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Business Profiles , Business Trends – November 1, 2017

Hawaii’s Most Charitable Companies 2017

The annual overview of philanthropy shows record giving by organizations in the Islands.

Welcome to Hawaii Business’ Sixth Annual List of Hawaii’s Most Charitable Companies, the Most Comprehensive Guide to Organizational Philanthropy in the Islands.

The list features 94 corporations, companies and nonprofits, down from last year’s record 126 organizations. Though this year’s list of participants is 30 percent smaller, its total of $117 million in cash and in-kind donations made during fiscal 2016 is on par with the previous year’s total of $118 million.

Cash donations – $107 million – made up the vast majority of the 2016 total.

The current strength of Hawaii’s economy is a huge factor in charitable giving, local philanthropic experts say. The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism estimates the state’s gross domestic product grew a robust 4.9 percent in 2015 and 4.1 percent in 2016; real personal income grew by 3.9 and 2.2 percent, respectively, according to DBEDT estimates. Not surprisingly, when the GDP shrank during the Great Recession, which lasted from December 2007 until June 2009, local donations also dropped dramatically.

Another key metric on the list is the percentage of cash and in-kind giving that organizations provide, relative to their gross sales. In fiscal year 2016, that figure averaged 0.52 percent, compared to 0.30 percent the previous year. Admittedly, this measure is crude because organizations can vary drastically in size and sales, but it is still an indicator to watch.

As in past years, we took two important steps to ensure this metric did not skew high:

1. We excluded companies that did not provide total gross sales because we could not calculate the relative rate of giving.

2. We excluded four philanthropic behemoths: Hawaii Community Foundation, Aloha United Way, Parker Ranch Foundation and Kamehameha Schools. Their rates of giving were, respectively, 97, 77, 18 and 10 percent.

Big Hearts

“Hawaii is very generous,” says Micah Kane, the new CEO of Hawaii Community Foundation. “Even people with limited means are trying to make a difference.”

From our vantage point, this characteristic is palpable. Collectively, cash donations from employees working for organizations on the list totalled $3.6 million — an average of $83 per employee. These same people contributed 137,948 volunteer hours during nonbusiness time.

“We have some of the highest cost of living in the nation, but that doesn’t get in the way of people wanting to help,” Kane says.

Bank of Hawaii

Bank of Hawaii volunteers, nicknamed the Bankoh Blue Crew, clear debris from canals carrying fresh water to loi in Windward Oahu’s Kahana Valley during a community service day on Oct. 22, 2016.

The bank’s employees are the key to its community engagement, says Donna Tanoue, president of the Bank of Hawaii Foundation. “The organized employee vision for what’s important in the community, with the bank’s resources, is a very powerful combo.”

A revolving employee committee guides the bank’s Live Kokua campaign, a combination of internal and external fundraising events and community service projects. The causes range from small local organizations such as Na Kama Kai to globally important events like the IUCN World Conservation Congress. In 2016 this campaign distributed $678,091 to 22 nonprofits, including Goodwill, the Institute for Human Services, Ohana Arts, Friends of Hawaii Robotics, Access Surf and the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation.

The bank’s staff also uses its expertise to address community issues such as homelessness, the education of at-risk youth, income disparity and financial literacy.

Grove Farm Co.

Grove Farm Co. supported this educational outing for students from Kekaha Elementary School to the Makauwahi Cave Reserve, located on Grove Farm property on the south shore of Kauai.

The company shows its commitment to Kaua‘i through a variety of charitable actions. For instance, when employees volunteer 25 hours or more to a nonprofit of their choice, Grove Farm donates $500 to the same organization. The company also opens the conference rooms at its La«hu‘e offices to nonprofits to host meetings and events. Among the many organizations that take advantage of the free rooms is Big Brothers Big Sisters. Grove Farm simply requests a small donation of nonperishable food; these donations go to organizations such as St. Raphael Church and the Department of Veterans Affairs for distribution to those in need.

Torkildson Katz Moore Hetherington Harris

This law firm builds relationships within the communities it serves and encourages attorneys to volunteer with community organizations. “We prefer to build relationships rather than merely write checks.… For the firm, it strengthens our ties to the community and its leaders, creating connections with people who are really making a difference,” says Ron Heller, director and treasurer.

