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Hawaii's Most Charitable Companies

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You might think that compiling a list of the most charitable companies in Hawaii would be straightforward. After all, you just have to ask: How much money does your company and its employees donate to charity?

But, it isn’t that simple. Many companies don’t keep good records about their charitable giving. Others, in true Island fashion, don’t want to seem like they’re boasting. And other companies don’t want to answer the question for a host of other reasons. Given these complications, a list of this type is inevitably incomplete, especially in its first year, but we still think it’s valuable to report the information that we could collect.

That’s because corporate giving is a critical part of Hawaii’s philanthropy. For example, more than 1,300 companies participate in Aloha United Way campaigns, raising more than $10 million dollars for local charities. Where would the Hawaii Foodbank, Salvation Army or Easter Seals be without fundraising drives sponsored by Hawaii’s leading businesses? So, recognizing companies that give generously is vital to those that benefit from that generosity. And that recognition serves as a model for other companies, a demonstration that it’s possible to give, even in challenging times – especially in challenging times.

So, here is our first annual list of Hawaii’s Most Charitable Companies, plus a story that explains the different ways that companies make contributions. In most cases, the figures we’ve used were self-reported by the companies when we collected information for the Top 250 list of Hawaii’s biggest companies. Where possible, we’ve verified those numbers through interviews and public documents. And we’ve tried to make sure we were comparing apples to apples. The main goal, though, is an acknowledgement of companies’ role in supporting charities in Hawaii and a simple “Thank you” for their generosity.

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