Nonprofit

Nonprofit Celebrates A Century of Outreach

During 100 years of service at Palama Settlement, the faces have changed. In the early years, the nonprofit helped Japanese, Chinese and Hawaiians. Later, a helping hand went to Filipinos, Samoans, Tongans and Laotians. More recently, Micronesians have been coming.…

Hanapepe Gets Heart Transplant

Hanapepe was one of Kauai’s most vibrant communities until hard times fell. Competition from a new shopping center in Lihue and hurricanes in 1982 and 1992 closed businesses and wounded Kauai’s “biggest little town.” But Hanapepe is definitely on the…

Businesses Support Public Schools

The new track at Lahainaluna High School on Maui, along with the field and turf, have been made possible because of millions of dollars worth of in-kind and cash donations by Maui businesses and residents. Additional changes are coming in…

Helping Those Who Feed the Hungry

When a falling tree damaged three trucks, a refrigeration unit and the office trailer at the Maui headquarters of Feed My Sheep just days before Thanksgiving, the charity’s ohana stepped up. Sturdevant Inc. repaired the refrigeration unit; Island Landscape brought…

Good Value for Your Donations?

Major nonprofits rarely put paid staff on street corners to ask for donations and recruit members. So when Hawaii Business staff kept seeing youthful Greenpeace employees around Oahu asking passersby for donations, we wanted to know: Is this a cost-effective…

Ranking Hawaii's Big Charities

The Hawaii Community Foundation is the best big charity in Hawaii and the Contemporary Museum is the worst, according to Charity Navigator, a national organization that rates more than 5,000 charities across the country. The ratings are based on a…

Nonprofit Boards: Confused or M.I.A.

“When I look back on it,” says John D., the former executive director of a small but prominent nonprofit in Honolulu, “the board of directors just really didn’t understand what their role was.” He pauses for a moment, his face…

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