Torkildson has long supported organizations such as Boy Scouts of America,
UH Hilo Boosters, the Institute for Human Services, the Hawaii Tax Foundation, the Honolulu Museum of Contemporary Art and the Blood Bank of Hawaii.

“We are open to new things, but we want to stress long-term commitments and ongoing relationships.… We are proud of these long-term connections to organizations that provide important services in Hawaii,” Heller says.

Kamehameha Schools

The will of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop continues to guide the educational trust’s giving in the community, says KS spokesman Kevin Imanaka. “We continue to work with select community-based organizations, programs and institutions to increase and enrich educational ecosystems throughout the state and support culturally grounded programs and initiatives that improve the well-being of Native Hawaiians.”

The trust introduced several new educational collaborations in 2016. UH’s Makalapua Naauao and Chaminade University’s Hooulu scholarships and support programs are designed for post-secondary success of Native Hawaiians. Relatively few public school students on Windward Oahu finish college, so another KS financial initiative helps students earn college credits while still in high school. The program is a partnership with the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and Windward Community College.

Enterprise Holdings Foundation

The philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings (which operates Enterprise, Alamo and National car rental companies in the Islands) is making its fourth consecutive appearance on the list. The foundation says it was created to fulfill a core company value: “strengthening our communities one neighborhood at a time.”

Highlighting its 2016 charitable actions in Hawaii were a $50,000 donation to support the 75th anniversary commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the establishment of a statewide Community Involvement Committee. The committee will focus on disease prevention and awareness, community outreach, sustainability and military appreciation.

ProService Hawaii

The ethos of the Oahu-based HR company is “empowering employers to succeed in Hawaii, and this flows over into our support of organizations helping the community through their work,” says Trisha Nomura, the chief people officer.

An internal philanthropy committee guides the company’s charitable actions. In 2016 the committee created a continuous giving program with Aloha United Way that encourages employees to enroll online and allocate regular donations from their pay. Nomura calls it the first such program in Hawaii and says 52 percent of employees enrolled at its launch.

 


 

Company Name

Total 2016 Company
COMBINED donations:
Cash and In-Kind

2016 Company
Cash Donations

2016 In-Kind
Company Donations

Total Giving as % of
Gross Annual Sales

2016 Number of Employees

Employee Volunteer Hours on the Job

Employee Volunteer Hours off the Job

Cash Donations from Employees

Hawai‘i Community Foundation

$47,000,000

$47,000,000

97.11%

68

Kamehameha Schools

$21,600,000

$21,600,000

10%

2,203

$155,463

Aloha United Way

$12,563,531

$12,103,537

$459,994

77.35%

33

216

220

$30,822

First Hawaiian Bank

$4,740,333

$4,000,000

$740,333

0.64%

2,179

15,305

17,995

$730,384

Bank of Hawaii Corp.

$3,427,043

$3,419,543

$7,500

0.52%

2,161

7,118

5,704

$819,053

Matson, Inc.

$2,900,000

$2,000,000

$900,000

0.15%

1,997

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.

$2,300,000

$2,300,000

0.10%

3,796

22,000

Parker Ranch Foundation Trust

$2,262,522

$2,262,522

18.19%

45

Kokusai Kogyo Kanri Kabushiki Kaisha – US Operations

$1,921,683

$339,059

$1,582,624

0.26%

2,993

3,984

$269,586

Hawaii Foodservice Alliance LLC

$1,519,000

$19,000

$1,500,000

1.95%

295

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

$1,243,576

$1,230,316

$13,260

0.08%

4,410

1,094

12,069

$9,927

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.

$1,178,891

$1,178,891

0.30%

806

Kahala Nui

$1,029,200

$387,000

$642,200

3.64%

250

1,310

136

$7,774

Na Ali‘i Consulting & Sales, LLC

$750,000

$750,000

3.28%

102

Island Insurance Co., Ltd.

$663,430

$655,020

$8,410

0.54%

179

1,023

2,296

$3,544

Central Pacific Financial Corp.

