid to students who will contribute to a better future.

Establish a named fund to support education
A simple way to provide aid to other educational programs and institutions

Establish a named fund to support one or more specific schools
Support your favorite schools in perpetuity.

Include an educational legacy in your estate plans
Provide aid for the next generation and beyond.

Support the Artists in the Schools Program
Funding to bring literature to life or music and visual arts into the classroom helps students expand their minds.

 

 

FRESH WATER & ENVIRONMENTAL Partnerships

How can you lend your support to preserving our aina?

Community Restoration Partnership

Our natural resources are precious. Preserving them is essential to maintain our quality of life in Hawaii.

Establish a named fund to support environmental causes
A simple way to provide aid to other environmental programs and institutions

Establish a named fund to support one or more specific environmental organizations
Support your favorite organizations in perpetuity.

Include an environmental legacy in your estate plans
Help preserve the environment for the next generation and beyond.

Support our Fresh Water Initiative
Help fund innovative techniques and policies intended to ensure fresh water for our future.

Support our Community Restoration Partnership
Providing grant support for coastal habitat restoration projects

 

Building Island by Island

West Hawaii

At HCF, we place a high value on strengthening communities. After all, “community” is our middle name. Understandably, people are most motivated to support their passions close to home. When we give locally, we see the impact most readily and can take pride in having helped our friends and neighbors.

What can you do to help your community?

Establish a named fund to support your island or community
A simple way to provide aid to other human services programs and institutions

Establish a named fund to support specific organizations in your area
Support your favorite organizations in perpetuity.

Include a legacy for your local community in your estate plans
Build a foundation to help improve your neighborhood for generations to come.

Here are Community Funds You Can Support Today:

Support the Community Needs Fund
Help provide support where it’s most needed

Support the East Hawaii Fund
Offering assistance for the east side of Hawaii Island

Support the West Hawaii Fund
Improving the quality of life for western Hawaii Island residents

Support the Richard Smart Fund
Honoring Richard Smart and helping community projects in Waimea on Hawaii Island

Support the Kukio Community Fund
Focusing on helping the youth of Hawaii Island

Support the Ewa Beach Community Fund
Funds to support activities and projects to improve quality of life for residents of the Ewa area.

Support the Kahuku Community Fund
Aid for programs in the Kahuku district of windward Oahu

Support the Lanai Community Benefit Fund
Promoting education and recreation for the residents of Lanai

Support the Maui Nui Fund
Providing aid for Maui County non-profits

Support the Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund
Supporting organizations that benefit the people, flora and fauna of Kauai.

Support the Kauai Aloha Endowment
Perpetuating the vision of “Aloha: It’s Kauai’s Spirit”

Support Ka Papa O Kakuhihewa Fund
Helping programs that create an instill a conservation ethic for Hawaii residents

 

INVESTing IN HEALTH & MEDICINE

How can you contribute to providing for a healthy future for Hawaii?

Medical Research

In the face of rising costs and reforms to the industry, aid for health care initiatives is increasingly important. Support for today’s research could provide cures for tomorrow.

Establish a named fund to support health-related endeavors
A simple way to provide aid to other health or medical programs and institutions

Establish a named fund to support health-related organizations
Support your favorite organizations in perpetuity.

Include a healthcare legacy in your estate plans
Be part of our healthier tomorrow.

Support the HCF Health & Sciences Fund
Be part of our healthier tomorrow.

 

PATHWAYS TO RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

How can you offer support for our kupuna and families with keiki?

Housing ASAP

There will always be members of our community for whom life is a struggle and need our help. A helping hand can provide food for the hungry or housing assistance for those in need.

Establish a named fund to support social services initiatives
A simple way to provide aid to other human services programs and institutions

Establish a named fund to support one or more specific organizations
Support your favorite organizations in perpetuity.

Support the Community Needs Fund
Help provide support where it’s most needed

 

ADVANCING NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE

How can you help in our mission to strengthen non-profit organizations?

Nonprofit Organizations of Excellence

In addition to providing aid in the form of funding, HCF seeks to help non-profits become more effective and ensure that they address the issues that are most important to Hawaii and its residents.

Establish a named fund to support Hawaii’s non-profit organizations
Help provide training and knowledge growth for non-profit groups

Establish a named fund to support one or more specific organizations
Support your favorite organizations in perpetuity.

Include a legacy for Hawaii’s non-profits in your estate plans
Help our local non-profits thrive far into the future.

 

PROVIDING FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

How can you offer support for our next generation?

Hawaii Children's Trust Fund

Both the education and health needs of Hawai‘i’s youth are opportunities to provide long-lasting support.

Establish a named scholarship
Education is the foundation for a better future for our keiki

Establish a named fund to support youth development initiatives
A simple way to provide aid to other youth development programs

Establish a named fund to support one or more specific organizations
Support your favorite organizations in perpetuity.

Include a legacy for youth development initiatives in your estate plans
Support the next generation and beyond.

Support the Tobacco Prevention in Youth Program
A public health initiative dedicated to improving health by eliminating tobacco use among young people

Support the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund
Seeking to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect