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5 Ways Companies Support Charities

There are basically five things companies do to support charities. Most charitable companies use more than one way and some use all five.

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In-Kind Giving: Where the Food Comes From

The Hawaii Foodbank welcomes cash donations because it can leverage that money effectively to buy food and fill in the gaps of food donations. But those purchases account for only 18 percent of the food it distributes to the needy. Most of its food comes from donations.

Source: Hawaii Foodbank


Big Companies’ Foundations

Seven of the top 10 most charitable companies in Hawaii channel many of their donations through their own foundations. Those seven, ranked by charitable donations in 2011, are:

Central Pacific Financial Corp.*

First Hawaiian Bank

Hawaiian Electric Industries

Parker Ranch**

Alexander & Baldwin***

Bank of Hawaii

Island Insurance

*CPB is one of the 10 largest donors because of its initial funding of its new foundation.

**Parker Ranch is owned by the Parker Ranch Foundation Trust.

***Alexander & Baldwin Trust effectively ceased operation in July 2012 after Matson and A&B split into separate corporations.


Top Five Recipients

We asked each company to list the top five nonprofits or charities each donates to. Here are the responses we received.

First Hawaiian Bank
Kapiolani Health Foundation, REHAB Hospital of the Pacific Foundation, Japan-America Society of Hawaii (2011 tsunami relief), Hospice of Hilo, Easter Seals 

Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc.
Aloha United Way, Enterprise Honolulu, Hawaii Island United Way, Maui United Way, Hawaii Community Foundation

Parker Ranch Foundation Trust
North Hawaii Community Hospital, Parker School Trust Corporation, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Hawaii Community Foundation

Alexander & Baldwin Inc. (including all subsidiaries and the A&B Foundation)
Aloha United Way, Maui United Way, Kapiolani Health Foundation, Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, UH-Maui College

Hawaii Foodservice Alliance LLC
Hawaii Foodbank, River of Life, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), American Cancer Society, Aloha for Japan

Kyo-ya Company LLC
Aloha United Way, Hotel Industry Foundation (Charity Walk)

Kahala Nui
Senior programs at: Hawaii Meals on Wheels, Kokua Kalihi Valley,  Catholic Charities, Project Dana, Palama Settlement

Nordic PCL Construction Inc.
Aloha United Way, Hawaii Pacific University, The Queen’s Health Systems, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii

Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA)
American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Boy Scouts of America, March of Dimes

Swinerton Builders Hawaii
Great Aloha Run, Child & Family Service, Hawaii Arthritis Foundation, Hawaii Foodbank, Salvation Army 

Aloha United Way
Catholic Charities, Hawaii Foodbank, Institute for Human Services, Parents and Children Together, American Red Cross

Aloha Auto Group Ltd.
Friends for Life, March of Dimes, Malie Foundation, Saint Francis School, YWCA of Oahu

Pflueger Automotive Group
Friends of Hawaii Charities, E Pule Kakou, Governor’s/Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast, The Navy League, Easter Seals

Hawaii Human Resources, Inc. (HiHR)
Aloha United Way, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, BBB Foundation of Hawaii, Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers

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