$660,184

$660,184

0.33%

837

13,953

$284,919

First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd.

$600,000

$600,000

0.25%

335

750

1,300

$38,000

Enterprise Holdings Foundation1

$541,000

$421,000

$120,000

N/A

N/A

1,900

3,100

$235,000

Dorvin D Leis Co., Inc

$526,855

$406,855

$120,000

0.37%

480

90

710

$12,800

Nan, Inc.

$489,408

$252,204

$237,204

0.16%

633

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.

$445,000

$160,000

$285,000

0.02%

4,968

2,050

5,207

$14,000

Alaska Airlines

$414,655

$84,605

$330,050

0.07%

10

Servco Pacific Inc.

$394,949

$394,949

0.03%

1,762

1,200

3,000

$205,000

Group 70 International, Inc. dba G70

$381,000

$121,000

$260,000

1.28%

110

4,000

Monsanto Company2

$307,295

$250,555

$56,740

N/A

609

2,837

4,256

Locations

$306,503

$306,503

0.60%

103

260

1,400

Hawai’i Gas

$303,000

$283,000

$20,000

0.14%

321

Alternate Energy Inc.

$300,000

$250,000

$50,000

1.20%

80

250

250

$2,500

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union

$295,984

$164,767

$131,217

0.48%

317

1,179

Pasha Hawaii

$294,224

$123,324

$170,900

0.06%

934

The MacNaughton Group

$290,627

$276,860

$13,767

N/A

20

1,380

Island Energy Services, LLC

$275,000

$250,000

$25,000

0.02%

320

1,400

Na Hoaloha Ekolu

$267,100

$177,100

$90,000

N/A

N/A

1,100

4,000

$25,000

Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA)

$243,302

$243,302

0.01%

1,815

851

$326,000

Kawailoa Development LLP

$243,000

$93,000

$150,000

0.20%

938

1,800

4,000

$44,000

Kalaeloa Partners L.P.

$236,000

$236,000

0.15%

31

120

400

UHA Health Insurance (University Health Alliance)

$213,036

$206,732

$6,304

0.08%

134

120

293

$15,130

AHL (formerly Architects Hawaii Ltd.)

$206,379

$25,320

$181,059

0.95%

83

1,822

$10,514

Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.

$202,308

$69,906

$132,402

0.08%

360

Grove Farm Company, Inc.

$200,000

$165,000

$35,000

1.12%

14

Native Hawaiian Veterans LLC

$180,000

$150,000

$30,000

0.57%

260

200

60

Maui Soda & Ice Works, Ltd.

$170,000

$80,000

$90,000

N/A

N/A

4,000

12,000

$10,000

Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA)

$166,000

$146,000

$20,000

0.09%

3

60

150

$37,000

Aloha Petroleum, Ltd.

$163,000

$163,000

0.03%

565

Pflueger Group

$159,089

$158,889

$200

0.20%

112

8

30

$300

Mauna Kea Resort LLC

$140,390

$140,390

N/A

N/A

1,156

$60,907

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

$136,925

$13,000

$123,925

N/A

N/A

2,864

$1,600

ProService Hawaii

$132,442

$132,442

0.07%

248

$37,618

Clinical Labs of Hawaii

$128,547

$128,307

$240

0.11%

792

48

97

Castle Medical Center

$127,463

$92,471

$34,992

0.03%

752

90

339

$17,563

Royal Contracting Co. Ltd.

$125,000

$125,000

0.20%

112

The Gentry Companies

$122,110

$122,110

0.19%

48

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union

$117,556

$112,556

$5,000

0.72%

109

300

1,000

$21,000

Torkildson Katz Moore Hetherington & Harris

$106,700

$106,700

N/A

N/A

2,046

771

$12,250

Finance Factors Ltd.

$97,597

$97,317

$280

0.48%

120

1,750

80

$9,590

Hagadone Corp.

