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Hawai‘i Community Foundation
Maui Strong Fund Frequently Asked Questions


How can I support communities affected by the wildfires on Maui?
Monetary donations can be made to the Maui Strong Fund of HCF.

Can I post on social media about donating to your fund, or give proceeds from my business to your fund?
Yes. Please access the Maui Strong Fund communications toolkit here with sample language, a social media toolkit, and more.

Does HCF accept material donations like clothes and supplies, or in-kind donations like volunteer hours?
HCF accepts monetary donations only. To donate goods or in-kind services, contact mauistrongassist@hawaii.gov, (808) 733-4300, ext.548. To volunteer, contact All Hands and Hearts.

Where can I find information and resources for those displaced by the Maui wildfires?
If you want to learn more about the resources available to residents, businesses, and visitors to Maui, please visit the County of Maui’s website, Maui Nui Strong.

Is there a way I can donate cash directly to Maui residents in need?
If you want to give directly to individuals and families affected by the Maui wildfires, please visit People's Fund of Maui to learn more about its direct financial assistance program.

Will I be able to contribute to the fund using my Donor Advised Fund?
Yes, you may reach us by email or phone during regular working hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. HST. To request a grant from your fund to Maui Strong, please contact your HCF Staff Advisor or Kevin Rapp at krapp@hcf-hawaii.org or (808) 566-5552. You can also access your account in DonorSphere.

Can I use other assets to make a gift to the Maui Strong Fund?
Yes. For more information, please contact Malia Peters at MPeters@hcf-hawaii.org.

Is there a fee to contribute?
No, there is no administrative fee for donating to the fund, except for a $0.30 transaction fee and 2.5-3.5% processing fee charged by the credit card processor for online contributions.

Can donations be made via check?
Yes. Donations made via check can be made out to “Hawai‘i Community Foundation.” Please write the fund name (Maui Strong Fund) in the memo and mail it to:

Hawai‘i Community Foundation
827 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, HI 96813

Can I support the Maui Strong Fund by hosting a fundraiser, sale, etc. and do I need HCF’s consent to use its name for the promotion?
If you are interested in raising funds for the Maui Strong Fund by hosting a fundraiser, charitable sales promotion, round-up campaign, donation collection, or similar campaign please send an email to CharitableSalesPromotion@hcf-hawaii.org with the following information:

  • Your name and contact information;
  • The name of your business;
  • A description of your proposed campaign including the time period it will occur and your fundraising goal amount;
  • An image of any product(s) you desire to sell;
  • The location of your event/sale/fundraiser (physical location, web, or social media).

While we so appreciate your support, please be aware that using Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s name or logo or the Maui Strong Fund name without our written consent is not permissible. Our staff will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Is Hawai‘i Community Foundation a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization?
Yes, Hawai‘i Community Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible as allowable by the law and your tax situation. HCF’s EIN is 99-0261283.

Can I specify a nonprofit or specific purpose for my donation?
No. The Maui Strong Fund is a pooled fund that will be used for evolving needs. We cannot allocate resources based on specific requests.

My organization is interested in resources from this fund. Can we be considered?
If you are a nonprofit organization interested in resources from the Maui Strong Fund, please visit this webpage to learn about our existing process for grant proposals.