$95,000

$20,000

$75,000

0.45%

122

2,000

$10,000

King Auto Group

$93,447

$93,447

0.09%

168

Young Brothers, Limited

$91,368

$42,000

$49,368

0.08%

372

$30,848

Economy Plumbing & Air Conditioning

$91,000

$86,000

$5,000

N/A

N/A

RevoluSun Smart Home

$90,000

$23,000

$67,000

0.34%

55

125

350

$2,500

Hawai’i Life Real Estate Services, LLC

$81,687

$57,577

$24,110

0.24%

41

4,079

$24,110

Aloha Auto Group Ltd / DBA Aloha Kia

$62,764

$50,764

$12,000

0.06%

204

200

$800

Hawaii Dental Service (HDS)

$62,435

$61,435

$1,000

0.03%

97

8

96

$14,727

DTRIC Insurance

$58,621

$53,605

$5,016

0.08%

101

204

1,222

$37,411

Pearl Hawaii Federal Credit Union

$55,000

$45,000

$10,000

0.50%

72

120

300

American Carpet One – Floor and Home

$50,000

$45,000

$5,000

N/A

N/A

240

10

$21,848

Fresh Island Fish Co. Inc. / Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill

$50,000

$10,000

$40,000

0.19%

120

Merrill Lynch

$50,000

$50,000

0.11%

110

500

Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

$38,000

$38,000

0.04%

129

57

$12,900

The Hawaii Group, Inc.

$35,654

$32,154

$3,500

0.02%

149

325

450

$13,350

Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co. Inc.

$35,000

$35,000

0.05%

85

100

$8,130

Aqua Engineers Inc.

$32,000

$26,000

$6,000

0.08%

97

148

112

$1,500

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties LLC

$28,744

$28,744

0.06%

53

Kama‘aina Kids

$28,558

$3,558

$25,000

0.11%

883

300

200

Maui Clothing Co. Inc.

$24,800

$24,800

0.13%

117

Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc.

$23,990

$20,321

$3,669

0.06%

180

506

$43,454

Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union

$22,812

$22,812

0.08%

143

600

1,200

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty

$22,248

$17,748

$4,500

0.15%

150

20

96

$11,045

AES Hawaii, Inc.

$20,000

$20,000

0.01%

51

Hawaii Energy Connection LLC

$20,000

$20,000

0.09%

65

60

S&M Sakamoto, Inc.

$18,500

$18,500

0.07%

33

$650

King Food Service Inc.

$16,000

$14,000

$2,000

0.07%

32

Contract Furnishers of Hawaii Inc. (dba Office Pavilion)

$13,728

$13,728

0.06%

44

Bishop & Company, Inc.

$12,728

$12,728

0.11%

12

60

Hawaii Mortgage Experts

$11,614

$10,139

$1,475

N/A

N/A

$1,100

Porter McGuire Kiakona & Chow, LLP

$10,765

$10,350

$415

0.22%

27

100

Alaka’i Mechanical Corp.

$9,113

$9,113

0.01%

278

 

Collecting the Data

Hawaii’s Most Charitable Companies is a unique list that sheds light on philanthropic giving by companies, nonprofits and their employees.

Assembling the list is part science, part art. Hawaii Business sends the annual survey to hundreds of local organizations. We rely on them to report sensitive information, such as gross sales and the cash they donated to charities. For this year’s list, the participants provided financials for calendar or fiscal year 2016.

We welcome data from all organizations, big and small. However, many organizations decline to participate because they don’t want to disclose confidential data or possibly, in typical Hawaii fashion, because they are too modest to report their good deeds.

Sometimes companies want to participate but can’t because of inadequate record keeping.  Also, tracking metrics such as employee volunteer hours can be challenging.

Each year, we ask companies to report five types of donations:

  • Cash from the organization.
  • In-kind donations, such as professional services, products, food, transportation, etc.
  • Time donated by employees while on the job.
  • Time volunteered by employees while on their own time.
  • Cash donations by employees.

Hawaii’s Most Charitable Companies lists nonprofits and for-profit organizations under one roof, which we know can be a disparate comparison, particularly because some entities exist to give, while others exist to produce a profit.

Even with these limitations, the local philanthropic community says the list of Hawaii’s Most Charitable Companies has a critical purpose because it creates transparency, recognizes altruism and inspires organizations to expand their philanthropy.

 


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